Magic vs Celtics Prediction - NBA Picks 12/17/23

Boston Celtics (19-5) vs Orlando Magic (16-8)

Game Info: Sunday, December 17, 2023 at 3:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -8.5 -- Over/Under: 227.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Orlando Magic pay a visit to the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Sunday afternoon. Here's a Magic vs Celtics prediction.

Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic have been in great shape as they've won 11 of their last 14 games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back in this one after getting humbled by the Celtics in a 128-111 road loss on Friday. Jalen Suggs led the team with 19 points on seven of 12 shooting, Franz Wagner and Cole Anthony scored 17 points each while Goga Bitadze chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds on seven of eight shooting. As a team, the Magic shot 48 percent from the field and 14 of 35 from the 3-point line as they struggled to contain the Celtics from the start and fell behind by 13 points at halftime and things only got worse in the third quarter where they leaked 37 points to fall behind by as many as 25 points in this one.

Orlando Magic Player Facts

  • Goga Bitadze ranks 13th amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (1.6) this season.
  • Franz Wagner ranks 36th amongst qualified players for points per game (20.5) this season.

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Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in red-hot form as they've won seven of their last eight games and they will be eager to build on their current four-game win streak after blowing past the Magic on Friday. Jayson Tatum led the team with 30 points, six rebounds and four assists, Derrick White added 19 points, eight assists and four steals, Payton Pritchard provided the spark off the bench with 21 points and five assists while Jaylen Brown chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 52 percent from the field and 18 of 42 from the 3-point line as they got off to a quick start thanks to the hot hand of Tatum and they just kept their foot on the gas until the fourth quarter. The C's are atop the Eastern Conference with a 19-5 record and are a win ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.

Boston Celtics Player Facts

  • Jayson Tatum ranks 2nd amongst qualified Guards for rebounds per game (8.8) this season.
  • Derrick White ranks 7th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (88.6%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (3.7).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (73.2%).
  • The Magic rank 1st in the league for opponent rebounds per game this season (40.1).
  • The Magic rank 30th in the league for three-point field goal attempts per game this season (29.5).

Magic vs Celtics prediction

The Magic are still shorthanded with Markelle Fultz out and Joe Ingles listed as questionable, while the Celtics are keeping an eye on Dalano Banton who is questionable with an illness. The Magic have been one of the form teams in the league lately, but they didn't look too good against the Celtics on Friday. It's always tough to beat the same team twice in a row, but the Celtics are a perfect 13-0 at home this season and I think the line is reasonable for this one. Give me the Celtics to remain undefeated at home with another win and cover.

 

Peter’s Pick Boston -8.5

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