Free NBA Pick: Hornets vs Magic NBA Odds
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(17-14) Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic (15-18)
Date: Wednesday December 28
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
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These teams have met once this season with Charlotte winning easily, by 21 points at home.
The Hornets have not been a good road team this season which is surprising given their defensive nature.
Orlando is on a rare mini streak having won 2 in a row.
It might have been a bit of an understatement to say that Charlotte is a bad road team. They have won just one of their last six away from home.
That swing has narrowed their lead in the Southeast Division. They are actually only three games up on Orlando making this one a pretty important game for the home team.
We all know that the Hornets rely on Kemba Walker as much as any team relies on its star player. He has not been great over the last couple of weeks, often scoring below his average of 22ppg.
Nick Batum is doing his best to bridge the gap, scoring better than 20 in five of the last six contests. Including a triple double before Christmas against Chicago.
Inside they are getting great production from Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky. The underrated duo are averaging 20 and 10 but I am not sure you can play them together in today’s NBA.
Charlotte has really struggled the last couple of weeks thanks to a slew of road games. I am not sure when they are going to look like the team they can be.
Orlando has won two in a row and three of four but I am still not sold they are going to be a playoff threat in the Eastern Conference.
Aaron Gordon has been mostly a bust since being drafted but is coming off a 30 point game in their recent win over Memphis. I am always on this guy, in part because how does a guy with his athleticism only get one rebound in 34 minutes of action. My hunch is that his hoops IQ is not strong.
The Magic are developing another bust Elfrid Payton into a solid reserve but they are nuts to be not playing Nikola Vucevic more. I am a Toronto guy so I am a Bismack Biyombo fan but he should not be starting, at least not for a team that has a player like Vucevic.
Evan Fournier is not my favourite guy but I have to give him credit for being a crafty scorer. Still if he is leading your team in scoring you need help there. As a number 3 he would be brilliant.
Philly takes a lot of grief for drafting the way they do but Orlando might be worse at it. Mario Hezonja is a total bust and the players abover other than Vucevic are disappointments.
Orlando does get some credit for playing pretty good defense most nights. That is why Biyombo plays so much and that is what the coach wants.
This team is still a long way from being relevant though.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games.
- Hornets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Hornets are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Magic are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games.
- Over is 5-1 in Magic last 6 games following a ATS win.
- Magic are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
This is a tough spot because I always have a hard time getting behind the Magic in almost any situations. Still they might be catching the Hornets in a good spot.
You have to think the hardened Hornets can’t stay this bad on the road….right?
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Orlando 99 – Charlotte 96
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