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Celtics vs. Magic - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Orlando Magic (10-17) at Boston Celtics (8-14)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -3.5 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSFL, CSNN

The Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics play Wednesday night at the TD Garden.

The Orlando Magic have lost five of their last eight games and wrap up their two-game road trip. On the season, the Magic are averaging 93.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 99 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Tobias Harris leads Orlando with 18.5 points and 7.8 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18.3 points and 11.6 rebounds. Victor Oladipo is shooting 47.4 percent from the field and Evan Fournier has 30 points in his last two games. The Orlando Magic are still struggling offensively, scoring less than 100 points in 10 of their last 12 games but are shooting 37.9 percent from deep in their last five. The Magic’s inconsistent ways are what’s keeping them from being a possible playoff team in the East. This will be Orlando’s 18th road game this season, which will be the most of any team in the league.

Celtics vs. Magic - 12/17/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics have split their last eight games and are also struggling with consistency. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 104.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting and are allowing 105.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Jeff Green leads Boston with 19.7 points and 4.5 rebounds while Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.7 points and 8.4 rebounds. Rajon Rondo is averaging 10.6 assists per game and Avery Bradley is shooting 43.4 percent from the field. The Boston Celtics are holding teams to 42.9 percent shooting in their last five games but have still allowed 100-plus points in six of their last 10 contests. The Celtics are averaging nearly 26 assists per game, which are the most in the league but they’re not going to win much until their defense improves.

The Magic are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Celtics are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Magic are 1-6-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

I like the way the Magic have been playing this season, as they have some good, young talent. Both teams are so up-and-down that it's tough to get a good feel for either side. This may be one of those games you skip, but for the sake of the article, give me Orlando and the points. 

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