Friday, March 31 2023

The Orlando Magic look for the back-to-back sweep when they take on the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon. The visiting Magic (10-20), fourth in the Southeast Division, defeated Boston 117-109 on Friday night and are 1-1 this season against the top team in the East. The Celtics (22-8), who lead Milwaukee for the best record in the league, have lost three of four. Orlando has won five games in a row, including a back-to-back sweep of Toronto on Dec. 9 and 11.

Tip-off from TD Garden in Boston is set for 3 p.m. ET. Boston leads the all-time regular-season series 73-52, and has won 10 of the last 11 meetings. The Celtics are 9.5-point favorites in the latest Magic vs. Celtics odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 223. Before making any Celtics vs. Magic picks, check out the NBA predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past four-plus seasons. The model enters Week 9 of the 2022-23 NBA season on a stunning 26-10 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $1,400. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Magic and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Magic vs. Celtics:

  • Magic vs. Celtics spread: Celtics -9.5
  • Magic vs. Celtics over/under: 223 points
  • Magic vs. Celtics money line: Magic +360, Celtics -480
  • ORL: The Magic are 6-0 against the spread in their last six games overall
  • BOS: The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last six Sunday games
  • Magic vs. Celtics picks: See picks at SportsLine
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Why the Celtics can cover

With small forward Jayson Tatum ruled out, shooting guard Jaylen Brown will look to help pick up the scoring slack. Brown, who has started all 28 games he’s played in, is second on the team in scoring and averages 26.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He is connecting on 50% of his field goals and is hitting on 80.9% of his free throws. Brown scored 26 points in Friday’s loss to Orlando and has scored 20 or more points in each of his last 20 games, including scoring 30 or more points in seven games during that stretch.

Boston’s top player off the bench is point guard Malcolm Brogdon, who will also be counted on to provide some offense with Tatum missing the game. Brogdon, who averages 23.6 minutes per game, is averaging 13.9 points, four rebounds and 3.8 assists. He is also connecting on 49.4% of his field goals, including 46% from 3-point range, and 87.5% from the foul line. Brogdon finished with 15 points on Friday, and continued his streak with at least one-made 3-pointer in his 17th consecutive game.

Why the Magic can cover

Despite that, Boston isn’t a lock to cover the Magic vs. Celtics spread. That’s because the Magic are led by rookie Paolo Banchero, who has scored 20 or more points in each of his last six games, including two double-doubles during that stretch. He scored 20 points in Friday’s win over Boston, and had 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 111-99 win over Toronto on Dec. 11. He also scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 109-102 loss to the Bucks on Dec. 5. For the year, Banchero is averaging 21.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game.

Small forward Franz Wagner, a second-year player, continues to be a force, and has reached double figures in six consecutive games. He scored 19 points and grabbed four rebounds in the win at Boston on Friday. Wagner had a season-high 34 points with five rebounds and two steals in a 113-109 win over Toronto on Dec. 9. In 30 games this season, all starts, he is averaging 19.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 33.5 minutes per game.

How to make Magic vs. Celtics picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 218 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 70% of simulations. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Celtics vs. Magic? And which side of the spread hits in almost 70% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.  



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