Celtics Continue Winning Streak
The Boston Celtics are the best team in the NBA and have shown it with a nine-game winning streak. However, that winning run could end against the Orlando Magic on Monday.
The Celtics and Magic have similar against-the-spread (ATS) records, so they have been profitable. NBA odds have the Celtics at -7½, which is a fair line considering their respective form.
Let’s check the latest NBA news, stats, injury report, and NBA lines for Celtics vs Magic. We’ve got plenty of NBA picks for you to consider.
Celtics Prevailing on Road Trip
The Celtics have played four of their last five games on the road, winning in each one and making it nine straight.
A close win against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday was a gutsy effort. The game ended 106-104, and it was Grant Williams’ 25-point effort that helped.
The win came without Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams III, who was ruled out at halftime, so not much went their way.
“It says a lot about our team,” Boston coach Joe Mazzulla said of the short-handed victory. “In the beginning of the game, you could obviously feel that we just didn’t have the juice. We just kept playing. We never wavered, we made great plays. Guys did a great job managing the game.”
Jaylen Brown also had a big showing, reinforcing his coach’s thoughts.
“To win in the NBA is hard enough, to win on the road down a bunch of guys is hard to do,” Brown said. “You don’t want to take it for granted, but we definitely have enough on this team, enough in this locker room, to win games whoever is on the floor.”
The Celtics are 25-21-1 against the spread (ATS) but didn’t cover the -3½ spread against Toronto, or the -6½ spread when beating the Warriors 121-118 last week.
The sportsbook is giving the Celtics plenty of respect, despite being beaten by the Magic outright twice.
Any Magic Left?
The Magic have the ability to cause an upset, as shown when beating the Pelicans 123-110 last week, but it’s not shown consistently.
They have a solid ATS record of 25-20-1 and have beaten the Celtics twice straight up. The Magic won 117-109 and 95-92 on the road against Boston, so recent history is on their side, and loyal bettors have cashed in.
However, they allowed Washington to score 138 points on Saturday in a 138-118 loss and are about to face one of the better offensive teams in the NBA. A similar defensive effort would result in a big loss, hence the +7½ line with betting online markets.
We have been impressed by Paulo Banchero, and although his scoring average of 20.7 isn’t setting the world on fire, he’s a rookie who is playing well above his years.
We’re excited to see what he has in store, especially when facing a premier defensive team. With Marcus Smart out injured, it could allow Banchero to get easier shots, leading to the Magic keeping it close.
Celtics vs Magic Game Injuries
Celtics vs Magic Head-to-Head
The Magic have covered their last three games against the Celtics. However, over the last 10 games, it’s a 5-5 split.
The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last five games in Orlando but 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
Celtics vs Magic Game Information
- Game: Celtics (35-12) vs Magic (17-29)
- Day/Time: Monday, Jan. 23rd, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
- Celtics vs Magic Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Celtics vs Magic Betting Lines
Celtics vs Magic Picks & Prediction
The Celtics are easily the better team, but they’re down on players, so we’re taking the Magic to keep it close.
As shown in their previous two meetings, the Magic have limited the Celtics’ offense, so we expect more of the same.
We are also locking in the under in what could be a 100-98 scoreline.
Boston is listed at -320 in our Las Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Celtics, there’s a chance to win $31. Orlando is +263, offering a chance to win $263 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Boston a 76.19% chance to win, with the Magic at 27.55%.
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Celtics vs Magic Game Summary
Magic vs Celtics Previous Game (Dec. 16, 2022)
The Orlando Magic are coming into this matchup with the Boston Celtics with as much momentum as they’ve had all year long. Orlando has won a season-high four straight games.
In fact, they had never won more than two in a row up to this point. Meanwhile, the Celtics snapped a two-game losing streak to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in overtime on Tuesday.
Boston remains one of the best put-together teams this season and looks to keep that reputation alive. Are they the best option versus the NBA betting odds in this one?
Magic vs Celtics Game Summary