ORL vs DET Dream11: NBA has been grinding out games on a regular basis and as we head towards the Playoffs territory, things are looking promising for some squads while murky for others. There are teams that set a winning tone since the beginning of the season while other teams have not set any winning rhythm and have kept on losing ground, a trend that has transferred till the current phase. And two of these struggling teams in Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons will clash in this game.
The Eastern Conference has seen the rise of various teams but some teams have continued to fall off. The Magic and Pistons have just a difference of one loss and they are both virtually out of the Playoffs race at the moment. These two teams have struggled since the beginning of the season and this is not a surprise considering that they both are in the rebuilding mode and are yet to identify a winning core.
The Magic has compiled just 18 wins and has conceded 52 games so far, currently on a two-game losing streak. On the other hand, the Pistons have almost a similar record with 18 wins and 51 losses, right now on a four-game losing streak, which has been the norm for the season when it comes to this squad.
Host: Orlando Magic
Visitors: Detroit Pistons
Match Timing: 18 March, @ 04:30 AM
Venue: Amway Center
The Magic comes into this game after being blown to bits 108:150 by the Brooklyn Nets as Kyrie piled up 60 points on them
The Magic has been troubled while playing against elite teams, despite the horrid loss to the Nets, the team has done well to win five out of the last ten games. A window that has been rather welcoming for the squad. Mostly, the Magic has struggled to make ends meet and has been overwhelmed on both ends of the floor on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean that the team lacks promise.
The two major guards, Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony have shown a lot of talent with both potentially becoming the playmaking and scoring guards but yes, they have ways to go in terms of efficiency. My personal favorite from the team is Wendell Carter Jr., who has provided top-notch rebounding, defense, and has been a stellar offensive player. Rookie Franz Wagner can become another all-around option in a team that has four players in Suggs, Anthony, Carter Jr., and himself as all-around threats. Mo Bamba and Chuma Okeke need more offensive polishing but overall, the young core has been rather impressive.
Pistons come into this game after a 98:105 defeat against the Heat as their leading guard Cade Cunningham was missing
The Pistons have lost four in a row but they have played some inspirational basketball since All-Star break. They notched some big wins against the likes of Hawks, Raptors, and Celtics some weeks or ago, and unlike earlier, when they were losing by a margin of 15 or more, the current window has rather seen them by either win in 1-5 points margin or not lose by more than 9, which has been a big improvement from before. However, the team will miss Jerami Grant who makes them better on both ends of the floor.
Cade Cunningham(Questionable for the game) has been improving his offensive game by each month and lately, he lit multiple opponents on fire, continuously scoring 20 or more while being an effective rebounder and playmaker. Jerami Grant has seen a decrease in scoring but is a prolific wing while Saddiq Bey continues to hit cold-shooting stretches although has improved as a passer. Marvin Bagley III has been impressive as the big Forward. On the other hand, Killian Hayes continues to have shooting troubles but has been a stellar playmaker like last season. The Pistons’ current run is promising and they may stick around with the current young core.
Orlando Magic | Detroit Pistons
Games: 70 | 69
Wins: 18 | 18
Defeats: 52 | 51
Orlando Magic Team News
Magic Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Franz Wagner
Frontline: PF: Wendell Carter Jr. | C: Mo Bamba
Guards: SG: RJ Hampton | PG: Cole Anthony
Bench: Terrence Ross, Chuma Okeke, Moritz Wagner, Robin Lopez, Ignas Brazdeikis, Admiral Schofield.
Detroit Pistons Team News
Pistons Expected Starting Five
Big Forward: PF: Marvin Bagley III
Wing: SF: Saddiq Bey
Middle: C: Isaiah Stewart
Guards: SG: Cade Cunningham(QUESTIONABLE)| PG: Cory Joseph
BENCH: PF: Marvin Bagley III, Saben Lee, Jamaro Pickett, Isaiah Livers, Luka Garza
Cole Anthony is an impressive Point Guard who has been acting as the major ball-handler and scorer for the Magic since the last season. He has mostly been in 15-19 points and 5-7 assists range. The Center can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-34
Wing Bey has been struggling shooting-wise but he has a lot of promise as an all-around Small Forward. The second-year player has mostly been in 9-13 points, 3-5 rebounds, and 4+ assists range but I expected him to score in the 16-22 points range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-39
Wendell Carter Jr.(ORL)
Big Forward Wendell has been a brilliant rebounder and defender while consistently improving his scoring and playmaking. The rugged big has mostly been in 18-23 points, 10-12 rebounds, and 4-5 assists range. He is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-42
Wing Franz has been inefficient these days but that is understandable for any player in the league, let alone a rookie. Overall, he has a lot of promise and has mostly been in 12-15 points and 5-7 rebounds range this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-32
Cade Cunningham(DET) who missed the last game has done a more than decent job as the starting one-guard, playing some of his basketball recently. The Guard has mostly been in 20-24 points, 6-9 rebounds, and 6-10 assists range these days. He is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-48
Marvin Bagley III(DET)
Big Forward Bagley has been a great addition to the Pistons and has gotten it done in multiple areas since his inclusion. The Forward has mostly been in 13-19 points and 8-11 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-31
Want to see two young teams in action? In a great piece of news for Indian NBA fans, the two official streaming services in Voot and JIO TV will showcase this game. But what if you miss the game that starts rather early? Then you’d need to go to the NBA League Pass and if you purchase the annual subscription, you can both catch up on all live games, but you can also view the full game replays. To learn the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the NBA.