Orlando Magic at Charlotte Hornets Free Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions
The Orlando Magic (16-19) will travel to the Queen City to take on the Charlotte Hornets (17-18) at the Spectrum Center for a Southeast Division collision on New Year’s Eve. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM and is set to be broadcast on FSN. These two teams last met in October in Orlando where the Hornets extended their winning streak over the Magic to 12 games by virtue of a 120-88 bludgeoning. The Hornets closed as a 1.5-point favorite in the aforementioned contest.
Orlando Magic at Charlotte Hornets Overview
The Magic enter off a 109-107 victory at home yesterday against the Detroit Pistons as a 1.5-point favorite to extend their winning streak and cover streak to two games. Previous to this, the Magic had lost four in a row and failed to produce a cover over the skid above.
The Hornets enter into poor form as they have lost three of their previous four contests overall. Most recently, the Hornets fell on the road to divisional rival Washington on Saturday by a score of 130-126 losing outright as a three-point favorite.
Reasons To Back Orlando
A critical element of Orlando's game is it is a defensive play which gives up a 107 points per game (8th in the NBA) which places them in the top-10 in the league in this department. It has been their defense that has enabled them to win games against some high-profile opponents this season, including Boston, Toronto, and Utah while also threatening quality opposition on its own court, including Portland, Philadelphia, and Golden State. Very simply this is a team that wins games by having its defense keep it in games and not the sort of outfit you want to give this kind of lumber too with a team like Charlotte currently riding through a bad patch.
Reasons To Avoid Charlotte
A huge selling point to back the Hornets here is the obvious winning streak combined with the narrative of the Magic failing to cover in their last five outings in the Queen City. As a result of both, these factors influence heavy market action on Charlotte and will likely inflict a premium on takers to back the Hornets here. Given the manner in which Orlando has lost against Charlotte (they lost by 30-plus points in their previous two defeats), a considerable bias toward recent results can inflate the point spread in favor of those that back the Magic here.
Magic at Hornets Prediction 12/31/2018
Charlotte is a team that relies on its offense to win games to outscore their opponents as they score 113.4 points per game while giving up a 20th ranked 111.4 points per game. Unfortunately for Charlotte, they are up against a unit that can stymie those very offensive operations and take advantage of mediocre to create an influx in scoring. The upset possibility is high in this one, but the points are more than enough for Orlando to come in under the number.
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