Orlando Magic (7-35) vs. Charlotte Hornets (23-19)
January 14, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -10.5; Over/Under: +224
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The Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets meet Friday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center. The Orlando Magic look to snap a 10-game losing streak. The Charlotte Hornets look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games.
The Orlando Magic are averaging 101.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting and allowing 110.9 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Cole Anthony is averaging 19.8 points and 6.3 rebounds, while Franz Wagner is averaging 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. Wendell Carter Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game.
The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 115 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 115.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Miles Bridges is averaging 19.6 points and 3.6 assists, while LaMelo Ball is averaging 19.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is dishing 3.8 assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.9 rebounds per game.
The Magic are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Friday games. The Hornets are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 7-2 in Magic last 9 road games. The under is 8-2 in Hornets last 10 overall. The Magic are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Charlotte.
The Orlando Magic have had recent covering success on the road, so they’re worthy of a look here, but they’re a bad, bad basketball team that I’m not thrilled to back. The Charlotte Hornets are healthy and playing well again, which includes winning their last five games by an average of 9.8 points. The Hornets are also a ridiculous 14-3 against the spread at home. Thick line, but give me the Hornets anyway.