Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics - 1/31/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (27-21) at Orlando Magic (20-25)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Amway Center)
The Line: Orlando Magic +4.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics invade the Amway Center on Sunday night to take on the Orlando Magic.
The Celtics will be looking to build on their current five-game win streak after making light work of the Magic in a 113-94 win on Friday. Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart led the scoring with 16 points each while Evan Turner and Jae Crowder chipped in with 15 points each as the Celtics dominated the Magic to keep their winning momentum alive. Boston have now won three of their last five games by double digits to improve to 27-21 on the season and 14-10 at home.
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Meanwhile, the Magic have lost 12 of their last 13 games and their last eight straight after Friday's 113-94 road loss to the Celtics. Nikola Vucevic led six players in double figures with 14 points while Shabazz Napier added 13 points off the bench, but the Magic shot just 40 percent from the field while allowing the Celtics to shoot 50 percent from the field and 10 of 24 from the 3-point line. With the loss, Orlando falls to 20-25 on the season and 8-14 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, while the Magic are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last six home games.
Head to head, the Celtics are 12-5-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings overall but 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Orlando.
The Magic had trouble containing the Celtics on Friday and I'm expecting more of the same as the Celtics really need these easy wins to continue their climb up the Eastern Conference rankings.