New Orleans Pelicans (26-19, fourth in the Western Conference) vs. Orlando Magic (16-28, 13th in the Eastern Conference), Orlando, Florida; Friday, 6 p.m. CST
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Orlando Magic host the New Orleans Pelicans in out-of-conference play. The teams match up Friday for the first time this season.
Orlando is 10-12 at home, and New Orleans is 9-13 on the road.
The Magic are 10-12 in home games. Orlando has a 7-13 record in games decided by at least 10 points.
The Pelicans have gone 9-13 away from home. New Orleans is 11-17 against opponents with a winning record.
TOP PERFORMERS: Franz Wagner averages 1.7 made 3-pointers per game for the Magic, scoring 20.3 points while shooting 35.8% from beyond the arc. Paolo Banchero is shooting 42.0% and averaging 20.5 points over the past 10 games for Orlando.
CJ McCollum is scoring 21.3 points per game with 4.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists for the Pelicans. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds over the past 10 games for New Orleans.
LAST 10 GAMES: Magic: 3-7, averaging 111.1 points, 40.6 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 8.2 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.1 points per game.
Pelicans: 3-7, averaging 111.3 points, 43.2 rebounds, 23.7 assists, 7.1 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 116.3 points.
INJURIES: Magic: Jonathan Isaac: out (knee), Chuma Okeke: out (knee).
Pelicans: E.J. Liddell: out (right knee), Zion Williamson: out (hamstring), Herbert Jones: out (back), Brandon Ingram: out (toe).