Expect a defensive struggle when the Boston Celtics (29-14) and Orlando Magic (21-24) battle at Amway Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, January 24, 2020.
Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic Odds Preview
The Celtics had no trouble getting past the Memphis Grizzlies in their last matchup, 119-95, easily covering as 7-point favorites. Jayson Tatum was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting. Boston played a perfect game. They had an absurdly low turnover percentage of 8.4 (better than their season average of 11.5) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.5 (below their season average of 23.9). For those same stats, Memphis recorded marks of 14.9 and 12.5, respectively. The two teams combined to score 214 points, which finished well under the projected point total of 233.5.
The last time the Magic took the court, they were 2.5-point favorites and fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 120-114. With 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic put together a solid game. Oklahoma City did a great job of converting from the free throw line (19-23; 82.6 percent). Orlando, meanwhile, held the Thunder to an offensive rebounding percentage of 0.0 (below their season average of 19.9). The two squads combined to put up 234 points, which finished well over the O/U total of 210.5.
The ineffective offense of Orlando will face off against the stingy defense of Boston. The Magic currently rank 24th in offensive efficiency, while the Celtics are fifth in defensive efficiency. The Celtics should have the advantage on that side of the ball.
Of Boston’s 43 games, 22 have finished under the O/U total, while 25 of Orlando’s 45 games have finished under the O/U total. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Celtics have a sizable advantage. They are 29-14 SU and 25-17-1 ATS, while the Magic are 21-24 SU and 21-20-4 ATS.
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year. The Magic won all three games played against each other last season. In the most recent game, Orlando won 116-108. Orlando did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (22-22; 100.0 percent). Boston, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.539 vs. 0.522).
Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic ATS Prediction
Free NBA Tip: SU Winner – Celtics, ATS Winner – Celtics, O/U – Over
Orlando ranks second in second chance points allowed per game (11.5) while Boston ranks eighth (12.3).
Boston ranks sixth in fast break points per game (15.4) while Orlando ranks ninth in fast break points allowed per game (12.3).
Orlando is 9-11-2 ATS at home, while Boston is 12-7-1 ATS on the road.
Orlando is 2-3 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Over its last five games, Boston is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Magic’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.6, up from 0.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Celtics have scored an average of 120.6 points per game (8.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 113.8 points per game (8.4 above their season average).