The Celtics and Magic are both in first place in their respective divisions. The Celtics are favored by 8 points at Bovada. The game is set to tip off at 3:00 ET at TD Garden in Boston.
Will the Magic Win in Boston?
In their last ten games, the Magic are 7-3 and have an overall record of 16-8 as they get set to face the Celtics. Against Eastern Conference teams, the Magic are 11-5 and are 5-3 in non-conference games.
Orlando is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 17-7. The Magic have three straight ATS losses as the underdog and are 8-1 vs. the spread as the favorite.
In their most recent game, the Magic’s offense tallied 111 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 113.9 points per game. On the offensive front, the Magic have a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, ranking 10th in the NBA. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 25th in terms of percentage and 29th in three-pointers made.
Orlando’s defense has been playing well, ranking 4th in the NBA with 109.7 points allowed per game.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Magic squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 54.0% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 35.7% from downtown.
- Joe Ingles (Questionable) Ankle
- Markelle Fultz (Doubtful) Knee
- Wendell Carter Jr. (Out) Finger
- Kevon Harris (Out) Coach’s Decision
- Jalen Suggs (Questionable) Wrist
Is a Home Win Possible for the Celtics?
With an overall record of 19-5, the Celtics are looking to extend their four game winning streak. In their 24 games, the Celtics have gone 18-4 against Eastern Conference teams and 1-1 in non-conference games.
Boston arrives with an ATS record of 10-12 for the season up to this point. When playing on the road, the Celtics hold an ATS record of 2-8 in contrast to a 8-4 record against the spread when playing at home.
Boston finished with 128 points in their game against the Magic. This total surpasses their season-average of 117.8 points per game. Jayson Tatum is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 27.5. Meanwhile, Jaylen Brown also brings a PPG average of 21.9 into the game.
At this time, the Celtics’ defense is positioned 3rd in the NBA, permitting 109.0 points per game.
The Boston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.7% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 44.9% of their field goal attempts vs. Boston.
- Luke Kornet (Out) Adductor
- Dalano Banton (Questionable) Illness
Magic vs. Celtics Pick
In this Celtics vs. Celtics matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Magic at +8. While we project the Celtics to win 112-107, our recommendation is to bet on the Magic for the point-spread.
Pick: Take the Magic at +8
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 228 and given that our model is projecting 219 points between the teams, we like the under.
Pick: Go Under 228 points (-110)