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(34-45) Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic (24-54)
Date: Friday April 6, 2018
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 212
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These are two alsorans playing out the string for sure. What kind of effort you are going to get is difficult to predict. One difference that is obvious is that in Charlotte you have a veteran team while Orlando is very young. What you can do with that data point, I am not quite sure.
Orlando has been a big time fade team for me this season and they have backed that up with a terrible ATS record, especially at home. They are 15-23 ATS at home, mostly as a dog too. Not much of a home court advantage.
The Hornets have just a few games left in the season. They are in no man’s land, not challenging for the playoffs but also not in a great position to win the lottery. Essentially, they were not tanking this season.
With the season essentially done it is easy to look back at this point. In doing so I think it is fair to say that not a single Hornet exceeded expectations this season. In fact most were well below. Hence the poor season by the team.
No player has been a bigger disappointment than Nicolas Batum. His first two seasons in Charlotte he was a revelation as a scorer and distributor. This season, in part due to injury he has been a non factor most night. He will be 30 later in the year so turning it around might be unlikely.
Kemba Walker is a treat to watch. On some nights his ability to improvise is enough to nudge the Hornets to victory. At the same time his inability to score without dominating the ball is probably holding this team back. He might be better suited as a gunner kind of 6th man, like Lou Williams.
Dwight Howard is no longer Superman but he had a very productive season. It is interesting how what he does best is being devalued in the NBA
I truly hope that the Magic brass are not surprised with their results this season. Any team that relies on Elfrid Payton is already in trouble but letting him run the point when he can’t even see the court is just embarrassing. Also, why do they want Aaron Gordon to take 40 dribbles before making his moves. This team has low talent and bad management to me.
I know Gordon’s 17ppg look like a successful season but he has been hurt throughout the season and on bad teams lots of players often put up good numbers. I think the hope is that he might evolve into a Blake Griffin kind of impact player. I am not seeing that development nor would that significantly put the Magic much further ahead. They drafted his replacement already this season but Jonathan Isaac barely played due to injury.
It is really hard to see where the Magic are going right now. They are probably best to do what Phoenix has done and cut as deep as possible. Short of winning the lottery and getting a generational player, this group is going to be bad for a while. An afterthought most nights.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Magic are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Under is 7-1 in Magic last 8 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Magic are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic NBA Prediction:
When it is released this line should be set to about even. I am not sure you are going to be able to truly handicap it.
In terms of motivation it should be about even at next to none. Orlando has little pride or built in home court advantage either.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: UNDER
The playoffs are literally just around the corner. I would take a pass on this contest and save your bullets for then.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Hornets 101 – Magic 95
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