Free NBA Pick: Magic vs Hornets Lines
Looking for Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Magic taking on the Hornets on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(10-13) Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets (13-9)
Date: Friday December 9
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Charlotte -8
NBA Betting Total: 197
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The Orlando Magic came up on the wrong side of their worse loss of the season after losing to the Boston Celtics in their last outing 117-87.
While the Charlotte Hornets where a little more lucky winning their last matchup against the Detroit Pistons 87-77.
The Orlando Magic kept it a tight game through the first three quarters of play, however they let up when it counted most in the final frame of action. Charlotte outscored Orlando 32-14 in the fourth quarter, and that allowed them to ultimately come away on top because of that.
A large portion of their offensive woes came down to the lack of production from their bench unit. Jeff Green, Elfrid Payton and Jodie Meeks all didn’t step up when the team needed them most. Without the usual scoring from the starting lineup the Orlando Magic were looking to their bench to spark some sort of a run. But they just couldn’t do that.
So in their next outing in Charlotte the Magic have got to hope they find some type of production from their second unit, or else they won’t stand a chance this game. Charlotte just has the more smarter and experienced team, so if Orlando is to beat them they’ll need the trio of Jeff Green, Elfrid Payton and Jodie Meeks to step up.
Orlando doesn’t have the talent in their starting unit to just rely on their starters to win them the game. So that means if their bench can outscore Charlottes they’ll have a chance at pulling out the win in this matchup.
The Charlotte Hornets played some of their best defense of the season in their last outing against the Detroit Pistons. Charlotte held Detroit to just 77 points in the game, while holding their adversary to just 38.2% shooting from the field, and a putrid 14.8% from behind the arc.
Those shooting totals told the whole story of the game. Charlotte just didn’t allow Detroit to get of easy looks at the basket. Tobias Harris was held in check all night shooting a dreadful 7-19 from the field, while Marcus Morris went just 3-10 himself.
The play of those two helped Charlotte pull away on top, because Detroit just couldn’t get any production out of their star players.
However, now Charlotte has got to hope they can do the exact same thing next game against the Orlando Magic. Charlotte can’t allow Evan Fournier, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic to go off, because if they hold those three in check they’ll have a better opportunity at coming away victorious.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings
- Over is 5-1 in Hornets last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
- Over is 5-2 in Hornets last 7 games following a ATS win
- Over is 5-2 in Magic last 7 vs. NBA Southeast
- Over is 9-4 in Hornets last 13 home games
Free Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
This is going to be a close game from start to finish, because both teams are evenly matched, despite what the Orlando Magic’s record might entail.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Over 197
Although Orlando had a tough time scoring last game, look for them to have better night Friday. Charlotte has an elite defensive unit, but they have been susceptible to giving up a lot of points to teams with stronger front-courts then them.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte 103 – Orlando 100
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