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Magic vs Celtics NBA odds preview

Boston looks to cover the Celtics-Magic pointspread on Wednesday and improve its overall 36-26 mark when they host Orlando in NBA action.

Boston lost last night against the Knicks and the aging Celtics may be a good fade bet here on no rest. The Celts have won and covered all three meetings this year.

Watch for the status of Dwight Howard who was inactive last time out for the Magic.

The Celtics are 36-26 so far on the season, and 31-30-1 ATS vs. the number. The Magic, meanwhile, are 36-25 and 32-29 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 27-35 and the Magic go 32-28-1 on the totals.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Celtics - Magic odds would favor the Magic if the lines were set according to power ranks. Boston is rated No. 16 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Magic sit at No. 11. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 95-94 win for the Celtics.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 26-ranked offense, averaging 92 PPG, against a Magic defense that ranks No. 4 at 92.8 PPG. The Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 46% so far, more than the Magic shooters have achieved on the year, 44.3% per game.

Defensively, the Magic feature the league's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 92.9 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 in the league in scoring at home.

Orlando was a 113-100 winner in its last match at home against the 76ers. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 213 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Ryan Anderson scored 26 points and chipped in with 16 rebounds for Orlando on Monday, leading the Magic to a 113-100 victory over Philadelphia at Amway Center.

The Celtics were a 118-110 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Knicks. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (228) made winners of OVER bettors. Paul Pierce chucked in 43 points for Boston on Tuesday, but they still came up short in losing 118-110 at Madison Square Garden.

Orlando Magic Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 7-3
After playing New York are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3


A few Magic at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Orlando's last 10 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Orlando's last 19 games when playing Boston
Orlando is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Orlando's last 12 games
Boston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games at home
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Orlando
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Orlando

Next up:
Orlando at Utah, Saturday, April 21
Boston at Atlanta, Friday, April 20