Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic Prediction 3/19/2024

The Charlotte Hornets (17-51) travel to face off against the Orlando Magic (40-28) on Tuesday, March 19th. This game will be played at Kia Center in Orlando and televised on BSF. The Magic are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hornets are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Raptors. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

Hornets vs Magic

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The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Tre Mann scored 21 for Charlotte against the 76ers which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 45.1%. Davis Bertans put up 16 points which was 2nd on the team, but it wasn’t enough as Charlotte ended up losing the game with a final score of 109-98.

So far this season, the Hornets are 17-51 overall and are +13.5 point underdogs in today’s game. At home, the Hornets are 9-24 while going 8-27 on the road.

Charlotte has an overall ATS record of 26-40 as they come into today’s game. During this season, Charlotte has a 1-4 record against the spread as favorites and 25-36 as underdogs.

The Magic Are Coming Off A Win

The Magic notched a win against the Raptors in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 111-96. Heading into the second half, the Magic were leading 52-47.

Coming into today’s game, the Magic are 40-28 overall and have won three straight. At home, the Magic are 23-9 while going 17-19 on the road.

Orlando has an overall ATS record of 45-23 as they come into today’s game. This season, Orlando has a 22-6 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 23-17 when playing as underdogs.

Hornets Offense Breakdown

Through 68 games the Hornets are averaging 106.8 points per contest, placing them 29th in the NBA.

Heading into the game, the Hornets are one of the worst scoring teams in the league, averaging just 106.8 points per game (29th). They are also one of the least efficient offenses, ranking 28th in field goal percentage (45%).

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Hornets are 26th in the league, connecting on just 35% of their attempts. On average, they make 11.8 threes per game, which is 22nd in the NBA.

In terms of pace, the Hornets are 22nd in the league, averaging 97.2 possessions per game. When playing on the road, they are scoring 105.7 points per game.

Magic Offense Breakdown

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The Magic come into today’s game as the 26th ranked scoring offense at 110.7 points per game.

The Magic are 26th in the NBA in scoring at 110.7 points per game. At home, they are averaging 113.7 points per game compared to 108.1 on the road. In terms of pace, Orlando is 26th in the league at 96.9 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Magic are 14th in field goal percentage at 47%. However, they are last in the NBA in three-point shooting at just 35%. In terms of three-point attempts, Orlando is 29th in the league.

Despite their struggles from beyond the arc, the Magic are 5th in the NBA in free throw attempts. In terms of assists, Orlando is 28th in the league at 24.5 per game.

Hornets Team Defense

On average, the Charlotte defense is giving up 116.7 points per game (18th). Right now, they are on a 2 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. Charlotte’s defense is currently forcing 13 turnovers per game, which is 19th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 24th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.6 rejections per game.

Magic Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Magic defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 33.8% of their games. Currently, they are 3rd in the NBA at 109.0 points per game allowed. The Magic defense is coming off a game in which they held the Raptors offense to just 50.6% shooting. Overall, they gave up 96 points to Toronto.

Key Players For The Hornets And Magic

Our game forecasts for today suggest that Miles Bridges is set to be the main scorer for the Hornets, recording 22 points and shooting 8/18 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 21.3 points per game, along with 7.6 rebounds.

On the opposing side, we anticipate Paolo Banchero to be the top scorer for the Magic. Our projection has him finishing the game with 23, and he is expected to secure 7 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.4% and is averaging 22.8 points per contest.

Hornets vs Magic Trends

  • Across their three previous road games, Charlotte has an ATS mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 101 points per game.
  • In their last three home games, Orlando has averaged 102 points per game while allowing 103. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
  • Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Hornets have a straight up record of 0-3. But, their mark vs the spread was just 0-3.
  • The Magic have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.

Hornets vs Magic Prediction

In this Hornets vs. Magic matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Hornets at +13.5. While we project the Magic to win 109-106, our recommendation is to bet on the Hornets for the point-spread.

Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 202.5, and our model predicts the Hornets and Magic to score a combined 215 points. We recommend betting on the over.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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