The Charlotte Hornets will meet another team outside the playoff mix when the Orlando Magic pay a visit Friday night. The Hornets hope they put together a better performance than the last time they played a team on the outside looking in. "We've just got to keep pushing, no excuses," Hornets coach James Borrego said.
Orlando Magic (21-45, 13th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (32-34, eighth in the Eastern Conference) Charlotte; Friday, 8 p.m. EDT FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Hornets -9; over/under is 216 BOTTOM LINE: Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets host Cole Anthony and the Orlando Magic. The Hornets are 7-3 in division matchups.
Elsewhere, Luka Doncic overcame a poor shooting night overall to lead the Dallas Mavericks past the Brooklyn Nets, a crucial win which puts the Mavs one game in front of the Lakers in that tight battle for the final guaranteed playoff slot out West. Russell Westbrook notched another triple-double as the Washington Wizards won in overtime against the Toronto Raptors and Nikola Vucevic put in arguably his finest performance in a Chicago Bulls jersey so far as they blew out the Hornets in Charlotte.