Jack's Free Pick Thursday!
Boston vs. Orlando,
01/26/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 91 - 83
Point Spread: -9½/-108 Orlando
The Orlando Magic want serious payback tonight. I believe they go out and get it against the banged-up Boston Celtics. Orlando suffered their worst loss of the season just a few nights ago on January 23rd, falling 56-87 at Boston. You can bet the Magic will be hungry for revenge at home tonight.
Aside from that blip, the Magic have been one of the most impressive teams in the league this season. Orlando is off to a 12-5 start while covering the spread in 10 of their 17 games. They are 6-2 at home this season, giving up a mere 88.1 points/game on 41.9 percent shooting.
Boston has looked horrible aside from their win over the Magic. The Celtics are just 7-9 on the season with just one win against a team with a winning record. They are scoring just 89.4 points/game this season as their offense just cannot seem to get on track.
The Celtics will certainly struggle offensively tonight without two of their best players. Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen are each expected to sit out tonigt. Plus, Jermaine O'Neal is listed as doubtful with a knee injury. Boston stands little chance of keeping this game close without these three players on the floor.
Boston is 8-28 ATS in their last 36 after a win by 10 points or more. Worse yet, the Celtics are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 after a blowout win by 20 points or more. Boston is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Bet the Magic Thursday.