Fri, Feb 11, 1:27pm by Kevin Pitstock
The Orlando Magic will host the New Orleans Hornets on Friday evening. This game features two teams, from opposite conferences that have an outside chance at making some big time noise in the postseason. The Orlando Magic come in wtih a 34-20 record, good enough for a tie in the Southeast Division for second place. New Orleans, with their four game losing streak has fallen to 13 games behind the red-hot Spurs in the Southwest Division.
On January 12th, these two teams played in New Orleans, with the Hornets coming away with a 92-89 overtime win. In the loss for Orlando, Dwight Howard poured in 29 points and ripped down 20 rebounds. For New Orleans,
Orlando Magic Overview
The Magic come into the game fresh off a 99-95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. In the win, Superman Dwight Howard once again sparked the way for the Magic, scoring 30 points and ripping down 17 rebounds. On the season, Orlando has seen their power forward average 22.5 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. The Magic as a team are scoring 100.1 points per game, and allowing 94.5.
Orlando, when playing at the Amway Center have won 19 of 26 games. The Magic have played 20 games this season against the Western Conference, winning 11 of 20 of them. Orlando is seeking their fourth straight season of 50+ wins.
New Orleans Hornets Overview
New Orleans is looking hard to break their nasty four game losing streak. The Hornets were unable to beat New Jersey on Wednesday night, despite 32 points and 15 rebounds from David West. West is leading the team in scoring, as he is pouring in 19 points per game. Former UConn star Emeka Okafor leads the way in the paint for New Orleans, with 10.1 rebounds per game. The Hornets are the third best defensive team in the league, as they are allowing just 92.5 points per game.
New Orleans, after winning 56 and 49 games in back-to-back seasons won just 37 last year, with their point guard Chris Paul injured much of the season. The Hornets have struggled a bit on the road this season, winning just 12 of 27. The Hornets are 16-6 when playing against Eastern Conference foes.
Magic/Hornets Pick and Prediction
This should be a fantastic game between two great teams. The Orlando Magic have been a completely different team since the pre-Christmas trade. New Orleans has been up and down, including long winning streaks and nasty losing streaks.
Dwight Howard will be way too much for the Hornets in the pain. David West is good, and having a sensational season, but in Central Florida, it’s hard to imagine he can lead his team past Superman. The Hornets are +9 on the road, and we feel they will lose by double digits.
Our pick: Bet the Orlando Magic -9. Make your Magic wager at Sportsbet!
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