Orlando Magic vs Boston Celtics betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game at Amway Center. Jayson Tatum and the Celtics look to win their 10th game in a row as they travel to face an Orlando team that’s beaten them twice in 3 meetings this season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
The Magic have a chance to do something that not a lot of teams have done so far this season and that is to win the regular season series against the defending Eastern Conference champions. Orlando won the last 2 meetings played in mid-December, they were double-digit underdogs before each game started, but were still able to pull off the upset.
Tonight’s spread is a little shorter at just 7.5 points, so maybe they can pull off another upset? Their recent form hasn’t been all that impressive, over the last 12 games they’ve won just 4 and in the head-to-head meetings with the Celtics at Amway Center they’ve lost 5 straight. Their injury situation is also better than the Celtics’ with R.J. Hampton being cleared to play and Jonathan Isaac expected to make his season debut following a knee injury.
Marcus Smart, Malcolm Brogdon and Robert Williams III could all miss tonight’s game with injuries. Jayson Tatum is also bothered by a wrist injury, but he has been able to play through it which in large helped the Celtics win 9 games in a row. With his backcourt mate Jaylen Brown also being healthy and available, the Celtics have a really solid chance to push the streak to double-digits vs a team they’ve beaten 10 times in the last 12 meetings.
Boston ranks 7th in defensive efficiency and 2nd in offensive efficiency, being one of the rare NBA teams ranking in top 10 in both categories. In their last 4 games they’ve knocked down 16, 13, 20 and 19 threes, so the Magic could be in trouble here.
Until the Celtics get beat by someone I think it would be smart to back them to continue winning. They’ve slipped up a couple of times vs Orlando this season, but overall they have still owned them in 10 of the last 12 meetings. Give me the Celtics as road favorites here.
Orlando Magic vs Boston Celtics Predictions & Odds
I’ve mentioned the three-point barrage the Celtics have been putting up lately, that’s really bad news for the Magic who are allowing 38% of made threes over their last 3 games. A faster tempo would favor the Celtics here, Orlando has a defensive rating of 120.8 in home losses this season. The total has gone over in 6 of their last 7 games at Amway Center and in 12 of their last 18 overall.
We also just witnessed a fairly mediocre Washington side put up 138 points on this team, you can only imagine what will a Tatum/Brown led Celtics offense do to them here. The last time these two teams met at Amway Center we saw 246 points scored, we only need 230 to surpass tonight’s projected total which is very doable in my opinion. With 2 of the 3 most recent meetings cashing on the over, I think that should be the bet in tonight’s game as well. Back the points.