Upcoming Free Picks

Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 1-12-2019

This is a past game! View all upcoming NBA games instead!

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#567 Boston
Celtics -7
#568 Orlando
Magic 211.5

Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 7:05pm

Image licensed from USA Today Sports

Game Stats

Boston Celtics

25 - 16

22-19
ATS
26-15
O/U
112
PPG
105
OPPG

Orlando Magic

17 - 24

19-20
ATS
16-25
O/U
102
PPG
107
OPPG

Featured Video from Scott Reichel

For our Top Plays of the Day, check out the Fab Five:

The Orlando Magic are looking to get back on track on their home court against the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

Celtics fueled by balanced play

Following a slow start out of the gate to the 2018-19 season, the Celtics have picked it up over the last several weeks. Boston is coming off a strong month of December where they were one of the top teams in the league. The Celtics are coming off a highly productive month of December where they led the league with 117.6 points per contest along with being tied for ninth with 49.6 percent shooting from the floor and ninth hitting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. They have begun to find their fluidity offensively with their talented deep roster that has pushed them to hold one of the top records in the Eastern Conference currently sitting in the fifth spot while being five games out of the top spot in the conference.

The Celtics have been led offensively by All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is currently averaging 22.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists on the season. He is one of just seven players this season to be averaging at least 22.0 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.0 rebounds joining James Harden, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard and DeMar DeRozan. His production has been key to steadying Boston in the right direction over the last few weeks. What has also been a major factor has been their play defensively as one of the top teams in the league. They are currently tied for fifth with 105.6 points per contest allowed along with being 44.3 percent shooting from the floor and 33.4 percent from beyond the arc. This balanced play should be enough to push them past a struggling Magic team on Saturday night.

Magic struggling to find their way offensively

It has been yet another season where the Magic have had plenty of issues breaking through in the Eastern Conference. Orlando has dropped seven out of their last 10 games including the last four straight. They possess a young roster that has yet to truly take strides forward on the court with them having major issues in pushing themselves forward toward competing for the playoffs as they are hovering outside the top-eight spots in the conference. Much of which has stemmed from their porous play offensively being one of the least productive teams in the league on that end of the floor that has only pushed them south as the season has worn on. This has been the case over the last several weeks as they have struggled to find any fluidity offensively outside the play of big man Nikola Vucevic, who has been their leading offensive factor on a nightly basis.

Orlando is currently 27th averaging 103.o points per contest and 44.3 percent shooting from the floor while being 17th shooting 35.0 percent from the floor. Their lack of fire punch on that end of the floor has continued to be discouraging on a nightly basis for the franchise. Vucevic has been their lone dependable factor as he’s putting together a breakout year averaging 20.2 points on 52.9 percent shooting from the floor along with 12.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game. This has seen him score in double figures 37 times, post 20-or-more points 21 times and 30-plus points on five occasions. However, if the Magic want to get the edge over the Celtics it will need them to step up offensively around Vucevic against one of the top defenses in the league. If not, it will be a long night on their home floor.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Magic have struggled to find any level of consistency this season, which should see the Celtics get back on track at home. Boston has had their issues this year but they are the more balanced team on both ends of the floor with their offense picking it up. Keep in mind, the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between these two teams.

Prediction: Boston -5.5

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Magic’s struggles offensively should be enough to warrant a lowering scoring affair between these two teams on Saturday night. The Celtics may have picked it up over the last few weeks, but Orlando has had plenty of problems on that end of the floor that put them on the bottom of the league. The under is also 4-1 in the last five meetings between both teams.

Prediction: Under 214

Drew Donald

Drew Donald has been a lifelong sports fan that has been quite passionate about football, basketball, and baseball. He has spent much of every day keeping up with the latest trends and games across each sport in the country. Drew Donald has expertise in covering and analysis each sport behind his five years of experience as a sports writer for various websites.

Login

Forgot Password?
Forgot your password? Enter your email and we'll send you a reset token:

Return to login
Enter the token from your email and a new password. Don't forget to check your spam folder if you didn't get the email.

Upcoming Free Picks

Wednesday, Mar 20
NBA
#563 Milwaukee Bucks -10.5
#564 Cleveland Cavaliers 226.5
7:05pm
View Pick
#565 New Orleans Pelicans 226
#566 Orlando Magic -6.5
7:05pm
View Pick
#567 Boston Celtics 226
#568 Philadelphia 76ers -2.5
7:05pm
View Pick
#569 Utah Jazz -12
#570 New York Knicks 211.5
7:35pm
View Pick
#571 Washington Wizards -2
#572 Chicago Bulls 234.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#573 Houston Rockets -4.5
#574 Memphis Grizzlies 217.5
8:05pm
View Pick
#575 Miami Heat 210.5
#576 San Antonio Spurs -6.5
8:35pm
View Pick
#577 Toronto Raptors 224.5
#578 Oklahoma City Thunder -5
9:35pm
View Pick
#579 Dallas Mavericks 217.5
#580 Portland Trailblazers -10
10:05pm
View Pick
NCAAB
#715 North Dakota State 133
#716 NC Central -5
6:40pm
View Pick
#717 Toledo 140
#718 Xavier -7
7:00pm
View Pick
#719 Norfolk State
#720 Alabama
7:00pm
View Pick
#723 Harvard 150
#724 Georgetown -5.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#741 Howard 159.5
#742 Coastal Carolina -11.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#743 Stony Brook 135
#744 USF -6.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#747 UAB 136
#748 Brown -1.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#753 Wisconsin-Green Bay 152.5
#754 East Tennessee State -10.5
7:00pm
View Pick
#739 Central Michigan 166
#740 DePaul -5
8:00pm
View Pick
#725 Sam Houston State 144
#726 TCU -13
9:00pm
View Pick
#727 Butler 141
#728 Nebraska -5.5
9:00pm
View Pick
#713 Arizona State -2
#714 St. John's 151
9:10pm
View Pick
NHL
#21 Toronto -145
#22 Buffalo 6.5
7:08pm
View Pick
#25 Ottawa 6
#26 Vancouver -170
10:08pm
View Pick
Thursday, Mar 21
NCAAB
#773 Minnesota 134
#774 Louisville -5
12:15pm
View Pick
#767 Yale 160.5
#768 LSU -7.5
12:40pm
View Pick
#781 New Mexico State 143
#782 Auburn -5.5
1:30pm
View Pick
#763 Vermont 133
#764 Florida State -9
2:00pm
View Pick
#775 Bradley
#776 Michigan State
2:45pm
View Pick
#765 Belmont 147
#766 Maryland -4
3:10pm
View Pick
#783 Northeastern 144
#784 Kansas -6.5
4:00pm
View Pick
#761 Murray State 148
#762 Marquette -3.5
4:30pm
View Pick
#777 Florida 132.5
#778 Nevada -2
6:50pm
View Pick
#771 Abilene Christian
#772 Kentucky
7:10pm
View Pick
#757 Saint Mary's 129
#758 Villanova -4.5
7:20pm
View Pick
#785 Fairleigh Dickinson
#786 Gonzaga
7:25pm
View Pick
#779 Montana
#780 Michigan
9:20pm
View Pick
#769 Seton Hall 142.5
#770 Wofford -2.5
9:40pm
View Pick
#759 ODU 129
#760 Purdue -12.5
9:50pm
View Pick
#787 Baylor 135
#788 Syracuse -2
9:57pm
View Pick
#889 Cal State Bakersfield 137
#890 Cal State Fullerton -7.5
10:00pm
View Pick
NHL
#47 Columbus
#48 Edmonton
9:08pm
View Pick
#49 Winnipeg
#50 Vegas
10:08pm
View Pick
#51 San Jose
#52 Los Angeles
10:38pm
View Pick
Friday, Mar 22
NCAAB
#805 Iowa 139
#806 Cincinnati -3.5
12:15pm
View Pick
#803 Oklahoma 142
#804 Ole Miss -1
12:40pm
View Pick
#819 Northern Kentucky
#820 Texas Tech
1:30pm
View Pick
#827 Cal Irvine 118
#828 Kansas State -4.5
2:00pm
View Pick
#807 Colgate
#808 Tennessee
2:45pm
View Pick
#833 Drake -4.5
#834 Southern Utah 146
3:00pm
View Pick
#801 Gardner-Webb
#802 Virginia
3:10pm
View Pick
#825 Oregon 116
#826 Wisconsin -2
4:30pm
View Pick
#811 Washington 134
#812 Utah State -3
6:50pm
View Pick
#815 Georgia State 142
#816 Houston -11.5
7:20pm
View Pick
#821 Liberty 135
#822 Mississippi St -6.5
7:27pm
View Pick
#809 Iona
#810 North Carolina (UNC)
9:20pm
View Pick
#799 UCF -1
#800 VCU 124.5
9:40pm
View Pick
#813 Ohio State 140
#814 Iowa State -5.5
9:50pm
View Pick
#823 St. Louis 126
#824 Virginia Tech -10.5
9:57pm
View Pick