The Orlando Magic gets a second chance to try and set the tone in this Eastern Conference NBA betting odds match up. Game 1 was a nightmare as the visiting Celtics handed the Magic its first loss of the NBA playoff betting season in an embarrassing fashion. Still after trailing by double-digits for most of the basketball betting contest the Magic still managed to make it close game in the closing seconds and should put up plenty of fight in this Game 2 NBA betting showdown.
When Boston shoots the ball well from the perimeter it’s a very tough team to beat. It might just be unbeatable as the Cleveland Cavaliers found out in the previous NBA betting odds series. The Celtics team defense is one of the best in the basketball betting action and with a number of big bodies on the bench they’ve got plenty of fouls to throw at the Magic’s start center, Dwight Howard.
Howard was a non-factor in Game 1 of this NBA playoff betting series (13 points, 12 rebounds) and the Celtics employed their “Hack-a-Howard” game plan to perfection. They forced Howard to beat them at the charity stripe and he did not (7-12 from the free throw line). The Celtics big men were also constantly double-teaming Howard anytime he had the ball in the paint and he was ineffective as a scorer in that NBA betting matchup.
The Magic also struggled from behind the arc shooting just 5-22 from 3-point range in the basketball betting contest. All things considered the Celtics played just about as well as they could creating turnovers, getting great perimeter defense and getting balances scoring (Paul Pierce 24 points, Ray Allen 22 points). The Magic on the other hand played nowhere near their potential and still managed to make it a four point game. The Magic will win Game 2 of this NBA betting odds series.
With or without Howard’s help on the offensive end this team can and will play much better. Rashad Lewis managed just six points in 42 minutes and fellow starter Matt Barnes just two points in 15 minutes. Look for Orlando’s starters to score and shoot better from the perimeter. Boston will also cool down a bit with their shooting and that should be enough for Orlando to tie this NBA betting series before heading back to Beantown.