Charlotte Hornets (27-29, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (26-32, 10th in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando; Thursday, 7 p.m. Eastern

BOTTOM LINE: Orlando hosts Charlotte trying to continue its three-game home winning streak.

The Magic are 5-5 against Southeast Division teams. Orlando ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference at limiting opponent scoring, giving up 107.2 points and holding opponents to 45.7 percent shooting.

The Hornets are 20-16 in Eastern Conference play. Charlotte is 17-12 in games decided by at least 10 points. The Hornets earned a victory in the last matchup between these two teams on Dec. 31. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 24 points and Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 14 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Nikola Vucevic leads the Magic with 12.1 rebounds and averages 20.6 points. Terrence Ross has scored 17.8 points and collected 4.5 rebounds while shooting 39.9 percent over the last 10 games for Orlando.

Walker has shot 43.5 percent and is averaging 25.2 points for the Hornets. Marvin Williams is shooting 47.3 percent and has averaged 12 points over the last 10 games for Charlotte.

LAST 10 GAMES: Hornets: 5-5, averaging 106.4 points, 42.7 rebounds, 20.9 assists, 7.1 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.8 points on 47.8 percent shooting.

Magic: 6-4, averaging 110.4 points, 50.3 rebounds, 26.2 assists, 6.9 steals and 6.2 blocks per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting.

Magic Injuries: Mo Bamba: out (left tibia fracture), Markelle Fultz: out (shoulder/wrist), Timofey Mozgov: out (knee).

Hornets Injuries: Devonte’ Graham: day to day (illness), Tony Parker: day to day (back).


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