Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/17/20

Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/17/20 Photo by Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)

The Line: Orlando Magic -3.5 -- Over/Under: 220 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic meet Thursday in NBA preseason action at the Amway Center.

The Charlotte Hornets look for a preseason win after losing twice to the Raptors. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 104.5 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 12.5 points and four assists while Jalen McDaniels is averaging 12 points and 3.5 rebounds. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Devonte’ Graham is dishing 3.5 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.

The Orlando Magic look for a preseason win after splitting two games against the Hawks. The Orlando Magic are averaging 111.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 16 points and 13 rebounds while Markelle Fultz is averaging 15.5 points and four rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Evan Fournier is grabbing one rebound. The Orlando Magic are shooting 29.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50.5 rebounds per game.

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The Hornets are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Hornets are 13-4 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Orlando and -4 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Orlando.

You would think the Charlotte Hornets would be a good preseason team given their youth, but they didn't look good in two games against the Raptors and really struggled from the field. The Orlando Magic have been good defensively through two games and should play their starters a bit more here given the regular season is right around the corner. Magic should roll here.

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Randy’s Pick Orlando Magic -3.5

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