Celtics vs Magic Prediction - NBA Picks 11/24/23

Orlando Magic (10-5) vs Boston Celtics (12-3)

Game Info: Friday, November 24, 2023 at 2:30 pm (Amway Center)

Betting Odds: Orlando Magic +4.5 -- Over/Under: 213 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic duke it out at the Amway Center on Friday night. Here’s a Celtics vs Magic Prediction.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics have been on fire as they've won seven of their past eight games and they will be full of confidence following their 119-116 win over the Bucks on Wednesday. Jaylen Brown led the team in scoring with 26 points and eight assists on 10 of 16 shooting, Jayson Tatum added 23 points with 11 rebounds and four assists, Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points while Derrick White chipped in with 13 points and five assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 52 percent from the field and 17 of 42 from the 3-point line, but they set up this win with their defense as they held the Bucks to just 17 points in the first quarter to lead by as many as 21 points, which proved to be just enough in the end as the Bucks cut the margin to three points before they ran out of time.

Boston Celtics Player Facts

  • Kristaps Porzingis is one of only five qualified players in the league averaging at least 1.5 threes and 1.5 blocks this season.
  • Jayson Tatum ranks 2nd amongst qualified Guards for rebounds per game (9.1) this season.

Orlando Magic

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic are coming into this one with plenty of momentum as well as they've won six of their last seven games and they will be eager to build on their current five-game win streak after taking down the Nuggets in a 124-119 home win on Wednesday. Franz Wagner led the team with 27 points on 11 of 18 shooting, Paolo Banchero added 23 points while Cole Anthony chipped in with 20 points off the bench. As a team, the Magic shot 54 percent from the field and 10 of 29 from the 3-point line as they did well to stay within striking distance until the fourth quarter where they exploded for 42 points to escape with the narrow win at home.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Jalen Suggs ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for steals per game (2.0) this season.
  • Paolo Banchero ranks T15th amongst qualified players for 3P% (45.5%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent turnovers per game this season (17.3).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for free throw attempts per game this season (27.9).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+10.1).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (73.4%).

Peter's Pick

The Celtics could be shorthanded for this one as Jaylen Brown is listed as questionable due to a right adductor strain, while the Magic have already ruled out Wendell Carter Jr and Markelle Fultz once again. The Celtics come into this meeting as one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment, they've barely missed a step all season and just took down the Bucks in their last outing, but they're going to be missing Brown which could spell trouble against a confident Magic team coming fresh off a win over the Nuggets. You can make an argument for either side here, but with the line so short, I'm rolling with the Celtics to stay hot in this one.

Peter’s Pick Boston -4.5

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