Magic vs. Celtics Super Bowl Sunday Point Spread Prediction, Odds, Preview

Joe DuffyAnalyst IFebruary 6, 2011

Points will be tough to come by for the Orlando Magic says expert
Points will be tough to come by for the Orlando Magic says expertElsa/Getty Images

While the gullible among us put blind faith in the manufactured Brandon Lang Super Bowl record, sharp gamblers have the Super Bowl predictions against the spread, total and proposition bets. Senior Sports Handicapper Matt Rivers has a Sunday pick against the spread and it’s on the Boston Celtics (-4.5) hosting Orlando.

Reasoning: The Magic are still a very good NBA team, but they have struggled a lot of times this season and are not as well rounded as the Celtics. Pretty much overall, Stan Van’s boys are just not nearly as good right now and have regressed a little bit when compared to the last few seasons.

Dwight Howard is obviously a superstar and a guy who will dominate inside, but with Kendrick Perkins back and with Shaq in Celtic green there are at least some big bodies on the C’s that will bang and use up their allotted fouls if necessary. To be able to get Rondo, Pierce, Allen, Garnett and the rest of Doc’s squad at home and only lay a handful is more than enough for me.

It’s not like this Orlando team has exactly rounded into shape after the trades. They did look a little better at one point after the sluggish start with Richardson, Turkoglu and others, but they haven’t been very magical of late after dropping three of their last five games.

Orlando has been beating up the bad teams like Washington, Cleveland, Toronto and Indiana, but every time they have had to step it up against major competition, they have not been able to do so. The final score may have said four the other day, but if you watched the game you saw how LeBron and the Heat were the much better team and that game was in Orlando.

The Magic also just lost at Memphis and at Chicago. Something is a little off with this team, whether it be the lack of size, the new pieces not fully fitting or just the team getting a little worse, I don’t fully know. But until they play better in a spot like this, I am glad to lay a few points with quite possibly the best team in the entire NBA in the Celtics.

Over the last few seasons and the other day at in Los Angeles this Boston squad has been able to raise their game and play big. Today will be another example of just that.

Top expert pick on this game: Boston Celtics from Matt Rivers.


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Things are going very, very well of late and nothing at all changes on Super Sunday, that I can tell you with absolute and complete conviction. It was a 3-1 Saturday including the big 400,000* on the Oregon Ducks winning outright as the eight-point dog along with 300,000* UCLA and 200,000* Virginia, very almost outright.

Not one 400,000* today but two 400,000* today! A pair of monster locks with Ohio State-Minnesota on the hardwoods and Pittsburgh-Green Bay on the gridiron PLUS five Super Bowl props. I am absolutely smoking hot right now, and if that’s not what you want to listen to, then there’s nothing else that I can do. But when I brag big-time tomorrow you will be kicking yourself! Super Bowl spread pick and more from Rivers is up now.