Hornets And Magic Look To Take Care Of Business At Home Against Inferior Teams

Friday, February 22, 2019 3:28 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 3:28 PM UTC

The Hornets are ready to get rid of their All-Star Break hangover, while the Magic look to take care of business against a young Bulls team.

<p style="text-align:center"><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/washington-wizards-vs-charlotte-hornets-3569739/odds/" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Washington (24-34 SU, 26-32 ATS) at Charlotte (27-30 SU, 27-29-1 ATS)</a><br />Friday 7 P.M. ET<br />Free NBA Pick: Hornets ATS<br />Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4427&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">Bovada</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569739, "sportsbooksIds":[238,93,1096,19,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The city of Charlotte hosted All-Star Weekend. The Hornets now will host a bunch of basketball games that actually count in the standings.</p><p>Charlotte begins its post-break stretch in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, in a tight race for one of the eight playoff spots, 3 1/2 games ahead of the 11th-place Wizards.</p><p>The Hornets open a four-game homestand against the Wizards on Friday, the first of seven contests in an eight-game stretch at Spectrum Center. The Hornets are 19-9 at home. The Wizards are 7-23 on the road, the third-worst mark in the East. Charlotte is expecting to get back veteran point guard Tony Parker, who missed four games before the break because of back soreness. He was able to practice Wednesday. All-Star Kemba Walker has led the way, averaging 24.9 points and 5.6 assists this season.</p><p>Washington is trying to make a playoff push without John Wall (out since late December because of a ruptured left Achilles tendon), with All-Star guard Bradley Beal taking the lead role.</p><p>Washington will get back point guard Tomas Satoransky who missed the final two games before the break due to the birth of his and his wife's first child. This is the first of three games between Charlotte and Washington in a three-week span. They play again in Charlotte on March 8 and wrap up the four-game season series at Washington on March 15.</p><p>The Wizards are a terrible 9-21 ATS on the road this season, while <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank" title="Live NBA Odds Board">the Hornets are 15-12 ATS at home on the year</a>. The Hornets started out as four point favorites, but can now be bet up to five points as favorites. Smart bettors will take advantage of the Wizards inability to win on the road and bet the Hornets in this match up.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"pt\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;From practice, Coach Brooks on focusing on rebounding, returning to game action tomorrow, and more.&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/DCFamily?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#DCFamily&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/ySC5kFv9qb\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/ySC5kFv9qb&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/WashWizards/status/1098719012555448320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;21 de fevereiro de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p style="text-align:center"><strong><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/chicago-bulls-vs-orlando-magic-3569733/odds/" target="_blank" title="Game Odds">Chicago (14-44 SU, 25-31-2 ATS) at Orlando (27-32 SU, 31-26-2 ATS)</a><br />Friday 7 P.M. ET<br />Free NBA Pick: Magic ATS<br />Best LIne Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4435&amp;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook!">Pinnacle</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569733, "sportsbooksIds":[238,93,1096,19,999996], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The Magic opened up as eight point favorites against the Bulls, which is quite telling for a team that still fancies itself as playoff contenders in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls on the other hand are fully dedicated to having the worst possible record so that they can better position themselves for the NBA Draft Lottery.</p><p>The Magic are hoping the All-Star break didn't squash their momentum.</p><p>Thanks to a five-game winning streak, Orlando is in rare position for this stage of the season -- competing for a playoff berth -- as it resumes play Friday night at home against the Bulls. At the break, teams six through 10 in the Eastern Conference were separated by just three games. The Magic (27-32) were at the back of the line among that group but charging fast in an effort to grab one of the eight playoff spots.</p><p>Guard Kris Dunn who missed the final game before the break because of a back bruise, practiced Wednesday and should play against Orlando. And the Bulls are still working in forward Otto Porter Jr., who is averaging 22.5 points in four games for the Bulls since being acquired in a trade that sent Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis to Washington.</p><p>Orlando has won seven of its past eight games, including victories over two of the best teams in the East, Milwaukee and Indiana. The active five-game winning streak is the team's longest since December 2015. Its last six-game streak came early in the 2010 season. The Magic are averaging 118.8 points per game during their streak.</p><p>Vucevic is having the best season of his eight-year career, averaging 20.5 points and 12.1 rebounds. Aaron Gordon is averaging 15.8 points and 7.3 rebounds. The combination of Vucevic and Aaron Gordon will be too much for the young Bulls team to handle and should allow for the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank" title="More NBA Picks">Magic to cruise to an easy victory and cover</a>.</p>
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