Ailing Hornets Return Home to Take on the Magic

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It starts to hurt, and it doesn't stop (shoutout to Smashmouth). All Star is one of the five best songs ever. LaMelo Ball and Mark Williams have been out for weeks with ankle sprains.  

Both of these players have been sidelined for several weeks. At this point, Charlotte is unable to move out of the way of their own ankles.   

As they make their way into the Queen City tonight, the Orlando Magic enjoy a strong position in the postseason picture, having won eight of their previous ten games.   

The second-year standout Paolo Banchero has become a matchup nightmare for clubs across the league, and the Hornets, who are now short-handed, will have their hands full with Banchero this evening.  

If you look at the net rating for the whole season, Orlando's defense is the fourth best in the league. On the other hand, their attack is the worst at 23. The Magic have had a hard time scoring.   

But something has worked for Orlando during this ten-game winning streak. In the last ten games, their defense has still been one of the best in the league.   

However, their attack has jumped to fourth place in the league. This evening will be hard for Charlotte's top five defense after the All-Star break.  

At power forward this evening, it's a best-on-best matchup. Banchero has scored 22 points, grabbed six rebounds, and given out six assists per game for Orlando in their last ten games, which is close to his career marks against Charlotte (24/8/6).   

A weak Charlotte offense has often been led by Bridges. Tonight, he'll need to do everything on both ends of the court for Charlotte to beat Orlando and pull off the upset. 

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