For some early NBA action, the Orlando Magic welcome the Boston Celtics! It’s time for another NBA odds prediction and pick featuring the Celtics vs. Magic.
The Celtics have defeated two elite Eastern Conference opponents to start the season (2-0). Both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat were defeated by Boston on Friday night. In what may be another memorable season for the Celtics, they go to Orlando in the hopes of maintaining their perfect record. The Magic lost their first two games of the season to the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks. Their season doesn’t get any easier for them because they are (0-2) at this point. Fans in Orlando have found rookie Paolo Banchero to be a sore spot and are hoping that things will start to improve for him.
the Celtics and Magic
NBA Odds: Celtics-Magic Odds
NBA odds provided by FanDuel.
Celtics: -9 for Boston (-106)
Florida Magic: +9 (-114)
Over: 216 (-110) (-110)
Why The Celtics Could Cover The Spread
Under: 216 (-110)
As one of the NBA’s top tandems, Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown have each scored over 28 points in their first two games of the year. Tatum leads the team in scoring with an average of 31.5 points per game, although Brown is just behind him with 32. Up to this point, Grant Williams and Malcolm Brogdon have been the Celtics’ next two strongest scoring threats. This entire team has discovered how to play both tenacious defence and easy offensive scoring. If the Jays play well, the Celtics will always have a strong chance of covering the spread.
Against Banchero, defence will be the key to tonight’s victory. He has been averaging 23.5 points each game thus far, performing like the best rookies. He scored 27 points in the defeat, which was his first NBA game, and added nine rebounds and five assists to his total. He had five blocks already in two games, making both sides of the floor aware of his presence. Boston should win this game and cover the spread if the Celtics can find a way to obstruct him and use their aggression to slow him down.
Why The Magic Could Cover The Spread
Due to back stiffness, Al Horford will be sidelined.
Contrary to what was previously stated, Banchero might profit tonight from his “welcome to the NBA moment.” He will undoubtedly be playing against the best team of his early career, and he will have the opportunity to truly establish himself. The Celtics are renowned for their superior defence because almost every player who plays for them can play defence. For the Magic to cover this spread, Banchero must put up a lot of points tonight. Due to their capacity for making deep shots, Terrence Ross and Cole Anthony will also need to be taken into consideration. Orlando needs to be at its best tonight from 3-point range.
Final Celtics-Magic Prediction & Pick
The most of the night will be spent with Banchero protecting one of the Jays, and this is when he will be put to the test. Jalen Suggs and Moritz Wagner are among the Magic players who are OUT tonight. Being without those two players is difficult for the team because they are vital young players who are trying to develop their chemistry. The Magic must keep its players healthy because they have a long way to go.
Horford won’t be playing, but the Celtics still have a good chance of covering the spread. The Magic should lose to this squad by nine points or more because of their depth.
Celtics-Magic final Pick and Prediction: Celtics -9 (-106)