Orlando Magic (1-2) vs Boston Celtics (2-1)Date : 10/22/2018
Time : 7:30 PM ET
Location : TD Garden
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Orlando Magic vs Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are returning to TD Garden to face the Magic. The Celtics are coming off an impressive win over the Knicks on the road while the Magic have now lost two games in a row after beating the Heat in their season opener. Game tips off at 7:30 PM ET.
Orlando Magic's Latest Performance :
The Magic are coming off a heartbreaking loss against the Phillies. Leading the way for the Magic was Nikola Vucevic he had his second career triple-double with a stat line of 27 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists on the game. It goes to show how talented are the Centers are in today’s game. Evan Fournier ended his shooting slump by hitting six three-pointers on the game and ended the game with 31 points in 34 minutes. Aaron Gordon bounced back offensively from his poor performance Friday night. He scored 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting and grabbed 12 boards it was his third consecutive double-digit rebounding game. Jonathon Simmons rejoins the team after he didn’t play in Phillies because of personal reasons. He will be able to spread the floor and help the Magic with floor spacing which is needed when they are playing against the Celtics. The Magic must do a better job at closing out on the three-point shooters as they allowed 8 threes made by Redick alone.
Player to watch: Nikola Vucevic, he will have to bring his A-game playing against the Celtics in the garden with his basketball IQ he is able to find teammates through cuts and slashing to the rim. If he gets it going offensively in the post that would allow the Celtics to double cause the wing three to be wide open.
Boston Celtics 's Latest Performance :
The Celtics are coming off a win against the Knicks in the Garden a game that came down to the last bucket. Jayson Tatum came through as he hit a fadeaway to seal the game for the Celtics. He finished the game with 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. He still finds a way to outshine his teammates despite being the youngest player. He led the team in scoring for the second time in three games. You would expect that with Kyrie back he would be in charge of the offense but it is Tatum doing all the little things early into the season. Gordon Hayward should be back in the lineup on Monday against the Magic. Kyrie Irving still hasn’t found his shot to start the season as he shot 5-of-16 from the field for 16 points it is just a matter of time that Irving finds his shooting touch again. Playing against the Magic shouldn’t be a problem for the Celtics they will have to stick to their game plan because they are aware that if they take away the three ball from the Magic they will be in a great position to win the game at home.
Player to watch: Jayson Tatum, he will continue to do his own thing as he will find his ways to score against the Magic. It doesn’t matter to him if Kyrie can’t find his shooting touch Tatum will still get his points because of his ability to create for himself off the dribble.
How Orlando Magic & Boston Celtics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Magic are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
Against The Spread Selection: Boston Celtics
My reason for the pick :
As the season progresses the Celtics team chemistry will keep getting better. It is just a matter of time that Hayward returns to his normal form. It is no surprise here why the Celtics are playing well to start the season it is mainly of Brad Stevens coaching. His ability to pick and choose the lineup that works together has been great to start the season. Once Kyrie rediscovers his shooting touch again, this team will be very tough to beat. For the Magic, Vucevic will have a good game, will have a tough time covering the three-point shooters of the Celtics causing them to lose their 3rd game in a row.
Betting trends for Orlando Magic:
- Magic are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 road games.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics :
- Celtics are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 home games.