The Boston Celtics (12-3) travel to face off against the Orlando Magic (10-5) on Friday, November 24th. This game will be played at Amway Center in Amway Center and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 2:30 ET.
Celtics vs Magic
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
The Celtics notched a win against the Bucks in their most recent game, concluding with a score of 119-116. The Celtics were leading the game going into the second half 67-53.
The Celtics will face the Magic bringing in an overall record of 12-3 and a 2-1 record over their previous three games. In road games, the Celtics have a 6-3 record this season, in contrast to their 6-0 record when playing at home.
Boston has an overall ATS record of 6-8 for the season so far. On the road, the Celtics have an ATS record of 2-6 compared to a 4-2 record vs. the spread at home.
The Magic Are Coming Off A Win
In the Magic’s most recent game against the Nuggets, Franz Wagner led the Magic with 27 points while going 11/18 from the field. Paolo Banchero also contributed 23 points as the Magic won by a score of 124-119 vs. the Nuggets.
Today’s matchup sees the Magic seeking to extend their current five game winning streak, with an overall record standing at 10-5. At this time, the team’s rank is 2nd in the Eastern Conference, and they are also 1st in the Southeast division.
The Magic have covered the spread successfully in their previous five games and maintain an overall ATS record of 12-3. Orlando has covered the spread in three consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 6-2 on the road as opposed to 6-1 at home.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Boston is averaging 117.3 points per contest. This figure places them 8th in the league. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Celtics are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.1 per contest. A key reason behind the team’s overall offensive success is their ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Despite their slow style of play, their 3-point shooting percentage of 36% has help make up for fewer opportunites.
Magic Offense Breakdown
In 15 games games, Orlando has an average of 111.5 points per game (21st). Coming into today’s game, the Magic will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.2 made 3’s per game. If the Orlando offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 14.8 turnovers per game.
Celtics Team Defense
At this time, the Celtics’ defense is positioned 4th in the NBA, permitting 107.2 points per game.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Celtics are forcing 12.6 per game, which is 8th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 10th in blocked shots at 5.6 per game.
Magic Team Defense
The Magic’s defense is presently ranked 5th in the league, allowing an average of 107.5 points per contest.
The Orlando defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.8% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 46.7% of their field goal attempts vs. Orlando.
Key Players For The Celtics And Magic
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Jayson Tatum is set to be the main scorer for the Celtics, recording 17 points and shooting 6/13 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 27.9 points per game, along with 9.1 rebounds.
As for Orlando, Franz Wagner is projected to be the primary scorer for the Magic. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 14, and adding 4 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 43.4%, and he is contributing 19 points per game on average.
Celtics vs Magic Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Celtics have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 109 points per game in these contests.
- Although Orlando has a straight up record of 5-5 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 6-4. The team averaged 104 points per game in these games.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Magic have a straight up record of 6-4 and an ATS mark of 7-3.
- Against the spread, the Celtics have put together 0-3 in their last three games as the betting favorite. In these same games, they went 2-1 straight up.
We’re calling a win for the Celtics, with a final score of 112-106, and we’re taking them to cover the spread. Our recommendation is to bet on the Celtics at -5.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 223 and given that our model is projecting 218 points between the teams, we like the under.
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