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NBA: Orlando Magic vs Charlotte Hornets | 8 April, 7 AM (PST)

Mary C

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Cole Anthony leads Orlando Magic into North Carolina for a match against the Charlotte Hornets this Friday at 7 AM.  15th in the Eastern Conference, the Magic needs to tread carefully on their way to the land of the Hornets in this intraconference fixture. The prey-predator analogy is quite obvious with this matchup, but are they as real as far apart as they seem? 


The Hornets are 20-19 in home games and 20-20 in away games earning them 10th place in the Eastern Conference. As Magic is coming in to pay them a visit, they are also hoping to end the Hornets’ 3-win streak, but how hard (or easy) will it be for the Hornets to fend off Magic? Orlando is objectively the worst team in the Eastern Conference with 21 wins and 59 losses; averaging only 104 points per game and shooting 43.3%. However, Charlotte must not rest on their laurels yet. This would be the teams’ fourth matchup for this season, and Magic proved victorious in their last game back on January 15 with a 116-109 final result. If Magic continues to play like how they did, then Charlotte truly might be in a bind. 


As for top performers, the Charlotte Hornets have Miles Bridges and LaMelo Ball. Bridges averages 20.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game, and Ball averaged 21.5 points throughout the last 10 games. Alternatively, Orlando Magic has Cole Anthony and Franz Wagner. Anthony shoots 33.8% from beyond the arc and 85.4 free throw percentage all the while averaging 16.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. Wagner also helped boost the team up as he averaged 14.3 points per Orlando’s last 10 games. 


Here’s where it gets interesting: injuries. Magic has five people on their injury report with one out and four under day-to-day. What’s spicy about this is three of their most effective players: Wendell Carter Jr., Franz Wagner, and Cole Anthony are all on the list. Who will save Orlando now? Maybe it will be easy for Charlotte this time around, and for that, we’re betting on their side of the court. Orlando was already an underdeveloped team to begin with; without the aforementioned three, we can’t see this game turning out any other way. It’s the Charlotte Hornets for Friday’s game. 


7 AM, Friday, 8 April 2022. Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC. 


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