Charlotte Hornets (23-33) at Orlando Magic (18-38)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Amway Center.
The Charlotte Hornets could use a victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 106.1 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 22.9 points and 5.8 assists while Dwight Howard is averaging 15.6 points and 12.6 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb is the third double-digit scorer and Nicolas Batum is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have lost five of their last seven road games.
The Orlando Magic also need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 105.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Aaron Gordon is averaging 18.4 points and 8.3 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18 points and 2.9 assists. Nikola Vucevic is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathon Simmons is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have split their last six home games.
The Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Magic are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southeast, 10-2 ATS in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Hornets are 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Orlando, 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the favorite is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Charlotte Hornets have won nine straight meetings against the Orlando Magic and need games like this if they're going to stay in the layoff conversation. However, those who have followed me for a while know that I'm not a fan of these Hornets. It's a blah and inconsistent team, and the Hornets are allowing 52 percent shooting while being outscored by 10 points in their last five games. The Orlando Magic have been able to sneak in some victories here and there and are only being outscored by 3.2 points at home this season, which is quite surprising given their SU record. The Magic have also been covering machines the last two weeks. As a fade from the Hornets more than anything, give me the points.