Magic vs Hornets Prediction NBA Picks 3/5/24

Charlotte Hornets (15-46) vs Orlando Magic (35-26)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Spectrum Center)

Betting Odds: Charlotte Hornets +8.5 -- Over/Under: 212.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic and the Charlotte Hornets duke it out at the Spectrum Center on Tuesday night. Here’s a Magic vs Hornets Prediction.

Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic have been in pretty good shape as they've won eight of their last 10 games overall and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after blowing past the lowly Pistons in a 113-91 home win on Sunday. Paolo Banchero led the team with 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists, Wendell Carter Jr. added 19 points with eight rebounds and three assists while Markelle Fultz chipped in with 16 points on eight of eight shooting off the bench. As a team, the Magic shot a sizzling 59 percent from the field and seven of 23 from the 3-point line, but they committed a total of 20 turnovers so this win was really more to do with their defense as they held the Pistons to just 38 percent shooting for the game.

Charlotte Hornets

Meanwhile, the Charlotte Hornets have gone cold again as they've now lost four in a row after coming up just short to the Raptors in a 111-106 road loss on Sunday. Brandon Miller led the team with 26 points, 10 rebounds and three assists, Miles Bridges added 20 points with nine rebounds and four assists while Grant Williams chipped in with 18 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Hornets shot 46 percent from the field and eight of 27 from the 3-point line as they kept pace with the Raptors in a close contest, until early in the fourth quarter where the Raptors went on a run to put the Hornets behind by 14 points.

Charlotte Hornets Player Facts

  • Miles Bridges ranks 16th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for points per game (21.4) this season.
  • Brandon Miller ranks 15th amongst qualified Forwards for three-pointers made Per Game (2.3) this season.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Paolo Banchero is one of only three players in the league to be leading his team for points, rebounds and assists this season.
  • Jalen Suggs ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for point differential per game this season (-10.4).
  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for free throws made per game this season (14.7).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (24.2).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.2).

Magic vs Hornets Prediction

The Magic could be shorthanded here with Markelle Fultz listed as questionable due to left knee injury management, while the Hornets don't have a single player listed on the injury report once again. The Magic have quietly been one of the form teams in the league at the moment and they will like their chances against a slumping Hornets team who are riding a four-game losing streak. The line is a bit hefty for a road team, but I still think the Magic get the job done with ease in this spot.

Peter’s Pick Orlando -8.5

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