The Orlando Magic look to extend their winning streak to three games tonight against the struggling New Orleans Hornets, losers of four straight, tonight at Amway Center, which kicks off a seven-game homestand for Orlando. Beset by injury to starting center Emeka Okafor and small forward Trevor Ariza, New Orleans is working through a rough patch of its season, as it's dropped four straight and six of its last seven, with the lone win coming at home against the Washington Wizards, who have yet to win a road game this season. Somehow, an offense featuring Chris Paul, the world's best point guard, and David West, a lethal pick-and-pop option, ranks 20th in the league in efficiency, a clear indictment of the supporting players with which GM Dell Demps has stocked his roster.
Indeed, tonight's game represents a great opportunity for Orlando to nab its first three-game winning streak since January 19th-22nd. The Magic are coming off a 99-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers which coach Stan Van Gundy praised as his club's best win in several weeks, a difficult point to argue. Should Orlando play as well tonight as it did Wednesday, it will be in great shape against this scuffling, yet dangerous, Hornets team.
|2010/2011 NBA Season|
|32-22 (12-15 road) |
|34-20 (19-7 home) |
|February 11th, 2011|
|Chris Paul||PG||Jameer Nelson|
|Willie Green||SG||Jason Richardson|
|Sasha Pavlovic||SF||Hedo Turkoglu|
|David West||PF||Ryan Anderson|
|Aaron Gray||C||Dwight Howard|
|January 12th: Hornets 92, Magic 89 (OT)|
|2010/11 Advanced Stats|
|89.0 (28th)||Pace||92.1 (16th)|
|105.6 (T-20th)||ORtg||108.2 (11th)|
|102.9 (6th)||DRtg||102.2 (3rd)|