NBA basketball betting preseason headlines gushed over a certain dynasty for the Miami Heat but Boston has proven to be “old reliable” so far in the NBA sports betting season.
The Boston Celtics will host the Orlando Magic on Sunday with a national telecast on ABC set to start at 2:30 PM ET. This is a potential Eastern Conference playoff matchup so be sure and open your Sports Gambling account and be ready for action on both the side and total of this matchup. This is a rematch of last year’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals that the Celtics won in a 6 game series.
Orlando was 30-17 straight up and 212-25-1 with the NBA lines. The Magic paid out in only 9 of their 24 road games with a 12-11-1 mark over the total as a visitor. Dwight Howard was leading Orlando with 22.4 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.
Orlando was ranked 7th in the NBA for total defense. Jameer Nelson, who led the Magic with 6.5 assists per game, has been questionable in recent days with a knee injury.
Boston was not a good value at home despite being the top team in the Eastern Conference as they covered the NBA betting odds in just 10 out of 25 home games with 16 of those games going over the total.
These two teams have met twice so far this season. Orlando scored an 86-78 home payout over Boston on December 25 as the game went under the total. On January 17 the teams had a push against the spread in Boston’s 109-106 home win as the game went over the total. Boston has gotten the money in just 1 of the last 5 meetings between the teams but has had good success at home against the Magic.
The series has gone over the total in just 5 of the last 20 games between the teams. Orlando has paid out in just 9 of their last 20 games at Boston with just one cover against the spread in their last 4 visits. The series has gone over the total in just 2 of the last 12 NBA basketball betting matchups at Boston.