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Game 59: Orlando vs. Charlotte GameThread

One game before the All-Star break, and one big opportunity to snap a long losing-streak against a Southeast Division foe

Orlando Magic v Charlotte Hornets Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

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)

Charlotte Orlando
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)
Projected Starters:
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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