NBA Picks: Sunday Picks of the Day

Steven Suarez

Sunday, February 2, 2014 3:49 PM GMT

We have come up with a spread and total pick for the one game on the agenda on Super Bowl Sunday. Where are we going with our NBA picks?

Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics: ATS Pick

The Celtics are favored by six points for this afternoon's game at home. On the season they're 15-33 SU and 22-25-1 ATS, while the Magic are 13-35 SU and 20-28 ATS.

At home this year, Boston has gone 9-15 SU and 9-14-1 ATS, with Orlando at a miserable 3-21 SU and 9-15 ATS on the road.

It's tough to get behind either of these teams to be honest. The Celtics have lost four games in a row and haven't cashed for backers in any of those defeats. They've gone a miserable 1-7 SU (2-6 ATS) over their previous eight contests.

But it's not like the Magic have been better. They were able to get on the winning side in a 113-102 win over Milwaukee, but they've still lost three of four and are 3-7 SU in their last 10 matchups overall. One of the few positives for the team lately has been the return of starting center Nikola Vucevic, who appears fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms.

We've already had three meetings between these teams this season. They split two encounters in Orlando and sandwiched in between there was a 120-105 home win for the Celtics.

Injury wise, Jameer Nelson has been ruled out for tonight's game, while Rajon Rondo is questionable and Avery Bradley is probable.

When it comes down to making our final NBA picks, we feel it's in our best interest to take the home team. The Celtics should be able to overcome a Magic team that's been horrendous on the road, while being without Nelson is a big blow too.

Pick: Celtics -6 

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Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics: O/U Pick

Both teams have been seeing the UNDER hit consistently this season. It's a trend that's gone 29-19 for Boston, while it's gone 27-21 for Orlando thus far.

The UNDER has also cashed in two of the three head-to-head meetings this year, though it was the OVER that easily hit the mark in that win for Boston at home (O/U of 191).

Over Boston's last five games, they've given up an average of 101.2 PPG on 46.7 percent shooting overall. In that same span for Orlando, they've allowed 101.6 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting.

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Offensively, the effectiveness hasn't been there, with the Celtics averaging 91.4 PPG and the Magic at 97.8 PPG in each team's past five. For Boston, Rajon Rondo is getting back to his old self slowly but surely, but his return hasn't exactly transformed Brad Stevens' team into an offensive juggernaut.

There are a lot of good young pieces on both sides of the equation here though. Jared Sullinger has had his moments this season and Avery Bradley and Jeff Green have contributed offensively as well. The Magic have gotten more than they could have asked for with rookie Victor Oladipo, and Vucevic, Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis and Tobias Harris are all capable of big scoring nights.

With that said, let's bank on the OVER cashing as we look for more of a fast pace in this day game.

Many will shy away from a total play, but for those insisting on making a selection, consider the OVER as one of your sports picks. Both teams are middle-of-the-road in terms of offensive efficiency, so let's see if that holds true again this afternoon.

Pick: OVER 191

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