Charlotte Hornets at Orlando Magic
|Date & Time||Thursday February 14, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Orlando Magic -3 -- Over/Under: 215.5
The Orlando Magic play host to the Charlotte Hornets at the Amway Center on Thursday night.
The Charlotte Hornets have been in a bit of a funk as they’ve lost three of their last four games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the Pacers in a 99-90 road loss on Monday. Kemba Walker led the team with 34 points on 10 of 23 shooting, Jeremy Lamb added 21 points while Cody Zeller chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Hornets shot a miserly 32 percent from the field and seven of 40 from the 3-point line, but to their credit, they committed a total of just five turnovers and put up a great fight in the second half after getting outscored by 54-38 in the first half. With the loss, Charlotte fell to 27-29 overall and 8-20 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been on a nice run lately as they’ve won six of their last seven games and they will be aiming for a fifth straight victory after blowing past the Pelicans in a 118-88 road win on Tuesday. Nikola Vucevic led the team with 25 points, 17 rebounds and three assists, Evan Fournier added 22 points while Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac each scored 20 points. As a team, the Magic shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the 3-point line as they absolutely cruised to victory after leading by as many as 28 points in a dominant first quarter to put the game to bed early. With the easy win, Orlando improved to 26-32 overall and 11-17 on the road.
Looking at the betting trends, the Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on two days rest. The Magic are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the over is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Orlando, the Hornets are 21-8 ATS in the last 29 meetings overall and 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Orlando.
Kemba Walker has done a great job of carrying the Hornets all season, but his efforts haven’t been enough lately as the Hornets’ supporting cast has cooled off. On the other hand, the Magic have quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league lately and they’re also 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games. The Hornets are 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings in Orlando, but the Magic are hot right now and I think they stay that way with a narrow win and cover in this one.