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Celtics vs. Magic prediction, odds, line, spread: 2023 NBA picks, Jan. 23 best bets from proven model

The Orlando Magic welcome the Boston Celtics to Amway Center on Monday evening. The Magic are 11-12 at home and 17-29 overall this season. The Celtics are 35-12 overall, winning the last nine games, and Boston is 17-7 on the road. Marcus Smart (ankle) and Malcolm Brogdon (personal) are out for Boston, with Robert Williams III (knee) listed as questionable. Jonathan Isaac (reconditioning) is listed as questionable for Orlando, and he could return to action for the first time since Aug. 2, 2020. Chuma Okeke (knee) is out for the Magic.

Caesars Sportsbook lists Boston as the 7.5-point favorite on the road for this 7 p.m. ET tipoff. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 230 in the latest Celtics vs. Magic odds. Before making any Magic vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven 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 14 of the 2022-23 NBA season on a stunning 45-20 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $2,200. 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:

  • Celtics vs. Magic spread: Celtics -7
  • Celtics vs. Magic over/under: 230 points
  • Celtics vs. Magic money line: Celtics -345, Magic +270
  • BOS: The Celtics are 13-11 against the spread in road games
  • ORL: The Magic are 14-9 against the spread in home games
  • Celtics vs. Magic picks: See picks at SportsLine

Featured Game | Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics

Why the Celtics can cover

Boston is tremendous on offense, scoring more than 1.17 points per possession, and the Celtics rate in the top eight of the NBA in 2-point shooting, 3-point shooting, turnover prevention, and assists per game. The Celtics also have the best point differential in the NBA, using a top-flight defense to complement an elite offense. Boston is giving up fewer than 1.11 points per possession, ranking in the top five of the NBA, and the Celtics lead the league with a 74.7% defensive rebound rate. 

Boston also sits atop the NBA in assists allowed (22.7 per game) and free throw attempts allowed (20.5 per game), with top-six marks in fast break points allowed (12.7 per game) and blocked shots (5.4 per game). The Celtics allow fewer than 49 points in the paint per game, a top-10 figure, and opponents are shooting only 53.3% inside the arc with 13.0 second-chance points per game against Boston.

Why the Magic can cover

Orlando is led by a pair of dynamic young forwards in Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner. Banchero is the Rookie of the Year frontrunner, averaging 20.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Wagner is generating 20.5 points per game on 49.2% shooting with 37.1% from 3-point range. Orlando is in the top 10 of the NBA in free throw creation (25.2 attempts per game) and free throw accuracy (79.4%), and the Magic should benefit from a Boston defense that creates only 13.1 turnovers per game. 

On defense, the Magic are stingy against opposing 3-point shooters, giving up only 34.4% shooting, and Orlando is in the top ten of the NBA in points allowed in the paint (48.6 per game). The Magic are also above-average in free throw prevention (23.5 attempts allowed per game) and defensive rebound rate (72.1%).

How to make Magic vs. Celtics picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Under on the total, projecting 222 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 almost 70% of the time? 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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