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Orlando takes on New Orleans, seeks 5th straight home win

March 20, 2019

New Orleans Pelicans (31-42, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (33-38, ninth in the Eastern Conference)

Orlando; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Orlando hosts New Orleans aiming to extend its four-game home winning streak.

The Magic have gone 20-16 at home. Orlando averages 13.4 turnovers per game and is 20-11 when they win the turnover battle.

The Pelicans are 13-25 on the road. New Orleans is seventh in the NBA with 36.1 defensive rebounds per game, led by Anthony Davis averaging 9.0. The Magic won the last meeting between these two squads 118-88 on Feb. 12. Nikola Vucevic led Orlando to the win with a 25-point game.

TOP PERFORMERS: Vucevic is scoring 20.7 points per game and averaging 12.1 rebounds for the Magic. D.J. Augustin is shooting 45.6 percent and averaging 12.5 points over the last 10 games for Orlando.

Davis has averaged 26.2 points and 12.0 rebounds for the Pelicans. Julius Randle has averaged 26.3 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 49.5 percent over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pelicans: 4-6, averaging 117.7 points, 48.2 rebounds, 28.6 assists, 8.6 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 122.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting.

Magic: 5-5, averaging 104.1 points, 48.1 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 43.9 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103 points on 44.6 percent shooting.

Magic Injuries: Mo Bamba: out (left tibia fracture), Markelle Fultz: out (shoulder/wrist), Isaiah Briscoe: out (knee), Timofey Mozgov: out (knee).

Pelicans Injuries: Trevon Bluiett: out (thumb), E’Twaun Moore: out (quad), Jrue Holiday: out (abdominal strain).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.