Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic
NBA Betting Pick: Orlando +4.5 -110 odds (April 13th 2013)
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The Boston Celtics simply do not have much to play for with only three games left in the regular season. They are three games behind the Chicago Bulls for the No. 6 seed, and three games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the No. 8 seed.
That means they are essentially locked into the No. 7 seed in the East. While Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are expected to return from injury tonight, I do not expect the Celtics to give the kind of effort it takes to beat the Magic given this scenario.
Orlando has been playing out its season, going a very profitable 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games overall. That includes a 113-103 home victory over Milwaukee last time out on Wednesday. The Magic have plenty of reason to be motivated tonight thanks to Jason Terry.
“Orlando is a team that, obviously, you see them. I don’t want to give them any fuel, but they’re terrible,” Terry said. “So we must go in there with whoever we have and scrap for the win.”
Coming in on two days’ rest, and playing just their 2nd game in 6 days, the Magic will be the much fresher team in this one. Boston will be playing the second of a back-to-back and its 3rd game in 4 days after losing to Miami (101-109) last night, and Brooklyn (93-101) on Wednesday.
The Celtics are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400. Orlando is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 vs. Eastern Conference opponents. Boston is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 road games overall. Bet the Magic Saturday.
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