If you just looked at the standings, this may just look like a forgone conclusion between the best team in basketball hosting a team looking to climb out of the basement of the Eastern Conference. And while the Boston Celtics should be favored today, they are going to have their hands full facing the Orlando Magic, who are looking for their sixth win in a row and have been playing great basketball lately. Paolo Banchero has been leading the charge averaging 21.6 points and 3.9 assists per game, both stats of which lead the team. Orlando seemingly didn't miss with the No. 1 overall pick.
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Game Date: Dec. 18, 2022
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It's not like the Magic haven't proven they can beat the Celtics, either. Orlando did just that in its last game by a final score of 117-109. Moritz Wagner was the standout on Friday, scoring 25 points while Banchero added 20. It's not like the Magic pulled away late either, as Orlando led for the final 37 minutes. It really helped that Orlando dominated on the glass, outrebounding Boston 53-38.
The Celtics did get good news in the game, though, as Robert Williams returned to the lineup for the first time since playing in the NBA Finals. Williams had left knee surgery in the preseason and scored nine points with five rebounds in nearly 20 minutes in his return.
Jayson Tatum led the team with 31 and Jaylen Brown scored 26 as they were brilliant as usual, but it wasn't enough to mount a rally.
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