It's no secret the Orlando Magic have struggled defensively during their month-long malaise, but they've been particularly bad against teams with losing records.

Perhaps facing the Detroit Pistons twice in the next six days will get them headed in the right direction.

Orlando will try to avoid an eighth straight loss against a sub-.500 team on Tuesday night at The Palace when they look for a fourth straight win over the Pistons.

The Pistons opened their season, now one game removed from the halfway point, on Halloween. Sort of fitting. Because the team that’s gone 8-4 over its last 12 games resembles that team about as much as the CPA who dresses up for Halloween resembles his Freddy Krueger costume.

They’re still a long way from completing their transformation, they’re still too inconsistent for Lawrence Frank’s liking and they still have areas of need. But for the first time since the transition phase from the Goin’ to Work era began, the identity the Pistons are seeking is taking a recognizable form.