TV: CSN-New England, FS-Florida, DTV: 630, 654, 752, 753
This one tips at 6 PM EST and would go with the Celtics to win and cover the spread (-2); head coach Brad Stevens crew is favored in this one and rightfully so given the recent return of point guard Rajon Rondo. He will probably still not be playing heavy minutes, but as he finds his way then we might see the Celts develop into a playoff threat. Granted, that is a long time away, but the league is better with Rondo’s feistiness and if he meets LeBron James in a playoff series? You can bet will be watching, because there is a legitimate chance that a player could be maimed or seriously injured int that physical of a series. Those two just do not seem to like each other, and it shows pretty clearly out on the court.
The Magic will be missing Nikola Vucevic and even though they are at home, just do not see them getting the win in this one. Shooting Victor Oladipo has a bright future, but just in the present they might be due for a loss.
One more preview coming at you today, and then be sure to keep an eye out for some more hot cakes later on.