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Hornets vs. Magic - 12/27/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic (11-21) at Charlotte Hornets (10-20)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Time Warner Cable Arena)

The Line: Charlotte Hornets -5.5 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, TSOH

The Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets meet Saturday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Orlando Magic have lost five of their last six games and play their first road contest in 10 days. On the season, the Magic are averaging 93.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 99.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 18.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18.2 points and 11.8 rebounds. Elfrid Payton is dishing out 5.1 assists and Evan Fournier is shooting 44.2 percent from the field. The Orlando Magic continue to struggle offensively, as they’ve produced 94 or less points in seven of their last nine games. Offense is the key for the Magic, as seven of their 11 victories this season have come when they’ve topped triple-digit points. The Magic have lost seven of their last 10 road games.

Hornets vs. Magic - 12/27/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charlotte Hornets have won four of their last five games and hope to keep the momentum going with a win here. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 96.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting and are allowing 100.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Al Jefferson is averaging 19.1 points and 8.2 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 16.9 points and 5.7 assists. Gary Neal is shooting 39.3 percent from the field and Lance Stephenson is is racking up 4.8 assists. The Charlotte Hornets have finally found their offensive groove, as they’re shooting 47.1 percent from the field and averaging more than 100 points in their last five games. The Hornets have to keep the scoring going, as only two of their 10 wins this season have come when they’ve scored under 100 points. The Hornets have won four of their last six home games.

The Magic are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hornets are 22-47 ATS in their last 69 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Magic are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Charlotte and the road team is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings.

The Magic play their best on the road and should be able to hang with a Charlotte team that's been so up and down all year. Give me the points in this spot. 

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