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The Magic Go Against The Hornets

  • Tonight at home in the Amway Center, Orlando the Magic go against the Hornets, looking to extend our 6 game win streak.  

Regular Season Game 17 – Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic

  • Venue – The Amway Center, Orlando, Florida 
  • U.K. tip time is 11pm, which is 6pm for our friends in Orlando. 
  • To watch the Magic go against the Hornets here in the U.K. you will need an active NBA League Pass subscription.

Orlando Magic 

  • Regular Season Record: 11-5 Run: won 6
  • In-Season Tournament Record: 3-1 Points Differential: plus 22
  • Home Record 6-2 Road Record 5-3
  • Standing: record tied 2nd in the East (2nd to 4th with Milwaukee and Philadelphia)
  • Points Per GameFor 111.6 (21st) Against 106.8 (3rd)
  • RatingOffensive 23rd Defensive 1st
  • The Magic have found a rhythm on offensive play over recent games. On the season they shoot 30.3 three-pointers per game, making 10.3 (a success rate of 33.8%). However the team are best attacking from inside the arc, making 53% of our two-point-field-goal attempts. That efficiency is much higher when attacking the rim, where the Magic are 6th in scoring points in the paint (53.6 points per game). Orlando remain first in the league for free throws attempted and are 4th in makes. Orlando still lead the league in points from turnovers and in second chance points. The later category is boosted by our size and willingness to battle, seeing the Magic 8th in making offensive rebounds.
  • On defence Orlando excel. Jalen Suggs has the 5th best defensive rating in the NBA. The stats are impressive. The intensity of our defensive pressure sees opponents turn the ball over at the highest rate in the league. The Magic are second in steals made per game, conceding the second fewest total field goal attempts, third fewest baskets, second fewest opponent offensive rebounds, third fewest opponent defensive rebounds; and finally the least total opposition rebounds and assists. They are tied 2nd with the fewest opponent second chance points and concede only 46 points in the paint (8th fewest)

Leaders

  • Scoring is being led by Paolo Banchero with second with 19.6 ppg. Franz Wagner is second with 18.9. Third on the team and leading the bench is Cole Anthony with 14.1 points per game. Moritz Wagner’s scoring is now up to 12.6 per game, followed by Jalen Suggs with 12.5. 
  • Paolo Banchero is also the team leader for assists (4.4) per game. Jalen Suggs is the leader for steals per game at 1.9 (that figure is the 5th best but his steal percentage is the best in the league). Goga Bitadze leads in blocks with 1.6 per game (13th in the NBA).

Last Game – The Boston Celtics

  • In our fourth and final In-Season-Tournament group game Orlando produced yet another outstanding performance. The Magic beat the Boston Celtics by 96-113.
  • Before we go any further; yes Boston fans and NBA talking heads we are fully aware the Celtics were a starter down and lost Porzingis during the game. However, the Magic were two starters down and if injury has not been a factor in Orlando’s “poverty franchise” record and results over recent seasons then please don’t use it here either for our winning!
  • The Magic trailed almost the entire first half but came out with a new focus in the second half. That saw Orlando outscore the Celtics by 25 in the half (including 14 in the final quarter).
  • I’m going to start with the bench contribution. Moe Wagner led Orlando with an efficient 27 points. Cole Anthony dropped 16, whilst missing a couple of shots you’d expect him to make. However 6 assists, 2 steals and a block showed his over all contribution. These two guys have to be in the early conversations for Sixth Man of the Year.
  • Paolo Banchero posted another well rounded performance with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. For Paolo that is his eighth 20-plus-point performance so far this season. Franz Wagner came through with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Jalen Suggs scored 10 points and will forever be loved for waving goodbye the the droves of green clad fans exiting the Amway early.
  • The starting unit was again Anthony Black, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Paolo Banchero and Goga Bitadze.
  • From the bench the core minutes were shared by Cole Anthony, Gary Harris, Jonathan Isaac, Moe Wagner and Joe Ingles. Caleb Houstan whilst not scoring played well in 8 minutes on defence.

Tonight

  • There is no change to the Magic injury report. Markelle Fultz remains out due to a left knee injury. Wendell Carter Jr is due to be re-evaluated after surgery at the start of November on a fractured left hand middle finger. He could remain out until the new year.
  • Jett Howard has been assigned to our G-League squad, the Osceola Magic. Therefore he is unavailable as is Trevelin Queen (two-way). Kevon Harris is also unavailable on the Coach Mosley’s decision (two-way).
  • It is hard to see there being any huge rotation changes for this match again. In the Boston game Coach Mosley decided to withdraw starting guard Anthony Black, having played only 6 minutes. 

The Charlotte Hornets 

A Quick Look Back

  • Last season they fell to a 27-55 record and finished 14th in the East.
  • The main addition came through the Draft being Brandon Miller (taken 2nd but was far from a popular choice on the night with Hornets fans), also taking Nick Smith Jr. They further added Frank Ntilikina.

Season Stats

  • Regular Season Record: 5-9 Run: won 2
  • Standing: 12th in the East
  • Points Per GameFor 113.9 (14th) Against 121.6 (26th)
  • RatingOffensive 19th Defensive 28th
  • They shoot the two-pointer the most in the league, also making the most (32.5 makes from 60.6 attempts per game). They lead the league with 58 points in the paint per game. Being 5th in offensive rebounds sees them 6th in second chance points. 
  • LaMelo Ball is the team leader and danger to Orlando. He is averaging 25.9 points per game (12th), 8.6 assists (5th) and 1.5 steals (14th). 
  • Miles Bridges has returned and is becoming a key contributor again, putting up 20.8 points, whilst also making his presence felt on defence.
  • Terry Rozier is their third player contributing 20-plus-points per game (22).

Last Time Out For The Hornets 

  • On Wednesday the Hornets took a home court 114-117 win over the Washington Wizards. 
  • The Hornets trailed by 13 points going into the final quarter. A 39 point last 12 minutes saw the win secured.
  • LaMelo Ball hit a 34 point, 13 assist double-double.
  • Miles Bridges followed Ball with a 33 points and 10 rebounds double-double.
  • Starting 5 – LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges, Brandon Miller, Gordon Hayward, Mark Williams
  • JT Thor, Bryce McGowens, Ish Smith and Nick Smith Jr came from the bench.
  • Theo Maledon was available but did not play.

Tonight

  • The Hornets are somewhat injury hit. Terry Rozier and PJ Washington are both listed as day-to-day and probable. Definitely out are James Bouknight, Cody Martin, Nick Richards and Frank Ntilikina.
  • The availability of Rozier and Washington will determine their starting lineup. 

Head-To-Head With The Charlotte Hornets 

  • In 118 regular season games played the score stands level at 59-59.
  • The Magic are on a 2 game streak over Charlotte. Last season was a series 3-1 win for Orlando, with Orlando winning both road games.
  • The previous season had been a 1-3 victory for Charlotte. 
  • Recent history sees both team’s winning very evenly home and away.

A Final Thought As The Magic Go Against The Hornets

  • This game is a battle of the paint and second chance points. 
  • It could easily be decided by the bell-ringing plays the Magic so value. Before yesterday’s games the Magic ranked fourth in charges taken, third in deflections, and third in defensive loose balls recovered. In those Jalen Suggs was third in defensive loose balls recovered and ninth in deflections, while Moe Wagner second in charges drawn.

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