When: 5:00 pm EST
Where: Spectrum Center; Charlotte, NC
How to watch: Fox Sports Southeast, NBA League Pass
If nothing else, the Hornets should be well rested for this game. They haven’t played since Wednesday and have had a rare four day break in the middle of the season. The Magic have had no such luck. They just completed a five game west coast trip and have to make a quick stop in Charlotte for an early tip off before they finally head home.
The Magic didn’t have the best of times out west. They did pull off a surprising upset against the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to a triple double from Markelle Fultz, but that was really the only highlight. They scraped by the Kings with a narrow win, but lost the other three contests without breaking 100 points in any of them. They’re coming off a 27 point loss to the Clippers and a 14 point loss to the hapless Warriors.
The Magic have taken a step back this season, especially on the offensive end of the floor—they rank 26th in the league in offensive rating. Nikola Vucevic isn’t playing at nearly the same level that earned him an All Star nod last season. His numbers are down across the board and he’s been brutally inefficient for a center. Evan Fournier leads the team in scoring, but their defense takes a big hit when he’s on the floor. Aaron Gordon still can’t figure out the whole offense thing. The Markelle Fultz reclamation project is probably the only point of optimism for them now that Jonathan Isaac is likely lost for the season.
DJ Augustin is out with a knee injury, and you know what that means. We’re going to get some Michael Carter-Williams minutes tonight.
These Martin Luther King Jr. Day games are always fun. There are tons of games that go on all day and they’re full of tributes and stories.
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