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Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic Odds
The Magic will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Celtics at Amway Center in NBA wagering action.
Orlando battles the Celtics, currently with a 7-6 mark (4-7-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 4-7-1 for the Magic and 8-4-1 for the Celtics. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Magic as 4.5-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 187.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Magic - Celtics odds would favor the Magic if the lines were set according to power ranks. Orlando is rated No. 26 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Celtics sit at No. 28. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 94-92 win for the Celtics.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Orlando's No. 29-ranked offense, averaging 90.2 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 20 at 99.3 PPG. The Magic field goal percentage has averaged 43.7% so far, less than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 48.1% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's No. 17-rated mark, allowing 99.7 points per game when playing on the road. Orlando, on the other hand, rates No. 23 in scoring on their home court.
Last time out for Boston, they were a 108-100 winner as they battled the Thunder at home. The Celtics covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog, while 208 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Thunder were burned for 27 points by Paul Pierce on Friday as the Celtics picked up a 108-100 win at TD Garden.
Last time out for Orlando, they were a 108-104 winner as they battled the Cavaliers at home. The Magic failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite, while 212 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Orlando earned a 108-104 victory over Cleveland on Friday, getting 22 points from Jameer Nelson at Amway Center.
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Brooklyn are 8-2
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 7-3
After playing Cleveland are 9-1
After a win are 4-6
A few Celtics at Magic trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Boston's last 17 games when playing on the road against Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Boston's last 20 games when playing Orlando
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Orlando's last 17 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Orlando's last 20 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Orlando's last 9 games
Orlando is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Boston home to Brooklyn, Wednesday, November 28
Orlando home to San Antonio, Wednesday, November 28