Friday, March 10, 2017
Time Warner Cable Arena
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The Orlando Magic travel to Time Warner Cable Arena to play the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, March 10, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Charlotte as 9 point favorites.
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The Magic come into this game with an overall record of 24-41. They are 5th in the Southeast Division. They currently have a point differential of -5.8 as they are averaging 99.9 points per game while giving up 105.7 per contest. The Hornets have an overall record of 28-36. They currently are 4th in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 104.7 points per game and surrendering 104.4, good for a point differential of 0.3.
Nikola Vucevic comes into this contest averaging 14.4 points per game while playing 28.6 minutes per night so far this season for the Magic. He pulls down 10.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.7 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is currently at 65%. Elfrid Payton averages 12.5 points per game in 29 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.8 assists per contest and 4.2 rebounds per game for Orlando. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 68%.
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Kemba Walker averages 23.2 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per contest this year for the Hornets. He grabs 4.1 rebounds per game and has 5.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage currently is at 85%. Nicolas Batum averages 14.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 34.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.2 rebounds per contest and 6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Orlando averages 99.9 points per contest this season which ranks them 29th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -5.75 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 26th. Behind the arc they shoot 33% which is good for 28th in the league. They average 42.9 rebounds per game and 21.8 assists per game which ranks them 22nd and 17th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 13.4 per game. The Magic allow 105.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 16th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc ranking them 20th and 21st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.2 rebounds a game which ranks 28th and they give up 22.9 assists per contest which puts them in 18th place in the league. They force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the league.
Charlotte averages 104.7 points per game this year which ranks them 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 0.34 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 29th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 18th in the NBA. They average 44.8 rebounds per game and 23 assists per contest which ranks them 6th and 11th respectively. In the turnover department the Hornets rank 28th with 12.1 per game. The Hornets allow 104.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 9th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 8th and 17th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 44.8 rebounds a game which ranks 23rd and they give up 23.9 assists per contest which puts them in 25th place in the league. The Hornets force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 4th in the NBA.
The Magic have an offensive rating of 103.5 and a defensive rating of 109.5. In terms of pace they average 96.1 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 52% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Orlando turns the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions and they force 12.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%.
The Hornets rating on offense is 107.7 and they have a defensive rating of 107.4. They get 96.4 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 33% of their shot attempts. Charlotte turns the ball over on 11.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11.9 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Orlando Magic Betting Trends
The Orlando Magic are 27-36-2 against the spread
The Orlando Magic are 29-36-0 against the over/under
Charlotte Hornets Betting Trends
The Charlotte Hornets are 27-34-3 against the spread
The Charlotte Hornets are 31-33-0 against the over/under
Orlando Magic Injuries
03/09/17 C Nikola Vucevic Achilles doubtful Friday vs. Charlotte
01/19/17 G Jodie Meeks Thumb out indefinitely
Charlotte Hornets Injuries
03/09/17 G Nicolas Batum Ankle injured last game, probable Friday vs. Orlando
03/03/17 C Miles Plumlee Calf out indefinitely
03/03/17 C Frank Kaminsky Shoulder out indefinitely
02/06/17 PG Ramon Sessions Knee out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Charlotte -9
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