The Orlando Magic (16-8) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (19-5) on Sunday, December 17th. This game will be played at TD Garden. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Magic are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Magic. Tip-off is set for 3:00 ET.
Magic vs Celtics
The Magic Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Orlando’s most recently played the Celtics and lost with a final score of 128-111. Alonside their straight-up loss, the Magic failed to cover the spread as +5 point underdogs. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 225.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
When looking at their overall record of 16-8, the Magic have gone 2-1 in their last three games. On the road, the Magic are 5-6 compared to their 11-2 record at home.
Currently, Orlando holds an above .500 ATS record of 17-7 so far this year. In their two most recent home games, Orlando has covered the spread and they are 11-2 ATS at home compared to 6-5 on the road.
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
In their last game, the Celtics defeated the Magic with a final score of 128-111. The Celtics were leading the game going into the second half 64-51.
The Celtics have gone 8-2 in their last ten games and have an overall record of 19-5. When playing on the road, the Celtics are 6-5 compared to 13-0 at home.
Boston comes in with an overall ATS record of 10-12 so far this season. On the road, the Celtics have an ATS record of 2-8 compared to a 8-4 record vs. the spread at home.
Magic Offense Breakdown
In 24 games games, Orlando has an average of 113.9 points per game (18th). In terms of pace, the Magic are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 99.4 possessions per game. The team has not only adopted an up-tempo pace but has also integrated this style with one of the NBA’s top field goal percentages, currently at 47%.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Celtics are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 117.8 points per game (7th). The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.7 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 17.3 made free-throws per game.
Magic Team Defense
Currently, the Magic’s defense holds the 4th rank in the NBA, allowing 109.7 points per game.
Inside the arc, the Magic defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.0% and 35.7% from three-point territory.
Celtics Team Defense
At present, the Celtics’ defense is ranked 3rd, allowing 109.0 points per game.
Inside the arc, the Celtics defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 50.3% and 36.7% from three-point territory.
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 15 points while maintaining a 6/11 shooting accuracy. During this season, he is delivering an average of 20.5 points per game, along with 5.7 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Jayson Tatum as the leading scorer for the Celtics. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 18 while also collecting 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 48.7%, and he is contributing 27.5 points per game on average.
Magic vs Celtics Trends
- Through their last five road contests, the Magic offense has averaged 110 points per game while allowing an average of 118. Orlando posted an overall record of 2-3 while going 2-3 ATS.
- Through their last ten home games, Boston has an ATS record of just 2-7-1. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 111 points per game.
- The last five games that Orlando was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 2-3 while going 2-3 straight up.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Celtics have a straight up record of 8-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 4-5-1.
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Celtics vs. Celtics game, our recommendation is to take the Magic at +8. Despite our model showing the Celtics winning 112-107, we like Magic as our point-spread pick.
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.
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