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Friday, February 27th (All times eastern)

Detroit Pistons (27-29) at Orlando Magic (42-15), 7:00 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The slumping Detroit Pistons are lucky to be in the Eastern Conference, where they are currently seeded seventh despite a losing record thanks to a season-high eight-game skid.

Detroit will try to reach the win column for the first time since a 126-121 overtime victory at Milwaukee on February 7 when it visits the Orlando Magic tonight.

The Pistons haven't lost nine a row since closing out the 1993-94 campaign with 13 straight defeats. Detroit lost the season opener the following year as well.

Detroit is 0-3 so far on the road swing and has lost four in a row as the guest, including Wednesday's 90-87 decision at New Orleans. Richard Hamilton scored a team-high 24 points for the Pistons and flamboyant center Rasheed Wallace had 16 and seven rebounds before being ejected in the fourth quarter for throwing a towel into the stands and another one onto the court.

Wallace, though, had two technical fouls from earlier in the season taken away on Thursday and will not be given a previously expected one-game suspension following his recent behavior.

Antonio McDyess had 15 points and nine rebounds while Tayshaun Prince scored 11 for Detroit, which got just two points from Allen Iverson. Iverson left the game after playing only 8:16 due to back stiffness and is questionable against the Magic.

The Pistons will also visit Boston on this trek and are 13-14 away from The Palace of Auburn Hills this season.

Meanwhile, the Southeast Division-leading Magic have won three of their last four games and sit third in the Eastern Conference standings. They are coming off Wednesday's 114-109 victory over New York in which Dwight Howard recorded his 46th double-double of the season with 24 points and 21 rebounds.

Hedo Turkoglu registered a game-best 33 points, while Rashard Lewis added 17 points and Courtney Lee and Rafer Alston both notched 15 for Orlando.

The Magic will now try to even the season series with Detroit after suffering an 88-82 loss at The Palace on December 29.

Detroit has won seven of nine and 20 of the past 28 matchups with Orlando, which snapped a three-game home losing streak in the series with a 102-100 triumph back on January 21, 2008.

In injury news for the Magic, guard Mickael Pietrus (sprained right wrist) is probable to play tonight.

02/27 10:43:29 ET


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