Magic vs. Hornets - 1/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Charlotte Hornets (10-24) at Orlando Magic (13-23)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -3.5 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSOH, FSFL
The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic play Saturday night at the Amway Center.
The Charlotte Hornets have lost five straight games and begin a short two-game road trip. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 95.3 points on 42.7 percent shooting and are allowing 100.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 assists while Gary Neal is averaging 11 points and 2.7 rebounds. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is grabbing 5.6 rebounds and Gerald Henderson is shooting 47.2 percent from the field. The Charlotte Hornets just can’t get it together offensively, as they’re shooting just 37.8 percent from the field and 27.7 percent from deep in their last five games. The Hornets shot just 36.8 percent from the field in their loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night. Jannero Pargo is doubtful for this game with a back injury.
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The Orlando Magic have split their last six games and their struggles at home continue. On the season, the Magic are averaging 93.9 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 99.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 18.5 points and seven rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18.1 points and 11.3 rebounds. Channing Frye is shooting 41.7 percent from the field and Elfrid Payton is producing 5.2 assists. The Orlando Magic have shown time and time again that they have promising young talent on their team but they just can’t win on their home court. The Magic are 4-11 SU at home this season, which includes losses in their last three tries. The Magic are coming off a tough loss to the Nets on Friday, and it’ll be interesting to see if they can bounce back.
The Hornets are 22-48 ATS in their last 70 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast. The Hornets are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Orlando and the underdog is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Not sure it's smart to lay chalk with the Magic at home considering they can't even win SU on their home court. Take the Hornets and the points, especially considering they just went toe-to-toe with the Cavs on Friday.