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(4-1 )Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets (2-3)
Date: Sunday October 29
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Hornets -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 212.5
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Sunday October 29th the Orlando Magic arrives at the Spectrum Center to face the Charlotte Hornets. Arguably the Magic are the most surprising squad of the early season as they bring a 4-1 record and plenty of confidence to Charlotte.
Last season, the Hornets swept the Magic and are on a current seven game win streak versus Orlando. The Magic hold the edge all-time between the opponents with a 50-47 win margin.
A common NBA adage is you can’t secure your spot to the postseason in the fall , but you can definitely lose it. To that end, the 4 -1 Magic are off to the hottest start in the East. Most pundits predicted another season of futility for Orlando and earmarked Philly as the team likely to step up. To date, it’s the exact opposite with those team’s records mirror reflections. Caution is necessary, but there are also palpable signs in which to believe the Magic may be able to sustain these efforts.
Three of the four victories the Magic registered came against upper tier talents (Heat, Cavaliers, Spurs). Other tangible signs are the improvements in copious offensive areas, particularly ball movement and perimeter shooting. Orlando’s 29th ranked offense from 2016-17 has skyrocketed to second. More importantly an offense which was limited in versatility, pace and production is functioning on all cylinders.
Clearly a return to power forward is paying dividends for Aaron Gordon who is averaging 23.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Thank an improvement from the perimeter of 28.8% to a gaudy 72.7% as a big reason why. Joining Gordon are six others who are averaging over 45.5% from deep (shooting a minimum of 1.5 attempts per game).
No doubt questions will arise over the sustainability of this offense. But, in fairness this is a youthful athletic squad who finally are working with some constancy for the first time in years.
Kemba Walker’s squad has been struck early and often by the injury bug. Despite a less than stellar 2016-17 campaign by Nicolas Batum his absence particularly on the 24th ranked offense is obvious. Charlotte miss Batum’s ball handling and floor spacing, but won’t have him back until Thanksgiving at a minimum.
Playing on his third team in as many seasons Dwight Howard has acclimated seamlessly. Howard’s scoring is slightly down, but his 17.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game parallel his Orlando years.
Defensively the Hornets are among the top five performers and it’s keeping them in games while their offense lags. That said, the two Hornets wins have come facing lower half offenses Walker remains the Hornet’s top player leading the squad in points (22.0), assists (5.8) and perimeter efficiency (44.4%).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall
- Magic are 4-2 ATS in last 6 games overall
- Hornets are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 head to head matchups
- Over Under is 5-4-1 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
The rule of thumb is to never bet against a streak. The problem in this matchup is which streak to select the Hornets dominance over the Magic or Orlando’s hot start to the season?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hornets – 3.5
Orlando’s lone loss came on the road against another perimeter motivated, fast paced squad. Ultimately it feels like the Magic’s dominant perimeter scoring is due for a hit. Additionally the Hornets have owned this matchup. To that end, take the Hornets to keep the streak rolling 107-99.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Hornets 107 – Magic 99
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