The Charlotte Hornets make the short trip to the Amway Center in Florida for a road matchup with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday afternoon. The Hornets (11-8) have been playing excellent on the offensive end with their slew of young talent. The Magic (4-14) are in the midst of a rebuild but are optimistic about Jalen Suggs and his development. The Hornets open this game as considerable road favorites.
Bridges and Hornets Shooting WellThe Hornets have been dynamic on offense this season, averaging 114.5 points per game on 45% shooting. Miles Bridges has seen a career resurgence in his third season. The former Spartan is averaging 21.3 points and 7.5 boards through 19 games. Although putting up impressive offensive statistics, Charlotte has been lackluster on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 23rd in defensive rating through two weeks.
They’ve been getting worked in the paint, ranking next to last in rebounding percentage and giving up a league-worst 118 points per game. It’s safe to assume both extremes to average out over the course of the year. As long as LaMelo Ball and Bridges stay healthy, the Hornets will be a player in the Eastern Conference over the course of 2022.
Rebuilding Magic StrugglingThe Magic were not anticipated to compete coming into this season, which was expected with a long rebuild underway. They gutted their roster over the last year and a half, trading away Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon in a firesale. Jalen Suggs had issues during the first couple of weeks adjusting to the point guard position at the NBA level but has turned it on as of late.
The former Gonzaga standout is only averaging 12.2 points and 3.5 assists but is shooting the ball considerably better playing alongside Cole Anthony. The Magic like what they see so far in the young guard, but they have a lot more work to do before they’ll be competitive in the East. They are only averaging 101.4 points per game (26th), and rank bottom five in most offensive statistical categories. Their 27th ranked offensive rating is a good indication of how raw this lineup is. Magic fans must remain patient during this rebuilding year.
- Magic are 7-13 ATS in their last 20 games
- Magic are 2-17 in their last 19 road games
- Hornets are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games
- Hornets are 8-2 in their last 10 road games against the Magic
- All trends found on oddshark.com