Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic 10/13/14
Orlando Magic (2-0) at Charlotte Hornets (1-1)
NBA Preseason: Monday
The Line: TBC See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte Hornets welcome the Orlando Magic to town on Monday night.
After an ordinary opening performance against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Charlotte Hornets bounced back nicely in their home opener, defeating the Washington Wizards 99-86 behind Gary Neal’s game-high 19 points. Head Coach Steve Clifford has praised Neal’s play all summer long, going as far as saying he is having the best training camp out of any player on the roster. If everything falls into place and If Neal can provide consistent scoring punch off the bench for this new look Hornets outfit, they have a chance at finishing in the top four of the Eastern Conference this season. I think they finish fifth or sixth when it’s all said and done.
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The Orlando Magic have had an impressive start to preseason play, winning both games away from home against Miami and Indiana, the two teams that met in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. This young Magic squad is getting a good spread of contributors in their opening couple of games as six players scored in double-figures in their overtime win against the Heat while each player scored three or greater in their 96-93 victory over the Pacers on Friday night. I’m not sure Orlando has a star on their roster, but they are a nice young team that is going to be pretty fun to watch this season.
Check back later for my pick when the line is released.