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On Monday night, the Orlando Magic will attempt to salvage at least one more game in their season when they take on the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics (-7)
Monday May 23rd, 2010
8:30 ET, TD Banknorth Garden
Orlando Notes: The Magic have put themselves in a boat load of trouble in this series thanks to an offense that has just let the team down. The team shot 41.6 percent, 39.4 percent, and 36.9 percent respectively in Games 1 through 3 of this series. Needless to say, those aren't numbers are going to cut it. It's not as though the defense has failed miserably either. Holding Boston to 95 points or less in all three games should've yielded at bare minimum one victory. F Rashard Lewis was brought to Orlando to play well in situations like this, and he came with the price of a maximum contract. Unfortunately for him and for the Magic, he has only scored a total of 15 points in this series after scoring at least 17 in each of the final three games of the Atlanta series. C Dwight Howard doesn't look overly interested in playing anymore this season. He only scored seven points on 3/10 shooting in Game 3 and picked up a technical foul, his second of this series. If he remains frustrated in Game 4, the Magic stand no chance.
Boston Notes: Only putting 94 points on the board probably wasn't what HC Doc Rivers had in mind for Game 3, but the fact of the matter is that six players scored in double figures in a well rounded effort to take command of this series. F Glen Davis led the way with 17 points for the hosts. F Rasheed Wallace also had ten points off of the bench. G Rajon Rondo is still averaging a double-double with points and assists in this series, and he had yet another productive game on Saturday. Even though he only shot 4/14 from the field, he scored 11 points and dished out a dozen assists. Boston has had three respectable shooting games in this series, including a 46.6 percent effort in Game 3. The team nailed six triples on Saturday, which was only two fewer than Orlando made in spite of the fact that the Magic took 19 more attempts from long range.
Current NBA Betting Odds: Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics – Game 4
Trends of Note: All of the Orlando trends seem to be tainted due to the fact that it has struggled so badly against the C's. The Magic are 6-1 ATS in their L/7 road games against teams with a winning record and are 19-6-1 ATS in their L/26 games following an SU loss of at least ten points. However, looking at some of Boston's betting trends is just mind-boggling. The C's have covered six straight games and are 6-1 ATS in their L/7 home games. They're also 7-1 ATS in their L/8 home games against teams with a winning road record. The road team and the underdog are both 7-1 ATS in the L/8 clashes between these teams.
The Final Word: The Magic have simply had it in this series. There's no way that they are going to be able to rebound from this hole unless they figure out how to shoot the ball. But with the mental distractions and the huge deficit, it's hard to see this series getting back to the Sunshine State.
Free NBA Picks: Boston 98 – Orlando 81