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Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets Predictions and Preview for 1/14/2022

Orlando Magic takes on Charlotte Hornets on 1/14/2022 at 07:10 PM.

The Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets face off in an important game for both teams. Orlando Magic has a record of 7-35 this regular season. Charlotte Hornets is 23-19 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Orlando Magic Team Defense Preview


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You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 112.7, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Orlando Magic Team Offense Preview




They have a completely dreadful offense that makes announcers try to spin things positively and fans cringe. An offensive effiency rating of 103.3 can certainly do that. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .527 which is terrible. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .491, which is terrible. They attempt .414 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .324 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .786 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 21.5% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

Charlotte Hornets Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 113.5, there is a lot of work to do here. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are a below average team when it comes to their ability to force bad shots. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Charlotte Hornets Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 113.1, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .567 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .541, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .410 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .375 of their shots from three point range. They are an above average three point shooting team. They made .738 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 22.3% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The Orlando Magic Roster

The Players to Watch for Orlando Magic

Franz Wagner 6-9 225 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Wendell Carter Jr. 6-10 270 C

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Gary Harris 6-4 210 SG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Charlotte Hornets Roster

The Players to Watch for Charlotte Hornets

Miles Bridges 6-6 225 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Gordon Hayward 6-7 225 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

LaMelo Ball 6-7 180 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

One of the best distributors in the NBA, he sets up his teammates like few others. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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