The Boston Celtics will put their 14 game win streak on the line this afternoon as they take on the Orlando Magic in a Christmas Day special at the Amway Center. The holiday showdown is scheduled to tip off at 2:30pm ET on ABC. NBA Odds have the Magic listed as a -2 against the spread home favorite and the Over/Under set at 191.5.
The Celtics ran their win streak to 14 games on Wednesday night with a 84-80 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at the TD Garden. Boston's record improved to 23-4 courtesy of the victory and it now owns a seven game lead over the second place Knicks in the Atlantic Division courtesy of its extended run.
The Celtics dispatching of the 76ers, which concluded a three game home stand for Doc Rivers' squad, was anything but an offensive masterpiece. Boston connected on just 31 of its 80 field goal attempts; however, Kevin Garnett and company limited Philly to 28-of-65 from the field and 2-of-10 from beyond the arc in securing the four point win.
Boston, which has been without the services of Rajon Rondo since a December 15th win at New York, has won 10 of its 13 road outings. Its last away loss, or last loss anywhere for that matter, came at Toronto on November 21st.
It took a couple of games for the new look Magic to find a rythmn, but they finally did on Thursday night with a 123-101 home win over the sizzling Spurs. The improbable end to Orlando's four game losing streak, which snapped a 10 game run for San Antonio, featured seven players in double figures for the Magic, including 29 points from Dwight Howard.
Howard, who saw new teammates Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson, and Gilbert Arenas combine for 40 points and 17 assists, also grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots.
The Magic, which at 17-12 trail the first place Heat by four games in the Southeast Division, are 10-5 at home this season. Prior to Thursday's victory, Orlando had lost three straight at the Amway Center.
NBA Odds Betting Trend: The Celtics are 0-6 straight up and against the spread playing as a road dog against the Magic with a spread between 0 and 3.5.
Boston Celtics +2 (-110), Over 191.5 (-110)
Orlando Magic -2 (-110), Under 191.5 (-110)