Hornets vs Magic Prediction NBA Picks 3/19/24


Orlando Magic (39-28) vs Charlotte Hornets (17-51)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 19, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Kia Center)

Betting Odds: Orlando Magic -12.5 -- Over/Under: 205

The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Kia Center. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic prediction.

Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have been in a major slump as they've lost nine of their last 11 games overall and they will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat after getting routed by the 76ers in a 109-98 road loss on Saturday. Tre Mann led the team with 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists, Davis Bertans added 16 points off the bench while Grant Williams and Miles Bridges scored 14 points apiece. As a team, the Hornets shot 45 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they did a decent job of hanging in a close contest in the first half, but they could never really get on any sustained run as they kept shooting themselves in the foot with turnovers. Bridges shot just five of 15 from the field and one of six from the 3-point line while Aleksej Pokusevski scored just five points on two of seven shooting off the bench.

Orlando Magic

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic have been in terrific form as they've won 11 of their last 14 games overall and they will be aiming for a fourth straight victory after blowing past the Raptors in a 111-96 home win on Sunday. Paolo Banchero led the team with 29 points, six rebounds and five assists on 11 of 16 shooting, Franz Wagner added 22 points with eight rebounds and four assists while Moritz Wagner chipped in with 14 points off hte bench but no other player scored more than 10 points. As a team, the Magic shot 50 percent from the field and 11 of 36 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get any separation from the pesky Raptors, until the third quarter where they exploded for 35 points to lead by as many as 20 points at one stage.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Jalen Suggs ranks 3rd in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (1.4) this season.
  • Paolo Banchero is one of only 13 qualified players in the league averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds this season.

Charlotte Hornets Player Facts

  • Nick Richards ranks 18th amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (1.2) this season.
  • Miles Bridges ranks 32nd amongst qualified players for points per game (21.3) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent assists per game this season (23.9).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (39.9).
  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for free throws made per game this season (14.6).
  • The Hornets rank 30th in the league for free throw attempts per game this season (18.6).

Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic prediction

The Hornets haven't been able to build any momentum over their past 11 games, they just got routed by the struggling 76ers and I don't like their chances against the Magic who have quietly been one of the form teams in the league at the moment. The line is hefty for this one, but the Magic don't have a single player listed on the injury report and they should have little trouble running past this Hornets team who have nothing to play for at this stage of the season.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.