Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic

The Magic are down 1-0 in the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics and they are still pretty big favorites tonight at home, where they have not lost two consecutive games all season.

Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic

Bovada has the Magic as 7.5 point favorites in tonight’s game with a total of 188.5.

Boston won Game 1 in Orlando, as the Celtics built a 20-point lead in the third quarter and even though the Magic out-scored the Celtics 30-18 in the final period they still lost by four points.

The Celtics won Game 1 on Sunday afternoon 92-88.

This season Orlando was 34-7 at home and 44-33-5 ATS and Boston was 26-15 on the road and 32-48-2 ATS.

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The Celtics got back to their bread and butter in Game 1 playing great defense holding the Magic to 41.6% shooting.

The Celtics swarmed Dwight Howard in Game 1 and Superman only had 13 points on 3/13 shooting and even though he grabbed 12 boards he also committed seven turnovers.

The Magic need to shoot the rock better tonight, especially from the outside. In Game 1 Jameer Neslon did have 20 points, but only shot 8/18 and 2/7 from 3-point land. Rashard Lewis had a terrible Game 1 only scoring six points on 2/10 shooting. These two need to hit their outside J’s so it will extend the Celtics’ defense and Howard will have space to operate in the paint.

Orlando also has to play better perimeter defense tonight, as in Game 1 Ray Allen and Paul Pierce combined to score 47 points on 14/24 shooting and the 2 of the Big 3 also hit four of eight of their 3-pointers.

The Celtics showed more muscle and hustled more than the Magic is Game 1 and Orlando has to change that tonight or they will be heading back to Boston down 2-0 in their series.

Orlando committed 18 turnovers in Game 1 and they have to cut down on that total tonight and hold onto the rock.

Boston is 4-0 ATS in their last four games and Orlando is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games.

In the last nine games between Orlando and Boston the total has gone Under eight times.

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