The Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics are returning to action after several days off due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Boston Celtics, who haven’t played since January 8th, haven’t had the required number of players to play. They were supposed to play the Magic on Wednesday, but that game was postponed.
The game that was postponed will be played at a later date, but it looks like this one is good to go now that Boston has the right number of players. As it stands, they’ll have Payton Pritchard, Tremont Waters, Jeff Teague, Marcus Smart, Aaron Nesmith, Grant Williams, Tristan Thompson, and Tacko Fall in the lineup.
The Celtics also have Jaylen Brown, Javonte Green, Semi Ojeleye, and Daniel Thies listed as questionable. If they’re good to go, it would give Boston some more insurance off the bench. Either way, they’ll be playing without a lot of their best players — giving Orlando the advantage heading into the game.
Orlando Magic Betting Preview: Can the Magic snap their three-game losing streak?
While the Boston Celtics are fighting COVID-19 restrictions, the Orlando Magic are also missing several key players on Friday night. They’ll be without Markelle Fultz, Evan Fournier, Mo Bamba, Chuma Okeke, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jonathan Isaac, and Michael Carter-Williams. They need several players to step up big time.
The good news is they’ll have Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross — their two leading scorers. Vucevic is averaging 22.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game this season. Ross is averaging 16.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.
We’ll see if they can snap that three-game losing streak that dates back to January 8th.
Boston Celtics Betting Preview: Will the Celtics overcome a shorthanded lineup?
The Boston Celtics aren’t in the greatest position right now, but it must be nice to get back on the floor. The last time they played was the same night Orlando’s losing streak started. Orlando has played three games since, so Boston is likely going to be a little shaky to start.
It’ll be interesting to see if they can keep their win-streak alive. Before they started seeing players miss time to COVID-19, they were on a four-game winning streak and were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. If Jaylen Brown suits up, it would make a world of a difference for this short-handed team.
Magic vs. Celtics Betting Odds & Lines
Will the Magic take advantage of the Celtics being short-handed, or will we see an upset in Boston? BetOnline has the Boston Celtics (-110) with the 3.5-point advantage over the Boston Celtics (-110).
Free Betting Pick
There were a lot of question marks surrounding the status of this game for the past few days, but it looks like we’re ready to go for Friday night. Without Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Robert Williams, Romeo Langford, or Carsen Edwards, expect the Celtics to look a bit slow.
With that said, we’ve seen a number of players this season take advantage of time they don’t normally receive. We’ll see if Boston can’t get the same from some of their players tonight, but something tells me the Orlando Magic are going to have an easy time snapping their losing streak. Expect a big night from Vucevic and Ross.
Final Score Prediction 112-102, Orlando Magic.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Orlando Magic (+3.5)