Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics - 1/2/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Orlando Magic at Boston Celtics - 1/2/22 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics (17-19) vs Orlando Magic (7-29)

Game Info: Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 6:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -10.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic invade the TD Garden to do battle with the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.

The Orlando Magic have been in terrible shape as they’ve lost 11 of their past 13 games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a four-game slide after getting routed by the Bucks in a 136-118 home loss on Thursday. Franz Wagner led the team in scoring with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Mauritz Wagner added 19 points off the bench while Gary Harris chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Magic shot 48 percent from the field and 13 of 36 from the 3-point line as they struggled right from the start, falling behind by 12 points at halftime, before getting blown out in the fourth quarter where they allowed 40 points.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in a rut as they’ve lost four of their past seven games, but they will be feeling pretty good about themselves after taking down the red-hot Suns in a 123-108 home win on Friday. Marcus Smart tallied 24 points with nine rebounds and three assists, Jaylen Brown added 24 points with 11 rebounds, Josh Richardson scored 19 points off the bench while Robert Williams racked up a triple-double of 10 points with 11 rebounds, 10 assists and five blocks. As a team, the Celtics shot 54 percent from the field and 10 of 27 from the 3-point line as they jumped all over the Suns right from the start and took a 26-point lead into halftime, before cruising in the second half where the margin always remained at double-digits.

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Looking at the betting trends, the Magic are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games against a team with a losing record, 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games playing on two days’ rest. The Celtics are 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 games following a win of more than 10 points and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win.

Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Boston., the Magic are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the Magic are 6-15-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings in Boston.

The Magic are still shorthanded as they are missing a bunch of players including Cole Anthony and Robin Lopez, while Mo Bamba is listed as questionable for this one. The Celtics are sweating on the availability of Jayson Tatum who is listed as questionable and Robert Williams who is listed as day to day. The Celtics have been well below their best lately, but they’re starting to get healthy again and they will take so much confidence from their dominant win over the Suns on Friday. The Celtics could be missing a couple key players, but they didn’t need them against the Suns and I think they’ll be too good for the depleted Magic.

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Peter’s Pick Boston -10.5

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