Magic vs. Celtics - 12/23/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (10-15) at Orlando Magic (10-20)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic -3 -- Over/Under: 199.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, FSFL
The Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic meet Tuesday night at the Amway Center.
The Boston Celtics have split their last six games and end a short two-game road trip. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 104 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 104.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Jeff Green is averaging 19.2 points and 4.5 rebounds while Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds. Avery Bradley is shooting 42.4 percent from the field and Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are one of the better offensive teams in the league, scoring 100-plus points in seven of their last 10 games but it’s going to be interesting how things go without Rajon Rondo around. Despite being just a half game out of the playoffs in the East, the trade was a clear tank move and the lack of defense doesn't help this team either. Things could soon get ugly for the Celtics.
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The Orlando Magic have lost six of their last seven games and are 10 games below .500. On the season, the Magic are averaging 93.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and are allowing 99.3 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Tobias Harris is averaging 18.6 points and 7.4 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 18.3 points and 11.8 rebounds. Elfrid Payton is producing five assists and Evan Fournier is shooting 44.8 percent from the field. The Orlando Magic have shown flashes this season of being a team on the rise but continue to struggle offensively and have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring less than 100 points. What’s most frustrating with the Magic this season is their 3-8 SU record at home, as this team seems to play better when doubted on the road.
The Celtics are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Orlando and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
Are the Orlando Magic actually going to show up at home? This should be a nice win for Orlando against a Celtics team that just lost its star player, but it's hard to trust Orlando in a building they've really stunk it up at. Still, I'm taking a chance with the Magic here given the circumstances.