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Magic face uphill battle vs surging Celtics

Orlando may be home to the most magical place on earth but the Magic will need a trick up their sleeve when they host the Boston Celtics tonight. The Celtics have been on a seven-game tear after dropping their first two games, going 7-0 SU and ATS in their last seven contests and opened as -3 favorites over the Magic.

SHARK BITES
  • Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 5 against Orlando.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando’s last 5 games.
  • Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 road games.

The Celtics’ pre-season hype-train almost got derailed after a gruesome injury to newly-acquired Gordon Hayward. Losing an all-star typically sets teams back but Boston keeps chugging along. The young guns of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have been exceptional complimentary pieces to head coach Brad Stevens’ offense. All five of the Celtics’ starters average double-digit points this season. This game at Amway Center could be another stepping-stone to showing why Boston could win the top-seed in East for a second year in a row. 

Orlando might be the biggest surprise in the NBA this season. The Magic are 6-3 SU and 5-4 ATS overall and experts who predicted this fast start for Orlando must be reveling in their prediction glory. Forward Aaron Gordon has made huge strides this off-season, averaging 19.3 points per game and an eye-popping 58% from three-point range on four attempts per game. Those numbers won’t be sustainable but it’s one of the main reasons why Orlando cannot be dismissed like in past years. Opening at +3 (-110), it could be a sneaky wager for bettors looking to cash-in on Orlando’s ride to the top of the East.

The total is hovering around 207.5 (depending on which sportsbook you shop) and trends are pointing towards an UNDER in this matchup. In Boston’s last five games, the total has gone UNDER in each of them. On the flipside, the UNDER has come through for bettors in two of Orlando’s four games at home this season. Finally, Boston’s defense is not to be ignored as they currently rank first in the NBA in points allowed this year, at 93.78.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Boston Celtics betting line opened this morning as -3-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including Bovada), while the total was hovering around 207.5 at BetOnline and other betting odds shops.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 108-95 win for the Celtics. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Boston Celtics have seen them go 7-2 and 8-1 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Orlando Magic are at 6-3 and 5-4 ATS. In Over/Under totals betting, the Magic are 4-5, while the Boston Celtics are 3-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Orlando vs Boston injuries news.

The Odds Shark betting Power Rankings have the Orlando Magic at No. 15 and the Boston Celtics at No. 4 heading into this NBA contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Orlando's No. 4-ranked offense averaging 111.33 PPG, against a Boston Celtics defense that ranks No. 1 at 93.78 PPG. The Orlando Magic field goal percentage has averaged 48.01% so far, more than the Boston Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 44.21% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Celtics got 25 points from Kyrie Irving as Boston ran past Oklahoma City 101-94 on Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Orlando was crushed on Friday, getting run out of the gym by Chicago and falling 105-83 at Amway Center.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games
  • Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Orlando is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Orlando's last 5 games
  • Orlando is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Orlando's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at Atlanta, Monday, November 6th
Orlando home to New York, Wednesday, November 8th

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