Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic - 1/29/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Orlando Magic (20-24) at Boston Celtics (26-21)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -8 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics play host to the Orlando Magic tonight at the TD Garden.
The Magic will be looking to avoid an eighth straight loss tonight after falling to the Bucks by 107-100 on Tuesday. Victor Oladipo led the scoring with 18 points, Nikola Vucevic added 16 points while Evan Fournier had 15 as the Magic blew a 16-point lead to sink further in the rankings. Orlando has now won just one of their last 12 games to fall to 20-24 on the season which is good enough for 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Celtics currently sit at fifth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 26-21 and they'll be looking for a fifth straight win tonight after beating the Nuggets by 111-103 on Wednesday. Avery Bradley led the scoring with 27 points, Kelly Olynyk had 17 points while Isaiah Thomas chipped in with 16 as the Celtics forced the Nuggets into a total of 20 turnovers which was the difference in a close contest. With the win, Boston improves to 13-10 at home where they've won their last four.
In ATS trends, the Magic are 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a road record below .400 and 5-1 ATS in their last six against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the Magic are 5-11-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall and 9-23-1 ATS in the last 33 meetings in Boston.
I was going through this matchup, looking for a reason to back against the Celtics but they've dominated the Magic ATS in recent meetings and I can't see that trend changing tonight as the Celtics have really started to heat up and should have no problem against a Magic team struggling like this.