The Orlando Magic will take on the Boston Celtics at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Arena. Boston is 46-23 overall, while Orlando enters Sunday's matchup with a 32-38 record. The Celtics currently occupy the third playoff slot in the Eastern Conference. The Magic, meanwhile, sit in the eighth and final playoff spot, 1.5-games behind the Nets in the East.
The Magic are 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games, while the Celtics are 9-4 in their last 13 meetings against Orlando. Accordingly, Boston is favored by nine-points in the latest Celtics vs. Magic odds from William Hill, and the over-under is 221.5. Before entering any Magic vs. Celtics picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.
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- Celtics vs. Magic spread: Celtics -9
- Celtics vs. Magic over-under: 221.5 points
- Celtics vs. Magic money line: Boston -440, Orlando +360
What you need to know about the Celtics
The Celtics made easy work of the Toronto Raptors on Friday and carried off a 122-100 victory. The contest was all but wrapped up at the end of the third, by which point Boston had established a 91-57 advantage. Shooting guard Jaylen Brown (20 points) and power forward Jayson Tatum (18 points) were the top scorers for Boston. For the season, Brown is averaging 20.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, while Tatum is contributing 23.3 points, seven rebounds and three assists per outing.
Boston enters Sunday's matchup averaging 113.8 points per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. In their last meeting against Orlando, the Celtics secured a 116-100 victory as 5.5-point favorites.
What you need to know about the Magic
Orlando came up short against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, falling 108-101. Shooting guard Terrence Ross had a pretty forgettable game, playing for 26 minutes but putting up zero points on 0-for-10 shooting. Despite their most recent setback, the Magic will look to rely on their defense on Sunday to slow Boston's explosive offense. Orlando is allowing an average of 107.8 points per game this season, which ranks sixth in the NBA.
Offensively, the Magic are led by Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier. Vucevic leads the Magic in both points (19.6) and rebounds (10.9) per game, while Fournier averages 18.5 points and 3.2 assists per game. Fournier led the Magic with 26 points in the last meeting between these two teams, and Vucevic finished with a double-double on 12 points and 10 rebounds.
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