Celtics vs Magic Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, December 16, 2022

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The Boston Celtics (22-7) host the Orlando Magic (9-20) at TD Garden, beginning at 7:30 PM ET on Friday, December 16, 2022. The Magic are big 12.5-point underdogs in the game. A 225-point over/under is installed for the matchup.

How to bet Celtics vs. Magic

Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 12.5 points, with oddsmakers listing the Celtics as the favorites.


As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -843 odds to pick up the win, while the Magic are listed at +575 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 225 points.

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Celtics vs. Magic Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, December 16, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBCS
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Arena: TD Garden

Celtics vs. Magic Betting Trends

The Celtics are 17-11-1 against the spread this season. Boston has come away with 20 wins in the 27 contests it has been listed as the favorite in this season. Celtics games this year have hit the over 16 times in 29 opportunities (55.2%).

Against the spread, the Magic are 14-13-2 this year. Orlando has been the moneyline underdog 26 total times this season. Orlando has finished 9-17 in those games. Magic games this year have gone over the total in 14 of 29 opportunities (48.3%).

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Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players


Celtics Leaders
Jayson Tatum 28 30.2 8.3 4.1 1.1 1 3.4
Jaylen Brown 27 26.6 7.3 3.6 1.1 0.4 2.4
Malcolm Brogdon 24 13.9 4 4 0.5 0.2 1.9
Marcus Smart 26 11.7 3.2 7.2 1.3 0.4 1.8
Derrick White 29 10.2 2.8 3.1 0.8 0.7 1.7


Magic Leaders
Paolo Banchero 22 21.7 6.9 3.9 0.9 0.6 1
Franz Wagner 29 19.9 4.1 3.6 0.8 0.3 1.4
Cole Anthony 12 13.5 4.4 4.1 1 0.3 1.4
Bol Bol 29 12.7 7.4 1.2 0.5 1.8 0.8
Moritz Wagner 11 11.3 6.5 2.2 0.6 0.4 0.9
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Celtics: Robert Williams: Questionable (Knee), Al Horford: Questionable (Health Protocols), Danilo Gallinari: Out (Knee)

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 has a top-five offense this year, ranking best in the league with 119.4 points per game. At the other end of the court, it ranks 13th with 112.6 points allowed per contest. The Celtics are posting 125.8 points per game this season at home, which is 11.6 more points than they’re averaging in road games (114.2). The Celtics’ offense has been less effective over their last 10 games, scoring 118.6 points a contest compared to the 119.4 they’ve averaged this year.

Boston has been getting things done in terms of three-point shooting this season, ranking best in the NBA in threes per game (16.3) and best in three-point percentage (39.1%). Of the shots attempted by the Celtics in 2022-23, 52.3% of them have been two-pointers (61.7% of the team’s made baskets) and 47.7% have been three-pointers (38.3%).

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What you need to know about the Orlando Magic

In 2022-23, Orlando is third-worst in the league on offense (109.1 points scored per game) and 15th on defense (113.7 points conceded). The Magic are putting up more points at home (113 per game) than on the road (103.6). The Magic are scoring 109.4 points per game in their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 109.1.

With 10.7 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 34.4% from downtown, Orlando is 25th and 20th in the NBA, respectively, in those categories. The Magic take 63.1% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 36.9% percent from beyond it. In terms of makes, 72.9% of the Magic’s baskets are 2-pointers, and 27.1% are 3-pointers.

Our pick to win this game is the Celtics, and we predict that Celtics will cover the spread (Celtics -12.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 225 points.

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