Orlando Magic vs. Charlotte Hornets (Dec. 19, 2020): How to Watch, Odds and Prediction

Terrence Ross has regressed a ton in the first year of his new contract with the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Terrence Ross has regressed a ton in the first year of his new contract with the Orlando Magic. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

The Orlando Magic play their final preseason game of the year as they try to finetune themselves before the season begins next week.

Charlotte Hornets (1-2) vs. Orlando Magic (1-2)


7 p.m./FOX Sports Florida



2020 Season Series:

Magic 106, Hornets 83

in Charlotte on Jan. 20;

Magic 112, Hornets 100

in Charlotte on Feb. 3

2021 Season Series:

Jan. 24 in Orlando; Jan. 25 in Orlando

2021 PreseasonPaceOff. Rtg.Def. Rtg.eFG%O.Reb.%TO%FTR

OMD Prediction

The Orlando Magic know they have only one more chance to get themselves right on the court before the season begins. This is a veteran group and there seems to be some confidence they can flip the switch once the games count again. This Magic team should not count on that. They should look — for the first half at least — to assert themselves and treat this game like a regular-season game. Even if they are still working through some things. The Orlando Magic did some good things against the Charlotte Hornets the first time around on Thursday. They need those moments to last longer.

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1) The Orlando Magic are aiming to get their defense right as they play their final preseason game, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes. The Magic are indeed trying to get their defense back, all the while experimenting with some new schemes.

2) The Orlando Magic are watching their second unit slowly build chemistry and come together. The group has explosive offensive potential, Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com writes.

3) The Orlando Magic want Nikola Vucevic taking more 3-pointers this year and that could put a record in view, Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com writes.

4) The Orlando Magic are trying to create a bit of normal as they play in a largely empty Amway Center.

5) The Charlotte Hornets have a lot of options for their starting lineup, Chase Whitney of At The Hive writes.

6) Josh Cohen of OrlandoMagic.com breaks down Chuma Okeke and his start to his preseason.

7) The Orlando Magic need mid-round draft picks like Cole Anthony and Chuma Okeke to hit to get their rebuild right. This camp has certainly been a bigger challenge for them as rookies.

8) The Orlando Magic are getting healthier as they inch toward the regular season.

9) The big man rotation is one of the biggest strengths for the Orlando Magic, Garrett Townsend of Orlando Pinstriped Post writes.

10) The Orlando Magic will need James Ennis to be a more proficient shooter this season.

11) Similarly, Gary Clark needs to become a true stretch-4 for the Orlando Magic to continue unlocking their offense.

12) When Mohamed Bamba returns, he has to prove he can push for starter’s minutes, Omar Cabrera writes.

13) Dwayne Bacon has fit right in during his first preseason runs with the Orlando magic.

14) The DeVos family received at least one vote in The Athletic’s poll of the worst owners in the NBA.

15) January will be a challenging month for the Orlando Magic, Isaac Ryu writes.

16) The Orlando Magic should celebrate their T-Mac era jerseys.