Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets at Orlando Magic: Saturday’s preview

Hornets at Magic

7 p.m., Amway Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Matchup to Watch

Bismack Biyombo vs. Nik Vucevic: Vucevic is a versatile scorer-rebounder, so Biyombo has a major challenge containing him without getting in foul trouble.

Observations

• The Hornets have already lost to the Magic twice this season in Charlotte, having blown a 23-point lead in the first of those games.



• The Magic is considerably better on the road than at home. They have a 9-12 record away from Orlando and were 4-10 at home going into Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.



Tap-ins

• The Magic is a dangerous team from 3-point range, making 38 percent from the arc.



• The Hornets are 2-6 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season.



Did you know?

The Magic is particularly balanced offensively. Orlando has already had 15 games this season with five or more players scoring in double figures.

Projected Starters

Hornets Magic
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 17.7 3.8 G, E. Payton 6.6 3.3
G, G. Henderson 8.5 2.4 G, V. Oladipo 14.5 3.8
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist 9.1 5.5 F, T. Harris 18.5 7.0
F, C. Zeller 7.6 5.2 F, K. O’Quinn 8.1 4.7
C, B. Biyombo 3.4 5.2 C, N. Vucevic 18.1 11.3

Rick Bonnell

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