Tip: 8:00 PM Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN, ESPN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: James Capers, Derrick Collins and Josh Tiven
The Celtics lead the season series, 2-0. The C's held Orlando to a franchise low 56 points in a 31-point blowout on Jan. 23. Three days later the Celtics rallied from a 27-point deficit to beat the Magic 91-83 in Orlando. Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen did not play in either game.
Get it to: Kevin Garnett
Who guards KG – Ryan Anderson or Glen Davis? I like the Ticket in both match-ups.
Gotta stop: Orlando's three-point shooting
If the Celtics defend the perimeter the same way they did in New York, the Magic will burn them. Orlando made 11-of-18 3s in Monday's win over Philly. The Magic are 23-3 when shooting at least 40% from 3. Watch out for Ryan Anderson, JJ Redick, Jason Richardson and Jameer Nelson. The good news? With Dwight Howard out, there's no Magic worthy of a double-team.
The Wild Card: Injuries/Rest
Mickael Pietrus (knee), Ray Allen (ankle) are nursing injuries. Paul Pierce (thigh, toe) and Rajon Rondo (back, wrist) are also banged up. Who will go and who will get rest? The decision rests with Doc Rivers. Orlando is missing Dwight Howard. The Celtics are on the second night of a back-to-back, while the Magic did not play Tuesday.
How we see it goin' down
This is a tough one to project because of all the Celtics injuries. This game matters because the Magic hold a half-game lead over the Celtics in the race for home-court advantage in the 1st round of the playoffs.
If a depleted Celtics team were good enough to beat the Magic with Dwight Howard, then they should be able to beat them tonight.
BOS 93 – ORL 84