Orlando takes on Charlotte, aims for 5th straight home win

Charlotte Hornets (5-9, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (11-5, second in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando, Florida; Sunday, 6 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Orlando will try to keep its four-game home win streak alive when the Magic play Charlotte.

The Magic are 0-1 in division matchups. Orlando ranks second in the Eastern Conference in team defense, allowing only 106.8 points while holding opponents to 46.3% shooting.

The Hornets are 3-2 against opponents in the Southeast Division. Charlotte has a 0-6 record in games decided by 10 or more points.

The Magic are shooting 46.5% from the field this season, 2.4 percentage points lower than the 48.9% the Hornets allow to opponents. The Hornets average 10.4 made 3-pointers per game this season, 1.1 fewer made shots on average than the 11.5 per game the Magic allow.

TOP PERFORMERS: Paolo Banchero is averaging 19.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Magic. Franz Wagner is averaging 18.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists over the past 10 games for Orlando.

LaMelo Ball is averaging 25.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 1.5 steals for the Hornets. Mark Williams is averaging 14.9 points and 11.4 rebounds over the past 10 games for Charlotte.

LAST 10 GAMES: Magic: 7-3, averaging 112.7 points, 42.8 rebounds, 23.9 assists, 9.1 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 47.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.7 points per game.

Hornets: 4-6, averaging 114.0 points, 46.4 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 6.4 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 122.1 points.

INJURIES: Magic: Markelle Fultz: day to day (knee), Wendell Carter Jr.: out (hand).

Hornets: Nick Richards: day to day (concussion), P.J. Washington Jr.: day to day (foot), Frank Ntilikina: out (leg), James Bouknight: out (knee), Cody Martin: out (knee), Terry Rozier: day to day (groin).


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