Against the Spread Pick
Orlando is only winning a third of the time in the road but this is a game that would really help them out. The Magic have lost back to back games to Miami but the Hornets are about two or three tiers below the Heat. The offense has really dried up with just 89 and 92 points scored over those two games. The defense has been good and they should be able to hold the Hornets to a level that gives them a chance. Charlotte has been smacked pretty good the last couple of games, losing by 14 at Washington and then 24 at San Antonio. They return home but that is not going to solve their problems. They are the lowest-scoring team in the league taking on one of the best defensive teams around. Being a little more comfortable never hurts but I am not sure it is enough. PJ Washington being out does not help either. Take Orlando.
Over Under Pick
Neither of these teams is lighting up the scoreboard lately. I kind of like the backcourt of Charlotte but the rest of the team is not reliable. For Orlando, they have a couple of guys who are decent scorers but their style is not conducive to bust out games unless Terrence Ross is red hot. I am more than comfortable betting against that. Take the under.