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Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic - 12/31/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic (15-19) at Charlotte Hornets (17-18)
Date & Time Monday December 31, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Charlotte Hornets -7 -- Over/Under: 210
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The Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets meet Monday in NBA action at the Spectrum Center.

The Orlando Magic look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Orlando Magic are averaging 103.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 20.5 points and 12.1 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 15.5 points and 3.7 rebounds. Aaron Gordon is the third double-digit scorer and Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 77.6 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Orlando Magic have lost five of their last eight road games.

The Charlotte Hornets could also use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Charlotte Hornets are averaging 113.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 25.9 points and six assists while Jeremy Lamb is averaging 15.4 points and 5.7 rebounds. Malik Monk is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Parker is dishing four assists. The Charlotte Hornets are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Charlotte Hornets are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.1 rebounds per game. The Charlotte Hornets have won their last three home games.

The Magic are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Hornets are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Monday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Magic are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Charlotte and 8-20 ATS in the last 28 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Magic last 4 road games and the over is 4-0 in Magic last 4 games playing on 0 days rest.

The Orlando Magic have been on the wrong side of some blowout losses and are shooting under 42 percent from the field in their last five games. The last time the Hornets and Magic played in early October, Charlotte won the game by 32 points. I've never been high on the Charlotte Hornets and they often struggle to pull away from teams, but backing the Magic just isn't an option for me in their current form. I have to eat the chalk with the Hornets, even if this number doesn't feel right. 

Charlotte Hornets -7

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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