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2021 NBA Handicapping
(6-5) Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics (7-3)
Date: Friday, January 15th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Magic +130 | Celtics -165
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
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On Friday, January 15th, the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics for the first time in the 2020-21 campaign.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Celtics sweeping the regular-season series. The Celtics hold the all-time record having won 66 of 117 matches played.
After first-round ousts the last two seasons the Orlando Magic entered the season without their cornerstone Jonathan Isaac who tore his ACL in the Disney bubble.
Yet, Orlando remained confident they could take a step this season. They have roster constancy, a great two-way coach in Steve Clifford, and felt they had enough talent to accomplish their goals.
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They began the season winning their first four games and were on a roll (5-2) when tragedy struck with Markelle Fultz tearing his ACL. The Magic have lost three games in a row since.
Fultz meshed well with and Orlando who had long searched for a young starting point guard seemed to have finally found him. How the team will adapt moving forward is yet to be decided.
In their most recent loss to Milwaukee, Nikola Vucevic led with 28 points and 13 boards while Aaron Gordon (21), Cole Anthony (12), and Dwayne Bacon (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
Michael Carter-Williams (foot) is questionable for Friday. Mo Bamba (illness) is out. Evan Fournier (back spasms), Chuma Okeke (knee), and Al-Farouq Aminu (knee) are out indefinitely while Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz are lost for the season.
Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams tested positive for COVID-19 requiring numerous team members to be quarantined. At the time the Celtics were on a four-game win streak and had won six of their last seven games.
That was a week ago and Boston hasn’t played since with games against the Heat, Bulls, and tonight’s opponent the Magic all postponed.
Tatum had arguably been playing the best basketball of his young career averaging 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals, and is shooting 43.8 percent from the perimeter on eight attempts per game.
Nine players are dealing with health and safety protocols. Two are probable – Grant Williams and Tristan Thompson, five are questionable including Daniel Theis, Semi Ojeleye, Javonte Green, Jaylen Brown, and Robert Williams and two are out – Carsen Edwards and Jayson Tatum.
Kemba Walker (knee) and Romeo Langford (wrist) are also out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- ORL are 13-5-1 ATS in their last 19 road games.
- Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Boston.
- Road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
With the week off and several core members out, it’s hard to know what the Celtics will be able to bring to the court. On one hand, they could be refreshed and sharp.
On the other hand, they could look disjointed with lineups consisting of players who don’t typically play together.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Magic +3.5
One player we know will play is Nikola Vucevic which gives the Magic a big edge, especially if both Brown and Tatum can’t go. To wit, it’s a bit surprising the Celts are favored when nine are listed on the injury report including their two best players.
If the Magic stick to their defensive identity I like them to win.
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