The Orlando Magic (16-7) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (18-5) on Friday, December 15th. This game will be played at TD Garden. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Magic vs Celtics
The Magic Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Magic bested the Cavaliers with a score of 104-94. The Magic managed to secure te win, even though they were behind at halftime 54-51.
Coming into their matchup against the Celtics, the Magic have an overall record of 16-7 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, the Magic are in 3rd place and are 1st in the Southeast division.
Orlando comes in with an overall ATS record of 17-6 so far this season. In their two most recent home games, Orlando has covered the spread and they are 11-2 ATS at home compared to 6-4 on the road.
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
Jayson Tatum scored 27 for Boston against the Cavaliers which was the most on the team. His field goal percentage for the game was 50.6%. Jaylen Brown also added 22 points as the Celtics won the game by a score of 116-107.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Magic, the Celtics are 18-5 overall and have gone 7-3 in their last ten games. As it stands, they are in 1st place in both the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic division.
Boston currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 9-12 at this point. Boston has struggled to cover the spread in their last five road games and has an ATS record of 2-8 on the road, while it is 7-4 at home.
Magic Offense Breakdown
This season, the Orlando offense is ranked 16th in the NBA in scoring at 114 points per game. So far, the Magic are averaging 99.4 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 17th in made shots per game.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Boston offense is the 7th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.3 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Celtics are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98 per contest. Their slower style of play has created fewer offensive opportunities, leading to them being ranked 13th in fields goals made per contest.
Magic Team Defense
Currently, the Magic’s defense holds the 3rd rank in the NBA, allowing 108.9 points per game.
Opponents are hitting 53.7% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 35.4% of their three-point attempts.
Celtics Team Defense
So far, the Celtics’ defense is ranked 4th in the league at 108.9 points per contest.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Celtics squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 50.2% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 36.6% from downtown.
Key Players For The Magic And Celtics
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Franz Wagner as the primary point contributor for the Magic, finishing with 16 points while maintaining a 6/11 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 20.6 points per game, along with 5.7 rebounds.
As for Boston, Jayson Tatum is projected to be the primary scorer for the Celtics. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 18, and adding 5 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 48.7%, and his scoring average is 27.3 points per game.
Magic vs Celtics Trends
- Through their last three road contests, the Magic offense has averaged 113 points per game while allowing an average of 122. Orlando posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.
- Although Boston has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 0-3. The team averaged 108 points per game in these games.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Orlando has an ATS mark of 7-3 while going 6-4 straight up.
- Across their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Celtics have an overall record of 3-0 while going 1-1-1 against the spread.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Celtics vs. Celtics game, our recommendation is to take the Magic at +5.5. Despite our model showing the Celtics winning 112-107, we like Magic as our point-spread pick.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 223, and our model predicts the Magic and Celtics to score a combined 219 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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