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Game 82: Magic vs. Hornets GameThread

The Magic’s first round opponent is about to be determined...

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Who: Orlando Magic (41-40) at Charlotte Hornets (39-42)

When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST

Where: Spectrum Center - Charlotte, North Carolina

TV: ESPN, Fox Sports Florida

Line: Hornets -4, Over/Under 219.5

Storyline: It’s the final game of the regular season, but there is plenty still to be determined. The Magic can still finished as the sixth, seventh or eighth seed (for a full breakdown of scenarios, check out the preview below). The Hornets need a win (and a Detroit loss to the Knicks, 8 p.m. start) to make the playoffs.

Injuries: Orlando - Nikola Vucevic (questionable), Jonathan Issac (out), Mo Bamba (out), Markelle Fultz (out), Isaiah Briscoe (out), Timofey Mozgov (out); Charlotte - Marvin Williams (out), Cody Zeller (out)

Charlotte Orlando
Offensive Rating: 110.5 (13th) Offensive Rating: 107.9 (22nd)
Defensive Rating: 111.7 (22nd) Defensive Rating: 107.4 (8th)
Pace: 99.3 (21st) Pace: 98.8 (23rd)
Projected Starters:
PG - Kemba Walker PG - D.J. Augustin
SG - Dwayne Bacon SG - Evan Fournier
SF - Nicolas Batum F - Aaron Gordon
PF - Miles Bridges F - Wes Iwundu
C - Bismack Biyombo C - Nikola Vucevic/Khem Birch

For our preview of Wednesday’s Magic/Hornets game, click here.

For some pregame reading material, check out Zach Oliver’s story on what changed so suddenly for the Magic; the latest installment of Garrett Townsend’s OPP Orlando Magic Mailbag; and the OPP staff’s roundtable about which first round opponent the Magic would best match-up against.

For some perspective from the other side, visit our friends at the Hornets community At The Hive.