NO/OKC is missing G Chris Paul (18.4 ppg), F Peja Stojakovic (17.8 ppg), F David West (17.4 ppg), and G Bobby Jackson (10.6 ppg), all out due to injury. Among their active players, G/F Desmond Mason is the leading scorer at 13.4 ppg; G Devin Brown 11.5 ppg; G/F Rasual Butler 11.3 ppg; and G Jannero Pargo 10.9 ppg. C Tyson Chandler averages 11.3 rebs and 1.6 blocks per game. NO averages a league-low 90.2 ppg, while allowing 94.7 ppg. The Magic average 94 ppg, while allowing 92.2 ppg.
The Magic have won 4 of their last 5 games against the Hornets, and beat them 86-83 last month. NO is 13-5 when scoring at least 92 pts. The Magic have lost 6 of their last 7 road games. Magic are favored by 6 1/2 pts (www.pinnaclesports.com).