|Written by Bishop Whitmore|
|Sunday, 17 May 2009 08:05|
The Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics meet on Sunday in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The teams have gone back and forth with each team putting in strong performances. Sunday’s game could come down to which team gets great play out of their superstar.
The Magic live and die with Dwight Howard while the Celtics really need Paul Pierce to step up if they are to win. Howard had 23 points and 22 rebounds in Game 6 on Thursday as the Magic won 83-75 and covered the NBA betting spread as 7-point favorites.
"I just tried to be me," Howard said. "I just have to go out there and play and not worry about nothing."
Rashard Lewis had 20 points in support of Howard. Rajon Rondo had 19 points, 16 rebounds and six assists for the Celtics, while Paul Pierce was held to 17 points.
Both teams get two days off before the Game 7 on Sunday that will be televised by TNT at 8:05pm EST.
"I would take a week off and do it like the Super Bowl," Boston head coach Doc Rivers said, "That would be terrific. But that's not going to happen."
The Celtics had trouble on offense in Game 6 and that ultimately cost them the game.
"The offense definitely struggled," Pierce said. "But we still played enough defense to win the game. We turned the ball over too much."
Magic at Celtics Game 7 NBA Betting Stats
The Magic are 14-6 ATS in NBA betting for their last 20 games as a road underdog. The Magic are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 vs. the Atlantic. The Magic are 4-14 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Boston.
The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in NBA betting for their last 7 games following a loss. The Celtics are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 Conference Semifinals games.
The Under is 6-2 in NBA betting for Orlando’s last 8 games as a road underdog. The Under is 14-5 in Orlando’s last 19 vs. the Atlantic. The Under is 21-8 in Orlando’s last 29 overall.
The Over is 25-8 in the Celtics last 33 games as a home favorite. The Over is 14-6 in the Celtics last 20 overall. The Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between the two teams.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 17 May 2009 08:48|