Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic Pick, Prediction, and Odds
In probably what will be one of the biggest match-ups of the late part of the season between two of the NBA Playoff teams this year, the Orlando Magic will head on the road to take on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night, April 18th. The reason why this match-up is so huge is mainly because of how close these two teams are in the NBA's Eastern Conference playoff race. Through Wednesday the 11th, the two teams actually have the exact same record of 34-24, and find themselves in a tie for the 4th seed, but could drop all the way to the sixth seed if they stumble up before the end of the season comes.
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The Celtics and Magic have been interesting teams to watch this year, but one team is definitely getting hot at the right time. This is of course the Boston Celtics, as they've won four straight games to remain in the midst of a potential home court advantage situation for the first round of the playoffs. The Celtics definitely have a talented roster that includes Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Brandon Bass, but the biggest question for them is how well they will hold up, as most of them are older and could be fatigued in this shorter season. The Magic on the other hand will always rely heavily on Dwight Howard inside, but also have solid weapons in Ryan Anderson, Jason Richardson, and Jameer Nelson as well.
Tip off for this game is set for 8:00pm EST, and the game will be played on ESPN on Wednesday night.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Boston Celtics: -130
- Orlando Magic: +110
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It's tough not to like the Boston Celtics on their home floor this late in the season. They have some solid closers all around, and also have one of the best passing point guards in the league in Rajon Rondo. This season the Celtics are 21-9 at home, which means that seeing anyone beat them there doesn't happen incredibly often. I think that the combination of this game falling in the late season and the Celtics being an excellent late season team, mixed with how banged up the Magic are right now will equal out to a Boston Celtics win at the end of the day. Let's go with the Celtics by six.
Prediction: Boston Celtics- 95 Orlando Magic- 89
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Expect the Celtics to be favored on their home court here, and if they only end up laying a few points then I'll be jumping all over them. I love the one-two punch of Rondo and Pierce late in the season and I think that they have the potential to make some noise this post season as well!
Pick: Boston Celtics -130