At 7:00 ET, the Hornets will host the Magic at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. The Magic (-382) are favored by 8.5 points over the Hornets (+297) and the over/under line is set at 207.5.

Orlando has won three straight and is currently 6th in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte has lost four in a row and is 13th in the East.


The Pick: Charlotte Hornets +8.5

This game will be played at Spectrum Center at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, March 5th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 109-106 in favor of the Magic.
  • Our projections have Paolo Banchero finishing with Paolo Banchero points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Magic finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.6% and knocking down 14 threes.

Can The Magic Secure a Road Victory?

Orlando is looking to extend their winning streak to four games today against the Hornets. The Magic are currently favored by 8.5 points and have been the favorite in their last nine games.

The Magic’s O/U record for the season is 29-32, and the under has hit in their last five games. On average, their games have finished with 221.4 points, which is higher than today’s line of 207.5.

In their last game, the Magic defeated the Pistons by a score of 113-91. They were favored by 11 points in that game and easily covered the spread. The O/U line for that game was 217 points.

Orlando is currently 6th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 35-26. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 24-15 and 6-6 against their division. In non-conference games, they are 11-11.

On the season, the Magic have an ATS record of 40-21, including going 19-13 ATS on the road. Their average scoring differential on the road is -3.4 points per game.

So far this season, the Magic’s offense has been below the NBA scoring average in 67.2% of their games. On average, they are scoring 111.5 points per game, which is 26th in the league. When playing on the road, they are averaging 108.9 points per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, Orlando is 30th in the league in three-pointers made per game at 10.9. Overall, they are hitting 35% of their attempts from beyond the arc. In terms of field goal percentage, the Magic are 14th in the NBA at 47%.

When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, Orlando is 2nd in the league in free throw attempts per game. They are also 5th in free throws made per game. In terms of assists, the Magic are 25th in the league with an average of 24.8 per game.

This season, the Magic defense has been impressive, holding the 5th position in the league while permitting an average of 109.9 points per contest. Most recently, the Magic’s defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 91 points to the Pistons.

Does Charlotte Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?

Today, the Hornets will look to snap their four-game losing streak as 8.5-point underdogs against the Magic. In their last game, they lost to the Raptors by a score of 111-106. The Hornets covered the spread as 7-point underdogs.

Charlotte’s O/U record for the season is 29-32 and their games have averaged 225.6 points per game. Today’s O/U line of 207.5 is lower than all of their previous games.

Against the spread, the Hornets are 24-35 this season and have covered in their last two games. At home, they are 12-16 ATS and have an average scoring differential of -8.6 points per game.

For the season, the Hornets are 15-46 and are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 9-29 and 4-6 against division opponents.

In the Eastern Conference, the Hornets are 13th with a record of 15-46. In their last 10 games, they are 2-8.

At home this season, the Hornets are averaging 108.9 points per game, which is 28th in the NBA. Overall, they are 29th in the league in scoring at 107.6 points per game.

From beyond the arc, Charlotte is hitting 35% of their three-point attempts, which is 21st in the NBA. In terms of free throws, the Hornets are last in the league in both attempts and makes.

When it comes to two-point field goals, Charlotte is 28th in the NBA at 51%. In terms of field goal percentage, the Hornets are 26th in the league at 45%.

Coming into today’s game, the Hornets’ defense is giving up an average of 118.0 points per contest. Charlotte’s defense is currently forcing 13 turnovers per game, which is 19th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 22nd in blocked shots, with an average of 4.7 rejections per game.