Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 7th 2019 7:30 PM EST TIME
The Orlando Magic are looking to close out the regular season without falling down the playoff ladder even more as they take on the Boston Celtics on Sunday. As for the Celtics they are rocking a three game winning streak.
As stated above, the Orlando Magic need to finish strong to end the regular season as the playoff race is really cooking up now. At the moment, the Magic enter this game with holding down the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference, but the 9th seed Miami Heat are only a game and a half behind them. That just shows how tight this race is as spots 6th through 8th have yet to clinch a spot as the top seeds have already. Two games left for the Magic for the regular season as they are both on the road. They have to win at least one of them to really increase their chances to make it. They should be ready to go in this game as well as the Magic come into this game with resting most of their regulars as they had an easy night against the Atlanta Hawks after racing to a 42-18 advantage through the first quarter and coasting to a ninth straight home win.
For the Orlando Magic, they are not known for dropping the biggest of points per game as they enter this game with only scoring 107 points per game which is 25th in the league. However, the Magic love to control the tempo and the game which shows in their defense as they are allowing just 105.6 points per game which is 6th in the league.
As for the Boston Celtics, they have already clinched their spot for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference as they are looking to end the season with a bang. This will be the last home game for the Celtics as they will be looking to put something on for the fans as a huge win on Sunday will pretty much lock up their number four spot in the playoff race. For the Celtics they enter this game with a three game winning streak with wins against the Miami Heat twice and recently against the Indiana Pacers. The win against the Pacers was huge as they were tied going into that matchup but now the Celtics own the tiebreaker and have this winnable game against the Magic. Boston will also have a chip on their shoulder as well because the Magic took the first two meetings by a total of five points. Can the Celtics get their revenge?
As for the Boston Celtics, they have a little bit more of an offensive flare but it usually comes in batches. The Celtics are scoring an average of 112.4 points per game which is 14th in the league. On the flip side their defense is doing just as great as they are only allowing 107.8 points per game which is 8th in the league.
- Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Celtics are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Magic are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.