Game day preview
ORLANDO MAGIC vs. BOSTON CELTICS
Friday, Dec. 25. 2:30 p.m. ABC
The national spotlight will shine on Orlando when the Magic (22-7, 12-2 home) host the Boston Celtics (22-5, 12-1 road) in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference Semifinals on Christmas at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Magic already proved they could beat the Celtics with or without Kevin Garnett on November 20, when they earned an 83-78 victory in Boston. Orlando’s biggest offseason acquisition Vince Carter poured in a game-high 26 points in that contest, while All-Star forward Rashard Lewis notched 16 points and 10 rebounds. Since that contest, the Celtics have been on a tear. They’ve gone 13-1 in that time frame and currently lead the Eastern Conference with a 22-5 record. Points will once again be at a premium for the Magic as Boston holds its opponents to a league-low 92.0 points per game.
Note: Boston SF Paul Pierce will be out of action for at least two weeks with a right knee infection.
Here is the complete preview from Yahoo! Sports.
The Magic are 5 point favorites.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!