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Pointspread favors Hornets in battle with Magic

Orlando MagicNew Orleans Hornets
March 4, 8:00 PM | New Orleans Arena

Orlando Magic vs New Orleans Hornets Odds

16-44TEAM RECORD21-39

New Orleans Arena features an NBA battle between the host New Orleans Hornets and the visiting Orlando Magic in betting action on Monday.

This season the Hornets are 21-39 overall and 32-28 ATS against the number, while the Magic are 16-44 and 26-34 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, New Orleans is 33-27 on the OU, and Orlando is 33-26-1.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Hornets as 9-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 188.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hornets at No. 25 and the Magic at No. 26 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 93-90 result in favor of the Hornets.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 23-ranked offense (94.2 PPG) against a Magic defense that ranks No. 22 at 100.4 PPG. The Hornets have averaged 45.1% from the field per game, less than the Magic have managed so far this season (45.3% on average).

Defensively, the Magic feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.9 points per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 in the league in scoring at home.

Orlando was a 108-82 loser in its last match at home against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 190 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Orlando was crushed on Sunday, getting run out of the gym by Memphis and falling 108-82 at Amway Center.

The Hornets were a 100-95 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Pistons. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (195) made winners of OVER bettors. The Hornets got a 25-point performance from Greivis Vasquez as New Orleans ran past Detroit 100-95 on Friday at New Orleans Arena.

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Miami are 6-4
After playing Memphis are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing LA Lakers are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

A few Magic at Hornets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Orlando's last 9 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Orlando's last 17 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Orlando's last 15 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New Orleans's last 5 games at home
New Orleans is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans's last 9 games when playing at home against Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans's last 7 games

Next up:
Orlando at Miami, Wednesday, March 6
New Orleans home to LA Lakers, Wednesday, March 6