Celtics (34-31,13-18 road) at Magic (21-44, 11-23)
- Time: 4PM PST – 6PM CST – 7PM EST
- Place: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
- TV: NBC Sports Boston | Bally Sports Florida | NBA League Pass
Although the Boston Celtics gave been one of the most inconsistent teams in the NBA, they’re on the verge of leaving the 7-seed and they play-in scenario as they are 0.5 games back of 6-seed Miami and 1.5 back of Atlanta, who sits at 5th.
Portland downed the Celtics, 129-119, on Sunday after Boston had won two in a row from Charlotte and San Antonio. The C’s are 3-5 over their last eight games an are looking to start a string with the playoffs around the corner.
The Magic have won three of their last four with an upset over Memphis sandwiched between wins over Cleveland and Detroit.
Boston has taken 11 of the last 16 meetings with the Magic and 26 of the last 35.
- Boston Celtics – Jaylen Brown (ankle) – OUT; Tristan Thompson (Pectoral strain) – Questionable
- Orlando Magic – Terrence Ross (back), Michael Carter-Williams (ankle), Otto Porter, Jr. (foot), James Ennis, III (calf), Chuma Okeke (foot) – OUT
Vs. The Spread
Celtics (31-34, ATS):
- Boston is 1-5 ATS in it’s last 6 games
- The OVER has been the play in the last 5 Celtics games
- The C’s are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games
Magic (31-32-2, ATS):
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Orlando’s last 7 games
- The OVER has been the play in 4 of the last 6 Magic-Celtics matchups
- However, the total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Magic’s last 5 home outings vs. Boston
Last Time Out
The Celtics fell to the Blazers, 129-119, on Sunday despite 33 points from Jayson Tatum. Evan Fournier scored 21 points while Jaylen Brown had 16 points and 10 boards. Defensively, the Celtics had no answers as Portland shot 52 percent from the field.
It was Mo Bamba’s best game in his brief NBA career as he scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Magic in their 109-102 win at Detroit. Orlando had seven players in double figures as Chiasson Randle scored 18 and R.J. Hampton added 16. The Magic shot 51.6 percent from the field while making 10-of=23 threes as the team recorded 27 assists.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Celtics||-11 (-110)||-700||O 218.5 (-110)|
|Magic||+11 (-110)||+500||U 218.5 (-110)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
The Celtics’ mentality is where the questions may lie in this game as Boston needs execution and continuity from game to game. The C’s are at their best when the threes are dropping, but they need more of an inside presence as they shoot 53 percent from two (17th/NBA) and they. Only score 46.2 points in the paint (19th/NBA) while their opponents only get 44.4 in the paint per game (6th/NBA).
Memphis ravaged them inside for 80 in late March. With a small lineup that could include former Oregon star Payton Pritchard, the Celtics can play small ball while getting to the rim behind Kemba Walker (5.0 apg) and Marcus Smart (5.7 apg). This usually opens up the perimeter for Tatum, who went for 60 points last Friday when the Celtics came from 32 down to beat the Spurs, 143-140 in overtime.
Key Celtics Stat:
Tatum (26.7 ppg) has averaged 42.7 points in his last three games, which obviously includes the outburst vs. the Spurs. He has clearly the catalyst, but Brown (24.7 ppg) is an excellent complement, although he is out with an injury this evening. Both players get to the line and they maintain most of the paint play for Boston.
Vanderbilt rookie Aaron Nesmith scored 16 in the loss to Portland, but he is learning the game and the system while already stepping up his play. He has averaged 15.7 points and 6.3 rebounds over his last three game while making 19 of 28 shots with eight threes.
The Magic continue to mix and match with injuries prevalent throughout the team and a youthful roster where players are competing for minutes. Continuity therein may be Cole Anthony (12.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.3 apg) and Dwayne Bacon (10.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg) have comprised the backcourt of late as both players are now healthy. Anthony hit the buzzer-beating three. Generally now, Wendell Carter (12.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg) is starting in the pivot while Gary Harris, (11.2 ppg, 39.7%-3) who came over from Denver, has procured a spot on the wing. Chuma Okeke (7.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 apg) was making huge contributions before his ankle injury.
Key Magic Stat:
Orlando has taken care of the basketball overall this season as the Magic average only 12.8 turnovers per game (4th/NBA). Conversely, the Magic are averaging allowing 15.6 points off of 13 opponents’ turnovers per contest.
Moe Wagner’s entry into the Orlando scheme is paying dividends as he went for 24 points in the win over Memphis on Saturday. The franchise signed him for the rest of the season on Tuesday as he will get a legitimate shot to stick after starting three games at center.
Winner: Celtics (-11) 114, Magic 100