Orlando at Boston
1:00 P.M. ET
Boston: 98.1 points/100 possessions (T-26th)
Orlando: 98.5 points/100 possessions (24th)
Boston: 103.4 points allowed/100 possessions (16th)
Orlando: 104.3 points allowed/100 possessions (18th)
Probable Magic Starters:
E’Twaun Moore (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Arron Afflalo (SF), Glen Davis (PF) & Nikola Vucevic (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Magic Basketball
Thumbnail: Well, here we are again. The Celtics are the only NBA team to play on each of the last three Super Bowl Sundays. In fact, they are hitting the hardwood for the sixth consecutive Super Bowl Sunday with all of those contests taking place at the Garden. The only other professional teams in North American to do that are the Washington Capitals and Montreal Canadiens. For the third time in those six years, a Celtics-Magic game is serving as the preamble for the biggest game in the NFL.
Avery Bradley, who will return after a five-game absence, will look to have a better offensive performance than he did on Super Bowl Sunday in 2013. Although he did score a team-low four points that day against the Clippers, he made the biggest defensive play of the game. With just 26 seconds remaining, Bradley characteristically drew a charge on Jamal Crawford to preserve the Celtics’ two-point lead and eventually the victory.
Nikola Vucevic, who did not participate in the last meeting between the Celtics and Magic, will most likely see his most playing time since December. He missed 12 consecutive games, and 14 total, in January before returning Wednesday. The big man from Switzerland has 17 double-doubles in just 30 games played this season, two of which came against the Celtics in November. Although the Magic dropped both of those contests, Orlando is 9-8 this season when Vucevic records a double-double in comparison to a 2-16 record when he does not play.
Prediction: Rajon Rondo sets a new season-high in minutes played, and the Celtics avoid their longest home losing streak since the 2006-07 season.
Celtics 103, Magic 94