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Where: Spectrum Center
When: Monday, January 20, 2020, 5:00 pm ET
We have a Southeast Division NBA matchup to consider when the Orlando Magic meet the Charlotte Hornets for game one of their four-game season series. Orlando enters this matchup hoping to end a two-game winning streak. Charlotte enters this contest hoping to end a six-game losing streak when they host the Magic on Monday afternoon.
Magic Two Game Losing StreakThe Magic have lost three of their last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Orlando would be the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Monday marks the end of a six-game road trip and Orlando is 2-3 thus far on this trip. Orlando is a shaky road team and is 7-15 away from Orlando this season.
Orlando scores a league-worst 103.7 points while allowing a league-best 104.1 points per game and is shooting 43.2 percent from the field, 33.2 percent from downtown and 76.6 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Magic have seven players scoring in double figures and are led by guard Evan Fournier. The veteran sharpshooter averages 18.9 points per game with 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. Fournier is dropping 34 percent of his triple tries this season and is coming off a 12 point, four assist four rebound ballgame in Orlando’s 14-point road loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Hornets Six Game Losing StreakThe Hornets are mired in a six-game losing streak and if the regular season were to end today, Charlotte would miss the playoffs and is 4.5 games behind the eighth seed Brooklyn Nets. Monday night begins a three-game homestand and is 7-13 at Spectrum Center this season.
Charlotte scores an average of 103.8 points and allows a third-best 110.6 points per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the floor, a league-best 35.5 percent from downtown and 74.5 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Hornets have five players scoring in double digits and are led by Devonte’ Graham. Graham averages 18.7 points per game with a team-high 7.7 assists along with 3.7 caroms this season. Graham is coming off a 14 point, four rebound night in the Hornets road loss to Denver.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will be going with the Magic in this matchup. This game should be a low scoring affair as the Magic allow the fewest points in the NBA this season. Orlando also scores the fewest but they might get a bump as Orlando does allow just over 110 points per game. Orlando has too much for the Hornets to deal with and I will be playing Orlando to defeat Charlotte in this matchup.
Full-Game Total Pick
My math has this one at 210 points and that number might be a tad bit high for this matchup. Both teams play at two of the slowest paces in the NBA and neither team has an explosive enough offense to blow the other one out. These are the worst two teams in points scored per game and I just don’t see a high scoring affair on Monday. I will play the UNDER at 210 points and above in this matchup.