When: 6:00 p.m. EST
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
The Charlotte Hornets (2-3), coming off of a crushing home loss to the Houston Rockets, look to bounce back against the Orlando Magic (4-1) on Sunday evening. This is last of a three game homestand for Buzz City and they will look to close out the set with a victory. However, that will not be an easy task as the Magic look much improved under head coach Frank Vogel.
The Magic are off to a 4-1 start after demolishing the Spurs on Friday night. They are led by Aaron Gordon, who leads the team in scoring with 23 points per game on close to 60 percent shooting. Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic are also off to hot starts to begin the season. They have found ways to close out games and that’s a major reason they are 4-1 to begin the season.
In terms of injuries, Cody Zeller will return after missing the last four games with a knee bruise. In addition to that, Treveon Graham is listed as questionable with a quad contusion, per Rick Bonnell. Nicolas Batum continues to sit with an elbow injury while Michael Carter-Williams isn’t ready for game action. For the Magic, point guard Elfrid Payton will miss this game due to a hamstring injury.
Cody Zeller (knee bruise) says practice went fine, and he’s playing Sunday vs. Magic.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) October 28, 2017
Treveon Graham (quad contusion) questionable for Sunday.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) October 28, 2017
One thing I’m interested to see is how the Hornets defend the three point line against the Magic. They are hot to begin the season and many players are shooting very well from three. The Hornets didn’t do a great job against a Rockets team that loves the long ball more than any other team in the NBA (yes, more than the Warriors).
Overall, this game is winnable and the Hornets dominated the series against the Magic last season. However, the Magic look a lot different through five games this season. It will certainly not be easy this time around when the Hornets take on the Magic at the Spectrum center.