Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets vs. Orlando Magic pre-game report

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) has been a challenging matchup for Charlotte Hornets counterpart Al Jefferson.
Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) has been a challenging matchup for Charlotte Hornets counterpart Al Jefferson. AP

Hornets at Magic

6 p.m., Amway Center

TV: SportSouth Radio: WFNZ-AM 610.

Projected Starters

Hornets

Magic

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

Pos, Player

PPG

RPG

G, M. Williams

21.0

2.3

G, E. Payton

7.9

3.9

G, G. Henderson

11.0

3.1

G, V. Oladipo

16.6

4.3

F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist

10.8

7.2

F, T. Harris

17.0

6.5

F, C. Zeller

7.4

5.8

F, C. Frye

7.6

4.1

C, A. Jefferson

17.2

8.7

C, N. Vucevic

19.9

11.3

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson vs. Nikola Vucevic: Vucevic is thick and strong enough that he’s succeeded in the past keeping Jefferson from getting to his preferred spots in the low post. He’s also a skilled scorer.

Observations

▪ Orlando’s Jacque Vaughn became a quick coaching casualty this season, being fired around the All-Star break.

▪ The Magic’s Victor Oladipo and rookie Elfrid Payton have potential to be a terrific defensive backcourt over the next few seasons.

Tap-ins

▪ The Magic won both games in this series in Charlotte this season.

▪ Home court hasn’t been much of an advantage in Orlando this season; the Magic is 9-19 this season at Amway Center.

Did you know?

The 23-point recovery the Magic pulled off to win in Charlotte Nov. 21 was the third-largest comeback in franchise history.

Rick Bonnell

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