Charlotte Hornets vs Orlando Magic – 01/22/16 Preview
The Charlotte Hornets (19-23) will travel to Orlando on Friday to battle the strugglingMagic (20-21). The Magic are the odds favorites to win (line: -3.5). Here is the projected lineup for tonight:
The Hornets are coming off a 109-95 loss on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder this Wednesday and now having lost 10 of their last 12 games. They’re not looking like the promising young team from November that was 10-5. Red hot Kemba Walker was the leading scorer for Charlotte in the contest with a 21 pts contribution. Walker is averaging 19.9 points this season and his stats are beneficiating from the numerous games missed to injury and suspension of Al Jefferson. Jeremy Lin recorded 16 pts off the bench while Frank Kaminsky III put up 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the defeat. Charlotte remains in last place of their division and will return at home to take on the Knicks Saturday before heading on a 4 game road trip next week in the West.
The Magic’s struggle continues and worsens week by week. Seen as a playoff favorite back in the fall, things seem to be getting worst for Orlando with its recent loss to the 76ers, 96-87 on Wednesday, the worst team in the NBA, 96-87. Elfrid Payton (21 pts, 10 rebounds), Nikola Vucevic (15 pts, 11 assists) and Tobias Harris (15 pts, 10 rebounds) all posted double-doubles in the defeat. The team shot only 39.3% from the field and 23.5% from long range. Star player Victor Oladipo missed his 2nd straight game and is questionable for Friday due to a knee injury. Orlando is 12-10 on the road.