Hornets vs. Magic Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 5 (Back the Underdog at the Spectrum Center)
Hornets vs. Magic Game Info
- Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
- Time: 1:00 PM ET
- Venue: Spectrum Center -- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Coverage: BSSE and BSFL
The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Sunday with six more games, including a battle between the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets. The Magic rank 13th in the Eastern Conference with a 21-32 record, while the Hornets check in 14th with a 15-39 record. This showdown could truly go either way.
Orlando enters as a victor in four of its last seven games following a 127-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Meanwhile, Charlotte saw its losing streak grow to three games with a 118-112 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday. Which team will earn momentum with a win on Sunday?
Hornets vs. Magic Odds & Spread
- All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: CHA: (-126) | ORL: (+108)
- Spread: CHA: -2 (-110) | ORL: +2 (-110)
- Total: 236.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
The Hornets enter this contest as slight home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 1 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 236.5 points, which ranks as the highest of Sunday's projected totals.
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Hornets vs. Magic Betting Trends
- The Hornets compiled a 46-34-2 record against the spread last season.
- Against the spread, as underdogs of 1 point or more, the Magic went 32-40-1 last year.
- A total of 41 Hornets games last season hit the over.
- The Magic had 42 of their 82 games go over the point total last season.
Hornets vs. Magic Prediction & Pick
It's been a rebuilding season for both of these squads as the coaching staffs look to add around young stars like LaMelo Ball and Paolo Banchero. It's the Magic that enter this one with a bit of momentum, though, as they were able to fend off a comeback attempt by Minnesota last time out.
Neither one of these squads thrive on the offensive end of the court, which makes looking at the differences on defense crucial. Charlotte allows 118.6 points per game (No. 28 in NBA), while Orlando gives up 114.5 points per game (No. 18 in NBA). The Magic outrank the Hornets in efficiency as well.
Charlotte has fallen short in 10 of its last 13 home games, so it's best to fade the Hornets on Sunday.
Final Score Prediction: Hornets: 117 | Magic: 120
Hornets vs. Magic Best Bet
Orlando has excelled as an underdog as of late. The Magic are 9-3 against the spread (ATS) in their last 12 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last eight away games. Head coach Jamahl Mosley's team enters Sunday fairly healthy, too, while the Hornets are set to be without Kelly Oubre Jr. (hand injury).
Charlotte has lost 15 of its last 19 games against Eastern Conference opponents and is one of only six NBA teams to own a negative average scoring margin at home (-6.1). Ball can only do so much when he is surrounded by players incapable of taking over the game with one bucket after another.
Bet: Orlando Magic +2 (-110)
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