Free NBA Picks Today: Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic 12/18/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Boston Celtics vs Orlando Magic 12/18/22
Sun 18th December 2022

The Boston Celtics (22-8, 11-3 Home), the league’s top scoring team, welcome the Orlando Magic (10-20, 2-11 Away) on Sunday. The teams face off in their second consecutive game against each other. Orlando beat Boston 117-109 at TD Garden on Friday, their fifth straight win. Moritz Wagner led the Magic with 25 points.

Jayson Tatum had 31 points and seven rebounds in defeat. The Magic are 13th in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are the first seed in the Eastern Conference, 1.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks. Orlando and Boston have split their two matchups this season.

The Magic have been led this season by Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner, who are averaging 21.6 and 19.9 points per game, respectively. Both are among the league’s top scorers, as Banchero is No. 1 and Wagner is first. Banchero also has dished 3.9 assists per game, most in the league. Meanwhile, Bol Bol is grabbing 7.4 rebounds per game.

Tatum (30.2 ppg) and Jaylen Brown (26.5) have powered the Celts on offense. Tatum leads the NBA in scoring, while Brown is first. Tatum also has averaged 8.2 rebounds per game, most in the league. Marcus Smart has tallied 7.3 assists per game.With 119.1 points per game, the Celtics are the most explosive offense in the NBA.

The Magic have come up short more often than not in recent games at TD Garden, losing six of the last 10. Orlando is 5-5 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -1.5 (110.8-112.3). Boston has a 6-4 record over the last 10, scoring 116.5 points per game on average while allowing 111.7 (+4.8 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Moritz Wagner: 23.8 | 18.1 | +5.7


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Derrick White: 9.0 | 15.7 | -6.7
Points per game:
Al Horford: 6.0 | 10.0 | -4.0

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Boston Celtics -10.5 (-110)

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