Magic underdogs in Game 4
Tonight could be it for the Orlando Magic. Down 3-0 to the Boston Celtics, the Magic need a win to avoid elimination from the postseason. Boston has totally dominated the series so far while winning the first three games.
With the series heading to Orlando for Game 3 the Magic were supposed to get back in the series with a victory. Instead, they played their worst game of the series in a blowout win by the Celtics. Boston won Game 3 94-71 as a 3.5-point favorite at Bovada.
The young guns paced the Celtics’ offense as Glen Davis netted a game-high 17 points and Rajon Rondo added 11 points, 12 assists, and four steals. Paul Pierce delivered 15 points and nine rebounds, and Ray Allen continued his strong series with 14 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
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The Magic’s big gun all fired blanks in an abysmal performance in Game 3. Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson each scored 15 points while combining to shoot only 10-of-26. Dwight Howard went from scoring a game-high 30 points in Game 2 to scoring only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with only seven rebounds. Orlando turned the ball over 17 times in the Game 3 loss and failed to execute on a number of shots they usually make with ease.
The Magic were also horrible on the glass with only three offensive rebounds. When you’re shooting as poorly as Orlando has been in the series you can’t afford to be horrible on the glass as well. No team has ever come back from being down 3-0 in the NBA playoffs, but Bostonians can’t feel too comfortable just yet after what happened to their Bruins.
Boston held a 3-0 lead over the Flyers in the NHL playoffs but lost four straight to become only the third team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 lead.
The Celtics are a 7-point home favorite in Game 4. Boston has won three in a row at home and six of their last seven while going 6-1 ATS. Before losing Game 3 the Magic had won their last three games at Boston, and if they can win another one at TD Garden then Game 5 will be played in Orlando on Wednesday night.