Orlando Magic vs Charlotte Hornets NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Orlando Magic vs Charlotte Hornets Prediction 3/5/2024

The Orlando Magic (35-26) travel to face off against the Charlotte Hornets (15-46) on Tuesday, March 5th. This game will be played at Spectrum Center in Charlotte and televised on BSSE. 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 Pistons. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.

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The Magic Are Coming Off A Win

Most recently, the Magic bested the Pistons with a score of 113-91. Not only did the Magic win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -11 point favorites. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 204 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 217.

With a record of 35-26, the Magic are above .500 and are 6th in the Eastern Conference. In the Southeast division, they are in 1st place.

Currently, Orlando holds an above .500 ATS record of 40-21 so far this year. Orlando has gone 17-5 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 23-16 when playing as underdogs.

The Hornets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their most recent game, the Hornets tell to the Raptors by a score of 111-106. Despite losin the game straight-up, the Hornets did cover the spread as +7 point underdogs. In terms of the over/under, the combined 217 points was below the over/under line of 223.5.

In their last ten games, the Hornets are 5-5 and come into today’s game vs. the Magic with an overall record of 15-46. When playing on the road this season, the Hornets are 7-24 compared to a home record of 8-22.

Charlotte arrives with an ATS record of 24-35 for the season up to this point. The Hornets currently have a two game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 0-4 vs. the spread as the favorite.

Magic Offense Breakdown

The Magic come into today’s game as the 26th ranked scoring offense at 111.5 points per game.

When it comes to scoring, the Magic are 26th in the NBA this season at 111.5 points per game. On the road, they are averaging 108.9 points per game.

So far this season, the Magic have outscored the league average in just 32.8% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 14th in the league at 47%.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Magic are last in the NBA in both three-point makes (10.9 per game) and three-point shooting percentage (35%).

Hornets Offense Breakdown

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Through 61 games games, Charlotte is averaging 107.6 points per game (29th).

When it comes to scoring, the Hornets are 29th in the NBA at 107.6 points per game. At home, they are averaging 108.9 points per game.

So far this season, Charlotte has outscored the NBA scoring average in just 32.8% of their games. They are currently 26th in field goal percentage at 45%.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Hornets are 21st in the league at 35%. They are also last in the NBA in free throw attempts and makes.

Magic Team Defense

Coming into the game, the Magic defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 36.1% of their games. Currently, they are 5th in the NBA at 109.9 points per game allowed. In the terms of takeaways, Magic are causing 14 turnovers per game, ranking 24th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 12th in rejections, averaging 5.3 blocked shots each game.

Hornets Team Defense

On defense, the Hornets are ranked 23rd in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 55.7% of their games. Charlotte’s defense is currently forcing 13 turnovers per game, which is 19th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 22nd in blocked shots, with an average of 4.7 rejections per game.

Key Players For The Magic And Hornets

The outlook for today’s matchup points to Paolo Banchero as the primary point contributor for the Magic, finishing with 22 points while maintaining a 8/17 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 22.9 points per game, along with 6.9 rebounds.

On the flip side, our predictions place Miles Bridges as the leading scorer for the Hornets. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 22 while also collecting 7 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.2% and is averaging 21.4 points per contest.

Magic vs Hornets Trends

  • When looking at their past three road matchups, Orlando has an ATS record of 1-2 while averaging 106 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
  • In their last five home games, Charlotte has averaged 96 points per game while allowing 106. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-4 while going 3-2.
  • Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Hornets have gone 3-2 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-4.
  • Through their last three games as the favorite, the Magic have an ATS record of 3-0 and a straight up mark of 3-0.

Magic vs Hornets Prediction

For a pick on the point-spread in this Magic vs. Hornets matchup, our bet is to grab the Hornets at +8.5. Even though our projections have the Magic winning 109-106, we see the Hornets as the play on the point-spread.

As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 207.5 and our model has the Magic and Hornets finishing with a combined 215 points. Our pick is to take the over.

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

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