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NBA Betting - Celtics at Magic

March 25, 2009

NBA Betting Preview - Boston Celtics at Orlando Magic (Wednesday 8:00 ET)

Orlando is 3.5 point favorites over Boston tonight as they fight for second seed in the Eastern Conference.

The game will be shown on ESPN at 8 pm ET and you can all the odds for tonight's NBA action at Sportsbook.com.

Boston and Orlando each have 18 defeats, though the Magic have played two fewer games, which puts them a game back in the standings.

The Celtics are attempting to reinsert Kevin Garnett back into the starting line-up at his regular minutes.

Though Garnett has yet to play 20 minutes in a game since returning, the Celtics have won all three (2-1 ATS) after going 7-6 straight-up (and a miserable 3-10 ATS) while he was away.

Though coach Doc Rivers' squad is 38-23 ATS in road games when playing against a team with a winning record since 2007, injuries have robbed them of depth and useful minutes off the bench.

Workhorse Leon Powe is out with a knee strain. Tony Allen hasn't played since February 11th after injuring his left thumb and his exact return is in doubt.

Rajon Rondo, Glen Davis and Brian Scalabrine have all spent time in the trainer's room of late.

However, Boston got a win over an equally beat-up San Antonio team last week, and showed some serious mettle.

This is going to be a tougher game though as Orlando is 27-7 straight-up and 20-14 ATS at home.

The Magic have to win tonight and tie up the standings as Boston only has three more road games out of their final nine.

The good news is Orlando is an incredible 16-3 ATS versus good shooting teams making 46% or more of their shots this season.

The Total is 191 points and Orlando is 9-1 Under after breaking 100 points in three consecutive contests. The Celtics are 10-1 Under in road games off a home win by 10 points or more this season.

Orlando has won four of their last five at home, with three covers, but Boston is great in the underdog role at 12-3 ATS as a pooch of 3.5 to 9.5 points.

Pick: Under 189 (-110)

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