You would be hard-pressed to find another team in the Eastern Conference as hot as the Orlando Magic right now.
The Magic return home Thursday night after a three-game road-trip in which the team won decisively in each contest. Orlando won all three games by 16 or more points, the first time in franchise history such a feat has been accomplished.
Orlando’s 30-point win over the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night was the franchise’s first 30-point win on the road since 2009.
The Magic have one more game before the All-Star break, and with this final contest comes a great opportunity to right another wrong before enjoying a week off.
The Magic have dropped thirteen games in a row to the Charlotte Hornets (dating back to 2016), who currently lead the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference by a two-game margin over the Magic.
The Magic and Hornets have played twice already this season, with the Hornets winning both contests by an average of 28.5 points.
Who: Charlotte Hornets (27-29) at Orlando Magic (26-32)
When: February 14th, 7:00 PM EST
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
Line: Orlando -3.5, O/U: 215
Injuries: Orlando - Fultz (OUT), Bamba (OUT); Charlotte - Parker (OUT), Biyombo (OUT)
|Offensive Rating: 111.2 (13th)||Offensive Rating: 106.8 (23rd)|
|Defensive Rating: 111.1 (19th)||Defensive Rating: 108.5 (9th)|
|Pace: 99.0 (20th)||Pace: 98.2 (25th)|
|PG - Kemba Walker||PG - D.J. Augustin|
|SG - Jeremy Lamb||SG - Evan Fournier|
|SF - Nicolas Batum||F - Aaron Gordon|
|PF - Marvin Williams||F - Jonathan Isaac|
|C - Cody Zeller||C - Nikola Vucevic|
Check out our preview of tonight’s Magic/Hornets game here.
For some pregame reading, check out our rundown of Markelle Fultz’s introductory press conference in Orlando here.
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