Banchero and the Magic visit conference foe Charlotte

Orlando Magic (26-37, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (20-44, 14th in the Eastern Conference)

Charlotte, North Carolina; Friday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic take on Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets in Eastern Conference play.

The Hornets are 11-29 in conference play. Charlotte is 2-2 in games decided by less than 4 points.

The Magic are 13-27 against conference opponents. Orlando averages 14.4 turnovers per game and is 13-15 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents.

The teams play for the fourth time this season. The Magic won the last meeting 119-113 on Feb. 5, with Banchero scoring 22 points in the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Rozier is averaging 21.4 points and 4.8 assists for the Hornets. LaMelo Ball is averaging 3.2 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Charlotte.

Banchero is shooting 41.9% and averaging 19.7 points for the Magic. Franz Wagner is averaging 15.7 points over the last 10 games for Orlando.

LAST 10 GAMES: Hornets: 5-5, averaging 113.9 points, 45.0 rebounds, 25.3 assists, 8.3 steals and 5.8 blocks per game while shooting 47.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.8 points per game.

Magic: 5-5, averaging 108.2 points, 44.9 rebounds, 23.0 assists, 7.1 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 45.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.9 points.

INJURIES: Hornets: LaMelo Ball: out for season (ankle), Cody Martin: out (knee), P.J. Washington: out (foot).

Magic: Jonathan Isaac: out (hamstring).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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