Orlando at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
Boston: 95.5 points/100 possessions (25th)
Orlando: 98.3 points/100 possessions (20th)
Boston: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (T-11th)
Orlando: 94.9 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
Probable Magic Starters:
Jameer Nelson (PG), Arron Afflalo (SG), Maurice Harkless (SF), Jason Maxiell (PF) & Nikola Vucevic (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Magic Basketball
Thumbnail: And we are in the midst of a Boston Celtics three…game…winning…streak! How often did you think you’d be reading that about the Rondo-less Celtics? Now that he got those pesky NBA losses out of the way, Brad Stevens finds his team one game out of second place in the Eastern Conference. With the Celtics on pace for 78-4, they head into the beginning of a three-game homestand. In fact, this is the team’s first stretch of two or more home contests in a row this season.
When the Celtics faced the Magic at the Amway Center on Friday, they entered the game winless on the road while Orlando owned an undefeated 3-0 home record. Entering Monday night, it is the reverse for the Magic: Jacque Vaughn’s squad is 0-3 on the road this season.
Although he was in foul trouble for most of Saturday, former Magic forward Brandon Bass had a team-high 16 points in the Celtics victory three days ago. He now owns a 7-0 record against Orlando since he came to Boston. In addition, he has scored in double figures in six of those seven contests. As a Celtic, Bass has been scoring about 10 points per game, but he has stepped it up for when he faces his old team: he has averaged more than 14 points in those seven games against the Magic.
Another man in green who has fared well against Orlando, specifically Jameer Nelson, is Avery Bradley. Once again, his swarming defense forced the Magic point guard into a bad game on Friday. Nelson committed a whopping seven turnovers, which tied his career-high. In addition, he took 60 percent of his shots from downtown and missed seven of those nine attempts from 3-point distance.
Prediction: The Celtics continue their league-best 3-point defense (their opponents are shooting 28 percent from deep this season) en route to their 10th consecutive victory against the Magic.
Celtics 97, Magic 94
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