Free NBA Hoops Pick: Magic vs Hornets Lines
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(29-37) Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets (37-29)
Date: Wednesday Mar 16
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina
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Charlotte is coming off a loss to a quality opponent, but remains one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference. Before losing to a veteran Mavs squad, they had reeled off 7 consecutive wins, albeit against mostly sub-par opponents.
Orlando is coming off a win, but has only managed two wins against playoff teams since returning from the All-Star break. They will also be faced with heading out on the road on the tail end of a back-to-back, and could be without 2 of their regular starters.
They have split the season series 1-1 to date, with both of those games being played on Orlando’s home court
Let’s start with the obvious: Orlando could be missing two of their better players in Nikola Vucevic and Elfrid Payton, which immediately puts them behind the 8 ball. The dynamic duos of Jason Smith/Dwayne Dedmon and Brandon Jennings/CJ Watson that stand to soak up the minutes have done little to nothing with the extended run.
The current starters on the wings have shouldered the load recently, with Fournier and Oladipo combining to average 41.6 PPG over their last 5. Aaron Gordon has finally been unleashed by Scott Skiles, but his lockdown defensive talents may be wasted in this one if he is charged with guarding Marvin Williams.
Orlando has shot 52.3% from the field in their two matchups vs. Charlotte this year, but this resulted from high-volume, high-percentage contributions from Tobias Harris (traded) and Vucevic (injured).
Orlando guards well as a team, but they are in the bottom third of the league in scoring. This should be amplified due to their current injury concerns, especially against a tough defensive unit like Charlotte. They have struggled on the road this year (11-21)
The win streak was impressive, but don’t let it fool you; Charlotte beat only two playoff teams during their run of 7 and both of those teams sit in 7th in their respective conferences.
After enduring injuries to a number of key players the Hornets are finally fielding a deep and well balanced team, led by Kemba Walker who has scored 25 points or more points in 7 of his last 8 games.
Their starting unit has produced with exceptional efficiency in recent games, with 4 of their 5 starters averaging over 50% from the field in the last two weeks. The lone dissenter, Nicolas Batum has shot a respectable 46% while producing 6.3 assists per game during that stretch.
Charlotte defends their home court well with a record of 25-10 to date.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Magic are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference
- Magic are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Charlotte
Free Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
All signs point to the home team coming out on top in this one. They have scored 108 points or more in 7 of their last 8 and will be facing a young Magic squad coming in on the second night of a back-to-back.
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This one should be a shootout based on their previous matchups, but without a full complement of players I struggle to see the shorthanded Magic challenging the red hot Hornets tonight.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte 108 – Orlando 98
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