Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic - 8/9/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Orlando Magic (32-38) at Boston Celtics (46-23)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm (ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena)
The Line: Boston Celtics -6.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in NBA action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena.
The Orlando Magic could use a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Orlando Magic are averaging 106.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 107.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Nikola Vucevic is averaging 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds while Evan Fournier is averaging 18.5 points and 2.6 rebounds. Terrence Ross is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Gordon is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Orlando Magic are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Orlando Magic are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game.
The Boston Celtics look for a win here after splitting their last 14 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 113.8 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.3 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.3 points and seven rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 20.8 points and 4.8 assists. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game.
The Magic are 5-13-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Boston. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Boston. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Orlando Magic could possibly be running out of gas before the playoffs, as they've lost three straight games, are struggling to score and now have a banged up Aaron Gordon on top of Jonathan Issac being out for the season. The Celtics are coming off a confidence boosting blowout win over the Raptors and have done a good job for the most part of beating up on the teams they're supposed to beat up on. As long as the Celtics take this game seriously and don't rest guys before a victory is in the cards, they should roll.
I'll lay the reasonable chalk with the shamrocks.