The Boston Celtics (22-8) host the Orlando Magic (10-20) at TD Garden, starting at 3:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 18, 2022. The Magic are 10.5-point underdogs in the game. The over/under for the matchup is 223.
How to bet Celtics vs. Magic
Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 10.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Celtics as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -520 odds to pick up the win, while the Magic are listed at +388 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 223 points.
Celtics vs. Magic Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Sunday, December 18, 2022
- Game Time: 3:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBCS
- Location: Boston, Massachusetts
- Arena: TD Garden
Celtics vs. Magic Betting Trends
Against the spread, the Celtics are 17-12-1 this season. Boston has been chosen as the favorite in 28 games this year and has walked away with the win 20 times (71.4%) in those games. Celtics games this year have hit the over 17 times in 30 opportunities (56.7%).
Against the spread, the Magic are 15-13-2 this season. Orlando has been the underdog on the moneyline 27 total times this season. Orlando has gone 10-17 in those games. The Magic have gone over the point total 50% of the time this season (15 of 30 games with a set point total).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Celtics vs. Magic Injury Report
Magic: Jonathan Isaac: Out (Knee), Gary Harris: Out (Hamstring), Jalen Suggs: Out (Ankle), Chuma Okeke: Out (Knee), Wendell Carter: Out (Foot)
What you need to know about the Boston Celtics
Boston owns a top-five offense this year, ranking best in the league with 119.1 points per game. Defensively, it ranks 14th with 112.8 points allowed per contest. The Celtics are averaging 124.6 points per game this season in home games, which is 10.4 more points than they’re averaging when playing on the road (114.2). The Celtics have seen a decrease in scoring recently, putting up 116.5 points per game in their last 10 contests, 2.6 points fewer than the 119.1 they’ve scored this year.
Boston is dominating when it comes to three-point shooting, as it ranks second-best in the league in threes (16.1 per game) and fourth-best in shooting percentage from three-point land (38.6%). In terms of shot breakdown, the Celtics have taken 52.1% two-pointers (accounting for 61.9% of the team’s buckets) and 47.9% three-pointers (38.1%).
What you need to know about the Orlando Magic
Offensively, Orlando is the third-worst squad in the NBA (109.4 points per game). Defensively, it is 15th (113.5 points allowed per game). The Magic average 113 points per game at home, and 104.6 away. While the Magic are putting up 109.4 points per game in 2022-23, they have bettered that mark in their past 10 games, tallying 110.8 a contest.
Orlando makes 10.6 3-pointers per game and shoots 34.2% from beyond the arc, ranking 25th and 22nd, respectively, in the NBA. The Magic take 63.1% percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line, and 36.9% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 73.1% of the Magic’s baskets are 2-pointers, and 26.9% are 3-pointers.
Our pick to win this contest is the Celtics, and we predict that Celtics will cover the spread (Celtics -10.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 223 points.
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