Basketball betting is highlighted on Friday by a rematch of last season’s playoff matchup as the Boston Celtics host the Orlando Magic in a game that can be seen on ESPN.
Both teams look to battle it out again this NBA betting season with Cleveland for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. This basketball betting game will get a lot of attention since it is on ESPN and it should be a great one.
Basketball betting favors the Celtics in this game because they are at home. Home court advantage doesn’t mean the Celtics will win this game though. Orlando has actually won 6 of the last 10 meetings between the two teams. The Magic won two of the four playoff games last season at Boston outright in basketball betting. It should be noted though that Boston played without Kevin Garnett in those games. He is healthy this NBA betting season and Boston has gotten off to a very good start with a very balanced scoring attack led by Paul Pierce.
The Magic have won 10 of the last 15 regular season basketball betting matchups with the Celtics overall but the Celtics have won 12 of the last 15 matchups in Boston including playoff games. Eight of the last ten meetings between the two teams have gone under the NBA betting total.
Orlando is still being led by Dwight Howard but this is a different Magic team in basketball betting. They have to deal with an injury to Jameer Nelson again but they do have Vince Carter. Sometimes all the players have meshed well together and other times they have not. When they are clicking, Orlando is a very tough team to beat in NBA betting. They still have some chemistry issues though and that makes them just a so-so team in basketball betting although they win most of their games straight up.
Boston started the season looking unbeatable in basketball betting but they have come back to earth recently with losses to Indiana and Atlanta. They are still formidable though and will have no trouble getting up for this basketball betting matchup against the Magic. Boston has been playing excellent defense this season as they are right near the top in fewest points allowed as basketball betting statistics show. Their offense has been somewhat spotty which is why they are just a 50-50 proposition against the basketball betting odds this season.