Two of BOS's top scorers are out for the season with injuries, Wally Szczerbiak (15 ppg) and Tony Allen (11.5 ppg). BOS is led in scoring by Pierce, who averages 24.8 ppg; Jefferson 15.5 ppg, 11 rebs; G Delonte West 11.8 ppg; F Ryan Gomes 11.7 ppg, 5.7 rebs; and G/F Gerald Green 9.8 ppg. BOS averages 96.3 ppg, while allowing 99.8 ppg. The Magic average 93.7 ppg, while allowing 94.1 ppg.
BOS has the worst home record in the league, and the Magic are 2-0 so far this season against them. Doc Rivers should have the Celtics motivated to face his old team, so the Magic have to guard against a letdown here. The Magic are 2 1/2 pt favorites (www.pinnaclesports.com).