Hornets Gameday: Charlotte welcomes in Orlando for Southeast Division match-up

Orlando Magic(10-13) vs. Charlotte Hornets(13-9)

Spectrum Center, Charlotte

Gametime: Friday, 7:00 p.m.

Television: FOX Sports Southeast

Radio: WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM

Last season’s match-up: CHA won season series 3-1

Series history(since 1989-90): ORL leads all-time series 50-43

The Charlotte Hornets, who are coming off a well-played and hard-fought game in which they won back on Wednesday night over the Detroit Pistons, will welcome in the Orlando Magic to Spectrum Center tonight for a Southeast Division match-up.  Charlotte enters play today sitting atop the NBA Southeast Division by 2 1/2 games over the Atlanta Hawks, while the visiting Magic is coming off a tough outing against Boston back on Wednesday night at the Amway Center in Orlando and are only trailing the Hornets by 3 1/2 games coming into tonight.

Scouting the Magic

Wednesday night’s 117-87 loss to the Boston Celtics at the Amway Center in Orlando was a hard one to swallow for the Orlando Magic, and they knew that they have to work hard and get better with each game they play every night.  There is one bright spot on the Orlando Magic lineup that fans should pay attention to during tonight’s road match-up in Charlotte against the division-leading Hornets, Evan Fournier, who currently leads the team with a 16.7 points per game average in 23 games played this season, while Serge Ibaka, one of Orlando’s key free-agent acquisitions, isn’t that far behind, averaging 14.3 points per game.  Look for them to carry the load for the Magic in tonight’s road match-up in Charlotte against the Hornets, a team that took 3 of 4 from the Magic last season.

Scouting the Hornets

After taking down the Mavericks on Monday in Dallas, and winning at home over the Detroit Pistons back on Wednesday night, the Charlotte Hornets find themselves playing some strong basketball lately, as they come into tonight’s game against Orlando with a 13-9 mark, which is good for one of the best starts in the 28-year history of Charlotte NBA Basketball.  Back on Wednesday, Marvin Williams made his return to the lineup for the Hornets, and he was indeed one of the many factors for Charlotte in the 87-77 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, and with everyone being at full strength, Charlotte hopes to build upon that momentum from Wednesday night’s win, as they welcome the Orlando Magic to “The Hive” for a Southeast Division match-up, before Charlotte embarks on a 5-game road trip.

Next 4 games for the Hornets(home games in BOLD)

Saturday: Charlotte @ Cleveland Cavaliers(7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)

Monday: Charlotte @ Indiana Pacers(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)

Wednesday: Charlotte @ Washington Wizards(7:00 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)

December 16th: Charlotte @ Boston Celtics(7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Southeast)