The Orlando Magic will travel to the Thomas & Mack Center for an NBA Summer League game against the Detroit Pistons on July 16. This game is just a formality as both teams failed to advance to the championship round on Sunday.
The Magic enter the game after a disappointing loss to the New York Knicks. Tommy Kuhse led the way for his team, scoring 25 points off the bench on 73.3% shooting from the field. Justin James and Jared Wilson-Frame added 16 and 10 points respectively, but it wasn’t enough.
The Knicks stayed locked in throughout the game, earning a 102-89 win.
Meanwhile, the Pistons took on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. The Motor City team hasn’t been the same since winning its first two games. They failed yet again, losing 82-79 to the Cavs. Jules Bernard scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Balsa Koprivica also performed well, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. But that was not enough to turn the tide. The Cavs showed their resilience and picked up a win.
Match-up: Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons | 2022 NBA Summer League
Date and time: Saturday, July 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET [Sunday, July 17 at 1:30 AM IST]
Location: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV
Overview of the Magic of Orlando
The Orlando Magic looked good at the start of the Summer League. However, this was due to the presence of first overall pick Paolo Banchero. With him on the team, the Magic won their first two games.
The 19-year-old averaged 20 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. After only two games, the team decided to remove Banchero from the tournament to prevent him from getting injured. Since then, they have not been able to play at a similar level.
They have lost their last two games, missing out on a championship round berth. They will look to end their losing streak with a win over the Pistons.
Key Player – Tommy Kuhse
Tommy Kuhse has come off the bench in the Orlando Magic’s last two games. The 24-year-old scored 14 points against the OKC Thunder and followed that up with a 25-point performance against the Knicks.
Kuhse didn’t find playing time with the Magic until after Game 2. His shooting has been off the charts and he will play a pivotal role in their matchup against the Pistons.
Scheduled Orlando Magic Lineup
Point Guard – Tommy Kuhse, Shooting Guard – Devin Cannady, Small Forward – Caleb Houstan, Power Forward – Emmanuel Terry, Center – Kwan Cheatham Jr.
Detroit Pistons Preview
The Detroit Pistons had one of the most exciting teams before the Summer League. As expected, they started the tournament on fire racking up two straight wins. However, it hasn’t been easy for them since.
Isaiah Stewart, Isaiah Livers and Jaden Ivey were all initially on the list. But the team decided to shut them down after Game 2 and struggled in their absence.
Although they missed the championship game, the Pistons had some bright spots in the Summer League. They will no doubt be looking to finish on a high and continue their preparations for next season.
Key Player – Braxton Key
The Detroit Pistons signed the forward to a 10-day contract last season. Following his good performances, they decided to offer him a two-way contract. He also represented their G-League affiliate, the Motor City Cruise.
Key is a talented player. He has a good jumper and his height helps him to be active in defense. With all of their stars out, Key will need to step up to lead the team to victory. Although the game is not important, he could use it to impress the coaches of Detroit.
Detroit Pistons predicted roster
Point Guard – Charlie Moore, Shooting Guard – Buddy Boeheim, Small Forward – Stanley Umude, Power Forward – Braxton Key, Center – Balsa Koprivica
Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons game prediction
The Magic vs. Pistons is going to be an exciting game to watch. However, given the players available for draft and both teams’ style of play, the Pistons could pull off a win on Saturday.
Where to watch the Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons game?
The Magic vs. Pistons game will be nationally televised on ESPNU. The live stream will also be available on the official NBA app and Fubo TV.