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  • Game 2 of 8 on the Magic home stand is the Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic, a chance to build on the Magic’s current 3 game win streak. Orlando are unbeaten at home against sub .500 teams this season.

Regular Season Game 69 – Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic 

  • Venue – Kia Center, Orlando, Florida  
  • Tip time here in the U.K. is 11pm, which is 7pm in Orlando.
  • To watch live or on demand in the U.K. you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 40-28
  • Run: Won 3 and are 8-2 in the last 10 played.
  • Home Record 23-9 (23-8 in the Kia Center; one “home court” loss was in Mexico City).
  • Road Record 17-19
  • Standing: 5th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 110.7 Against 109
  • RatingOffensive 24th Defensive 4th
  • The Magic have on 19 occasions this season held opponents to under 100 points, winning 16 of those games. Only the Knicks have done this more often.
  • When Orlando have a lead going into the final quarter of a game this season they hold a 33-1 record. That statistic is a league leader. 

Last Time Out – vs Toronto Raptors 

  • In many ways the second straight meeting with Toronto felt like “second verse; same as the first”. It saw the Magic take a 96-111 home court victory over the Raptors on Sunday night (17th March).
  • Toronto across the game led for a total of 1 minute 8 seconds. Again it was a spirited effort by the heavily undermanned team from Canada. 
  • This was another Magic win built from defence. Orlando held the Raptors to 17 points below their season average per game. The 3-point-shooting was cut to a shade under 26%, the game before it had been 41.2%. Equally there was a focus on defending the fast break and transition play of Toronto, seeing that figure cut to 16 points from 37 in the previous game.
  • The Magic shot 50.6% from the field and scored 60 paint-points.
  • Paolo Banchero led the Magic with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. He had a very strong shoot night with 11-of-16 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. He only missed one of his shots in the second half, hitting 6-of-7 from the field and all 3 from distance.
  • Franz Wagner scored steadily throughout each quarter, finishing with 22 points, whilst adding 9 rebounds and 5 assists. 
  • Elder brother, Moe Wagner scored 14 points to lead the bench. 
  • Jalen Suggs rounded out the double-digit scoring for Orlando as he finished with 10. 
  • The starting lineup was Jalen Suggs, Gary Harris, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • From the bench came a core of Markelle Fultz, Cole Anthony, Caleb Houstan, Joe Ingles and Moritz Wagner.
  • The final 2 minutes 44 seconds were seen out by Anthony Black, Jett Howard, Chuma Okeke, Admiral Schofield and Goga Bitadze.
  • Jonathan Isaac, Kevon Harris and Trevelin Queen were inactive for the Magic.

Tonight

  • Jonathan Isaac is not listed on injury report and so can return to the court tonight.
  • Jett Howard is out having again been assigned to the G-League with the Osceola Magic.
  • Trevelin Queen and Kevon Harris are also listed as unavailable, being two-way players.
  • Therefore, it is reasonable to expect that Coach Mosley runs with his current favoured starting unit and bench rotations.

The Charlotte Hornets

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 17-51 Run: Lost 2 and are at 2-8 in the last 10 played.
  • Standing: 13th in the East 
  • Points Per GameFor 106.8 Against 116.7
  • RatingOffensive 29th Defensive 26th
  • The Hornets have a 8-27 road record.
  • Charlotte have not played well on attack this season. Last in free throws taken and made, then outside of attempts on both two and three point shots they are bottom third in every season category for offence.
  • Defensive statistics are also poor in most categories. Interestingly they face the 5th fewest two-point-shots per game but concede heavily on those attempted. That statistic along with them being the leagues next to last defensive rebounding team means that second chances points and points in the paint will be available to Orlando. 
  • The Hornets have not been helped by regular injury crises this season, most notably to one time rookie of the year LaMelo Ball.
  • LaMelo Ball remains the team’s leading scorer with at 23.9 points per game, second highest on the season Terry Rozier was traded. That leaves the scoring load falling heavily upon Miles Bridges (21.3) and rookie Brandon Miller (16.6).

Last Time Out For The Charlotte Hornets 

  • Charlotte took a road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers by 98-109.
  • The Hornets gave the Sixers a battle, despite losing every quarter and trailing for most of the game. It wasn’t until the final quarter with under 6 minutes to go that the Sixers finally secured a lead that they held to take the win.
  • Tre Mann led the Hornets in scoring with 21 points, adding in 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals.
  • Miles Bridges flirted with a double-double as he dropped 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the bench it was Davis Bertans who led with 16 points and Grant Williams followed up with 14 points and 5 assists.
  • Starting 5 – Vasilije Micic, Tre Mann, Brandon Miller, Miles Bridges, Nick Richards
  • From the bench came Davis Bertans, Grant Williams, Nick Smith Jr and Aleksej Pokusevski.
  • Amarillo Bailey and JT Thor were unused by the coach.
  • LaMelo Ball, Seth Curry, Cody Martin, Mark Williams, Bryce McGowens, Marques Bolden and Leaky Black were all inactive.

Tonight

  • LaMelo Ball (ankle), Seth Curry (ankle), Cody Martin (ankle), Mark Williams (back) and Bryce McGowens (knee) are all confirmed as out. 
  • There is as I write no update on the availability of Amarillo Bailey, Marques Bolden and Leaky Black all being two-way players.
  • Head coach Steve Clifford will likely use the same starting 5 as in their last matchup.

Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic – Head-To-Head

  • In 120 regular season games played the score stands at 61-59 to the Magic.
  • The Magic are on a 4 game streak over Charlotte. 
  • Both meetings this season have been strong wins for the Magic. On game day 17 (Nov 26th) on home court the Magic worked hard to take the win by 117-130. The Hornets were unfortunate to see LaMelo Ball withdraw having been influential to that point. Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony each fired in 30 points. Miles Bridges led Charlotte with a 23 point and 10 rebound double-double. In Charlotte on game day 62 (March 5th) the Magic were made to work hard for a 101-89 victory. Ultimately it was the Magic defence and bench performance that was the difference. Paolo Banchero led the Magic with 22 points. Vasilije Micic had 21 points to lead Charlotte.
  • Last season was a 3-1 series win for Orlando, with the Hornets taking a win in Orlando.
  • The previous season had been a 1-3 victory for Charlotte.
  • The final game this season comes in Charlotte on April 5th (game day 77).

A Final Thought For Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic

  • Through the season the Magic at home are 14-0 against teams that are presently sitting at under .500. Hopefully that trends continues tonight with Charlotte being firmly in this category.
  • The Hornets can not be taken lightly. Despite injuries and having a poor season they can compete. It would be foolhardy to expect that tonight they will not do so.
Eastern Conference Standings - March 19th
Eastern Conference Standings – March 19th
  • The race for the playoffs in each Conference is certainly exciting this season. In the East the New York Knicks in the 4th seed position with a 41-27 record to the Miami Heat in 8th with their 37-31 record only 4 wins separate the 5 positions.
Orlando Magic Remaining Fixtures - Road Games Highlighted In Orange.
Orlando Magic Remaining Fixtures – Road Games Highlighted In Orange.
  • Tonight’s fixture is number 2 of an 8 game run at home in the Kia Center. There is opportunity for the Magic to set themselves up for a strong seeding heading into the playoffs. Orlando have 14 games remaining; including tonight. There remains 9 games at home and 5 on the road. There are two back-to-backs also, with one at home and the other on the road.

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