Thursday, January 27 2022

Who’s Playing

Boston @ Orlando

Current Records: Boston 2-5; Orlando 2-6

What to Know

The Orlando Magic will be returning home after a three-game road trip. They will square off against the Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday at Amway Center. The Magic have been on the wrong side of a one-way rivalry with Boston and are hoping to record their first victory since April 7 of 2019.

While not quite a landslide, the game between Orlando and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday was still a pretty decisive one as Orlando wrapped it up with a 115-97 win on the road. Orlando can attribute much of their success to point guard Cole Anthony, who shot 6-for-11 from beyond the arc and finished with 31 points, eight dimes and nine boards, and small forward Franz Wagner, who shot 5-for-9 from downtown and finished with 28 points.

Meanwhile, Boston lost to the Chicago Bulls at home by a decisive 128-114 margin. The Celtics were up 103-89 at the end of the third quarter but couldn’t hold on to the lead. Boston’s defeat came about despite a quality game from small forward Jaylen Brown, who shot 5-for-8 from beyond the arc and finished with 28 points and seven rebounds.

The Magic are expected to lose this next one by 7. Those who got lucky with them against the spread on Monday might want to hold off on placing bets this time since the squad has yet to string together back-to-back wins against the spread.

Orlando’s win lifted them to 2-6 while Boston’s loss dropped them down to 2-5. Allowing an average of 119.71 points per game, the Celtics haven’t exactly asserted themselves on the defensive end. We’ll see if they can patch up the holes in their defense before their upcoming matchup.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET
  • Where: Amway Center — Orlando, Florida
  • TV: Bally Sports Florida
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $14.39

Odds

The Celtics are a solid 7-point favorite against the Magic, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Celtics as a 6.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Boston have won 14 out of their last 20 games against Orlando.

  • May 05, 2021 – Boston 132 vs. Orlando 96
  • Mar 21, 2021 – Boston 112 vs. Orlando 96
  • Jan 15, 2021 – Boston 124 vs. Orlando 97
  • Aug 09, 2020 – Boston 122 vs. Orlando 119
  • Feb 05, 2020 – Boston 116 vs. Orlando 100
  • Jan 24, 2020 – Boston 109 vs. Orlando 98
  • Apr 07, 2019 – Orlando 116 vs. Boston 108
  • Jan 12, 2019 – Orlando 105 vs. Boston 103
  • Oct 22, 2018 – Orlando 93 vs. Boston 90
  • Mar 16, 2018 – Boston 92 vs. Orlando 83
  • Jan 21, 2018 – Orlando 103 vs. Boston 95
  • Nov 24, 2017 – Boston 118 vs. Orlando 103
  • Nov 05, 2017 – Boston 104 vs. Orlando 88
  • Mar 31, 2017 – Boston 117 vs. Orlando 116
  • Jan 27, 2017 – Boston 128 vs. Orlando 98
  • Dec 07, 2016 – Boston 117 vs. Orlando 87
  • Mar 21, 2016 – Boston 107 vs. Orlando 96
  • Jan 31, 2016 – Orlando 119 vs. Boston 114
  • Jan 29, 2016 – Boston 113 vs. Orlando 94
  • Nov 29, 2015 – Orlando 110 vs. Boston 91

Source: CBSSports.com

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