Magic vs Celtics Predictions, Picks, Betting Tips 2/5/2020
Game: Orlando Magic vs Boston Celtics
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Boston -5.5
Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic (21-28, 2nd in the Southeast Division) travel to TD Garden on Wednesday where they'll meet the Boston Celtics (33-15, 2nd in the Atlantic Division). Boston opens this matchup as 5.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 228.
The Magic are covering the spread 45.8% of the time, having gone 22-26-2 ATS. Boston is covering 63.8% of the time, going 30-17-2 against the spread.
Key Orlando Magic Injuries
02/03/20 C Khem Birch Back is questionable Wednesday vs Boston
01/17/20 PG D.J. Augustin Knee is out 3-4 weeks
01/10/20 SF Al-Farouq Aminu Knee is out for season
01/02/20 PF Jonathan Isaac Knee is out indefinitely
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
02/03/20 PG Marcus Smart Thigh is questionable Wednesday vs Orlando
02/03/20 PG Kemba Walker Knee is questionable Wednesday vs Orlando
Nikola Vucevic comes into this game averaging 18.8 points per contest while playing 31.8 minutes per night this year. He grabs 10.9 rebounds per contest and distributes 3.5 assists per game. His FG percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is 81%. Aaron Gordon averages 13.6 points per contest in 31.9 minutes per game. He averages 2.9 assists per game and 7.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% for the season while his free throw percentage is 65%.
Jaylen Brown scores 20.4 points per contest while playing 33.5 minutes per game. He hauls in 6.6 rebounds per contest and has 2.3 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is at 76%. Jayson Tatum averages 21.7 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 33.6 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.8 rebounds per game and has 2.9 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
Orlando averages 103.3 points per contest, which is 29th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.2 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a unit, which has them ranked 29th. From 3-point territory they shoot 34%, which is good for 28th in the NBA. They average 44.7 boards per contest and 22.8 assists per game, which ranks them 19th and 24th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 30th with 12.5 per game. The Magic allow 104.6 points per contest, which is 1st in the NBA. They also surrender a 46% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 12th and 19th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.1 rebounds a game which ranks 23rd, and they allow 23.6 assists per game which puts them in 11th place in the league. They force 14.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 18th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston is 11th in the NBA with 112.7 points per contest this season. They are 11th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 7.18. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 14th in the league. They are 14th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.5 boards per contest and 20th in assists per game with 23.4. The Celtics are 23rd in turnovers per contest with 13.8. The Celtics give up 105.5 points per game, which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their defense surrenders a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 4th and 6th in those defensive statistics. They rank 5th with 22.9 dimes allowed per game and 9th with 43.8 boards surrendered per contest. The Celtics are 25th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.6 per contest this year.
The Magic are 25th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.9, and their defensive rating of 107.1 is ranked 7th. In terms of pace they are 28th in the league with 97.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 49% is 30th. As a team they are 29th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 53% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 22nd in the league. Orlando is 27th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 16th in the league.
Boston is 23rd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 24th in the league. The Celtics are 5th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112.9, and their defensive rating of 105.7 is ranked 3rd. In terms of pace they are 16th in the league with 99.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 13th. As a team they are 9th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shots, ranking 14th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Magic/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Boston -5.5
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