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Orlando Magic vs Detroit Pistons Prediction & Match Preview - July 16th, 2022 | NBA Summer League 2022

The Detroit Pistons will be looking to bag a win against the Magic in their final Summer League.
The Detroit Pistons will be looking to bag a win against the Magic in their final Summer League.

The Orlando Magic will head to the Thomas & Mack Center for an NBA Summer League game against the Detroit Pistons on July 16. This game is a mere formality as both sides failed to qualify for the championship round on Sunday.

The Magic come into the encounter on the back of a disappointing loss against 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 that wasn't enough.

FINALKNICKS: 102 MAGIC: 89 https://t.co/nHVWHfgj0z

The Knicks stayed locked in throughout the game, grabbing a 102-89 win.

Meanwhile, the Pistons were up against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. The team from the Motor City haven't been the same since winning their first two games. They fell short once again, losing 82-79 to the Cavs. Jules Bernard scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

That's final from Thomas & Mack Center tonight.🔹 @juleslbernard: 14 PTS | 4 REB | 2 AST🔹 @btwice_11: 13 PTS | 8 REB | 1 AST🔹 @balsa_koprivica: 10 PTS | 10 REB | 5-5 FG🔹 @Buddy_Boeheim35: 9 PTS | 3 REB 🔹 @KamMcgusty: 9 PTS | 5 REB @Allegiant | @NBASummerLeague https://t.co/yj9DTC9m0f

Balsa Koprivica also performed well, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. But that wasn't enough to turn the game around. The Cavs showed their resilience and eked out a win.

Match Details

Matchup: Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons | NBA Summer League 2022

Date & Time: Saturday, July 16 at 3:30 PM ET [Sunday, July 17 at 1:30 AM IST]

Venue: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV

Orlando Magic Preview

2022 NBA Summer League - Orlando Magic v Oklahoma City Thunder
2022 NBA Summer League - Orlando Magic v Oklahoma City Thunder

The Orlando Magic looked good at the start of the Summer League. However, that was due to the presence of the number one 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 just two games, the team decided to pull Banchero out of the tournament to prevent him from getting injured. Since doing so, they have not been able to play at a similar level.

They have lost their last two games, missing out on a spot in the championship round. They will be looking to end their losing streak with a win against the Pistons.

Key Player - Tommy Kuhse

Tommy Kuhse has come off the bench in the last two games for the Orlando Magic. The 24-year-old scored 14 points against the OKC Thunder and followed it up with a 25-point performance against the Knicks.

Tommy Kuhse tonight:25 PTS4 AST5 STL11-15 FG3-5 3P https://t.co/vuo0azYGb5

Kuhse only found playing time with the Magic after the second game. His shooting has been off the charts, and he will be pivotal in their matchup against the Pistons.

Orlando Magic Predicted Lineup

Point Guard - Tommy Kuhse, Shooting Guard - Devin Cannady, Small Forward - Caleb Houstan, Power Forward - Emmanuel Terry, Center - Kwan Cheatham Jr.

Detroit Pistons Preview

2022 NBA Summer League - Portland Trail Blazers v Detroit Pistons
2022 NBA Summer League - Portland Trail Blazers v Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons had one of the most exciting teams heading into the Summer League. As expected, they started the tournament on fire by racking up two consecutive wins. However, it has not been smooth sailing for them since.

Isaiah Stewart, Isaiah Livers and Jaden Ivey were all part of the roster initially. But the team decided to shut them down after the second game and have struggled in their absence.

Braxton said stop right there✋ ‼️@Allegiant | @btwice_11 https://t.co/55qLwWK38u

Despite missing out on the championship game, the Pistons have had some positives in the Summer League. They will undoubtedly look to end on a high note 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 strong 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 size helps him be active on defense. With all of their stars out, Key will have to step up to lead the team to a win. Although the game is unimportant, he could use this as a chance to impress the coaches in Detroit.

Detroit Pistons Predicted Lineup

Point Guard - Charlie Moore, Shooting Guard - Buddy Boeheim, Small Forward - Stanley Umude, Power Forward - Braxton Key, Center - Balsa Koprivica

Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons Match Prediction

The Magic vs. Pistons is going to be an exciting game to watch. However, considering the players available for selection and the two teams' playing style, the Pistons could eke out 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. Live streaming will also be available on the official NBA app and Fubo TV.

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Edited by Chad Marriott
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