Orlando Magic (4-1 SU, 3-2 ATS, 3-2 O/U) vs. Charlotte Hornets (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS, 0-5 O/U)
NBA: Sunday, October 29, 2017, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, 6 pm ET
Line: Charlotte -3.5; Over/Under: 210
It’s a Southeast Division matchup down in Buzz City. The Orlando Magic look to continue their strong start as they visit the Charlotte Hornets Sunday evening. Orlando won their third straight game as they trounced San Antonio 114-87 at home Friday night. Charlotte has alternated wins and losses this season: they fell 109-93 at home to Houston Friday. The Magic holds a 50-47 edge in the all-time regular season series but the Hornets have won the last seven meetings.
Orlando Magic Try to Maintain Hot Start
Orlando was expected to be brought back to earth Friday night against the undefeated Spurs. Instead, it was the Magic taking San Antonio to the proverbial woodshed in a one-sided victory. Orlando led by 14 after one quarter and extended the margin to 27 at halftime before just playing the Spurs even the rest of the way. The Magic shot 57.1 percent from the field in the game and drilled 11 of 23 three point attempts. Orlando was sharp defensively, holding San Antonio to 33.7 percent shooting overall and four of 24 from three point range. Evan Fournier led the Magic with 25 points in the victory.
The Magic has been good in the early going putting the ball in the basket: they are 2nd in the league with 118 points per game. Orlando stands tied for 9th on the glass with 46 boards per contest and is 3rd with 24.4 assists a night. The Magic is 20th in scoring defense as they allow 107.2 points a game. Nikola Vucevic is second on Orlando with 22 points plus 8.6 rebounds per game. Evan Fournier contributes 22.2 points a night, Aaron Gordon averages 23.7 points and 9.7 boards a game while Johnathon Simmons contributes 14 points a night. Elfrid Payton, D.J. Augustin (11 points, 5.8 assists), Terrence Ross, Mario Hezonja, Arron Afflalo, Shelvin Mack, Marreese Speights and Jonathan Isaac are all components of Frank Vogel’s rotation. The Magic is 2nd in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 49.8 percent as a team. Orlando is 3rd with 12.4 made threes per game while the team is 1st in three point percentage as they shoot 45.9 percent from downtown.
Charlotte Hornets Look to Return to .500
Charlotte has followed a pattern this season where they lose one followed by a victory. The Hornets look to get back to the .500 mark on the season with a win here. Charlotte led by three at the half and trailed by just four entering the fourth quarter but was outscored 31-19 to go down in defeat. The Hornets shot only 37.5 percent from the field and went 11 of 29 from three point range. Charlotte was unable to contain Houston’s three point shooting barrage as the Rockets nailed 22 of 57 attempts from beyond the arc. The Hornets were also stung by missing 12 of 28 free throw attempts. Kemba Walker had 26 points in the loss to lead Charlotte.
The Hornets are a below average team offensively, ranking 23rd in the league with 99.2 points per game. Charlotte is 4th in rebounding with 49.2 boards per game and 30th by dishing out 16.6 assists per contest. The Hornets come in ranked 7th in scoring defense by allowing 99.6 points per game. Kemba Walker leads the team with 22 points while dishing out 5.8 assists per game. Dwight Howard is averaging 14.4 points plus 17.6 rebounds per contest, Jeremy Lamb adds 16.6 points per game and Frank Kaminsky chips in 14.2 points a night. Cody Zeller, Treveon Graham, Marvin Williams, Dwayne Bacon, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Malik Monk have to hold down the fort until Nicolas Batum and Michael Carter-Williams return. The Hornets are 27th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 41.9 percent from the floor. Charlotte is tied for 13th with 10.2 threes per game while ranking tied for 17th in three point shooting as they hit 33.6 percent from beyond the arc.
- Magic are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southeast
- Hornets are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Hornets are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference
- Hornets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
Charlotte has been up and down, following a dud performance with a solid one. That normally would mean things would lean their way here but they have to show that they can score consistently. We just saw Orlando take apart a very good, very experienced San Antonio team. The Magic is scoring a ton of points and leads the league in three point shooting in the early going. Orlando won’t be this hot all season long but they’re good enough to get the win here to improve to 5-1 on the year.