A pair of conference rivals face off tonight as the Magic (17-24, 10-11 home) host the Celtics (25-16, 10-11 away) at 7:00 p.m. EST at Amway Center.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they clashed on October 22nd, 2018, Orlando won 93-90 behind 24 points from Nikola Vucevic.
The Celtics began the day as 6.5-point favorites for this match up, with an over/under total of 213. That’s a big spread, so you may want to think twice if you’re thinking of betting on the Celtics. Boston is 22-19-0 against the spread this season and 26-15-0 over/under. Orlando, meanwhile, is 20-21-0 ATS and 16-25-0 over/under.
Boston enters the game ranked third in the league in defensive rating. They’re giving up 105.6 points per game and are holding opposing teams to 46.0% from the floor and 33.0% from beyond the arc. Offensively, they’re averaging 112.2 points and are 16th in rebounds and sixth in assists.
On the flip side, Orlando ranks 27th in offensive rating. The Magic are averaging 103.0 points per game on 42.0% shooting and are 24th in rebounds and 15th in assists. Defensively, they’re giving up 107.2 points per game and are 18th in field goals allowed and 30th in three-pointers allowed.
Both teams have been active lately. The Magic are fresh off of a 106-93 loss against the Jazz in Utah in which they were 13 for 33 from deep were out-rebounded 53-48.
The Celtics, meanwhile, are fresh off a 99-115 loss against the Heat in Miami in which they dished out 20 assists and scratched and clawed their way to five swipes. Kyrie Irving led the way with 22 points.
All told, the Celtics have won seven of their previous ten games and are fifth in the Eastern Conference, while the Magic have dropped seven of their last ten and are 10th in the Eastern Conference.