Check out our free Magic vs Hornets pick and preview for this NBA game in Charlotte. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Magic vs Hornets NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Orlando Magic at Charlotte Hornets
- Where: Charlotte at Spectrum Center
- Date: Sunday, February 5th
- Betting Odds ORL -1.0, ORL -105 | CHA -117 O/U nan
So far, the Magic have put together an overall record of 21-32, while going 30-22-1 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Orlando is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
The Magic are coming off a 127-120 win over the Timberwolves. This away win came despite entering the game as the 5 point underdogs. In the game, Orlando was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Timberwolves by 7 going into the second half. In the win, Cole Anthony led the team in scoring with 20 points on a field goal percentage of 75.0%.
The Hornets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 15-39. So far, the team has gone 22-28-4 against the spread. Today, the Hornets will be looking to snap a 3 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -10.33 points per contest.
In their previous game, the Hornets were favored to win vs the Pistons. However, their 118-112 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Charlotte was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 1. Leading the team in scoring was LaMelo Ball, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 30.4% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Magic averaged 106.75 points per game vs the Hornets. Just like the Magic, the Hornets maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 115.75 points per game vs Orlando. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Orlando has gone 3-2 vs the spread. However, the Hornets actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +3 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 1-4, with the teams combining for an average of 215 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Orlando offense is ranked 27th in the NBA in scoring at 111.2 points per game. So far, the Magic are averaging 98.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 17th in the league in field goal percentage 47.2%.
On defense, the Magic will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 20th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
This season, the Magic offense has primarily worked through Franz Wagner and Paolo Banchero who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 52 games, Wagner is 60th in the NBA at 19.6 points per game. So far, him and Banchero have accounted for 35% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 39.900000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Paolo Banchero is grabbing 6.5 rebounds for Orlando to go along with 3.7 assists.
For the season, the Hornets offensive unit is ranked just 25th in scoring at 112.0 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Hornets are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.6 possessions per game. If the Hornets are going to turn things around on offense, they must improve their overall shooting efficiency. In particular, the 3-point shot has been problematic for the unit, as they are just 30th in 3-point shooting percentage.
Against the Magic, the Hornets will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 25th in points allowed.
This season, the Hornets offense has primarily worked through Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 44 games, Rozier is 36th in the NBA at 21.7 points per game. So far, him and Washington have accounted for 35% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 36.5 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, P.J. Washington is grabbing 4.5 rebounds for Charlotte to go along with 2.4 assists.
Magic vs Hornets Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Magic -1.0
- Free Total Prediction: Under nan