It’s an Atlantic Division battle between two of the top teams from the Eastern Conference up in Beantown. The Toronto Raptors are on the road as they make the trip to face the Boston Celtics Friday night. Toronto is coming off a 106-104 home loss to Detroit in their last game Wednesday night. Boston rolled to a 111-82 throttling of Chicago in their last contest, which came at home Wednesday night. The Celtics lead the all-time regular season series 52-38 but it was the Raptors claiming a 113-103 home win in the first meeting this season on October 19.
Toronto Raptors Hope to Avoid Third Straight Loss
Toronto started the year 12-1 but has suffered back to back losses at home to the Pelicans and Pistons. The Raptors hope that maybe going on the road can help them get back in the win column. Toronto led by 12 at the half, by 11 after three quarters and by as many as 19 in the game but still lost. The Raptors were outscored 29-16 in the fourth, losing on a shot at the buzzer. Toronto shot 48.9 percent from the field despite going just four of 20 from three-point range. The Raptors hurt themselves with a 10 of 17 showing at the free throw line and committed 20 turnovers. Kawhi Leonard led Toronto with 26 points, nine rebounds and three steals in the loss. The Raptors are 3-2-1 ATS on the road this season while the over is 3-3 in their games.
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— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 15, 2018
The Raptors currently are 6th in the league by averaging 116.5 points per game. Toronto stands in the upper third of pack in the league on the glass, ranking 9th with 46.7 boards per game. The Raptors are 8th in the league in assists with 24.9 dimes a night. Toronto is 11th in scoring defense as they give up 109.1 points per game. Kawhi Leonard leads the team with 24.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Kyle Lowry contributes 16.1 points plus 10.7 assists a night while Serge Ibaka (17.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.21 blocks) and Fred VanVleet (9.4 points, 4.5 assists) are solid contributors. Danny Green (9.2 points), Pascal Siakam (14.1 points, 6.5 rebounds), Jonas Valanciunas (13.1 points, 7.5 boards), OG Anunoby, Norman Powell and Delon Wright are all valuable pieces in the rotation for coach Nick Nurse. Powell injured his shoulder last week and is expected to miss four to six weeks. The Raptors are 2nd in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 48.6 percent from the field. Toronto is tied for 11th in the league by sinking 11.4 three pointers per game. The Raptors are 21st in the league in three point shooting as they hit 33.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Boston Celtics Look to Square Season Series with Raptors
Boston bounced back from their 1-4 road trip out west as they took care of Chicago at home Wednesday night. The Celtics look to make it back to back home wins and square their season series with the Raptors with a win here. Boston trailed by five after the opening quarter but took complete control of the game with a 32-11 second quarter edge. The Celtics’ lead didn’t drop below 15 the rest of the way. Boston shot 46.7 percent from the field and knocked down 15 of 34 three point attempts. Boston held Chicago to 39.3 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers in the victory. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 18 points in the win. The Celtics are 3-2 ATS at home this season while the under is 3-2 in those contests.
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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 15, 2018
The Celtics are 24th in the league in scoring offense with 105.6 points per game. Boston is tied for 10th in the league in rebounding with 46.5 boards per game and stand 12th with 23.9 assists per contest. Boston is elite on the defensive end: they are 2nd in scoring defense, allowing 101.9 points per game. Jayson Tatum is second on the team with 15.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest. Kyrie Irving (20.7 points, 5.5 assists), Marcus Morris (14.8 points, 6.8 boards), Gordon Hayward (10 points, 5.4 rebounds), Jaylen Brown (11.8 points) and Al Horford (11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists) are all contributing in the first month of the season. Terry Rozier, Aron Baynes, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis are also looked at to chip in on both ends for Brad Stevens. The Celtics are 28th in field goal percentage as they shoot 42.9 percent from the floor as a team. Boston is 3rd in three pointers per game with 13.5 per night while the team is 10th in three point percentage as they hit 36.1 percent from beyond the arc.
- Celtics are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Celtics are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600
- Raptors are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
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Boston put the boots to Chicago in their return home and they can gain ground in the Atlantic Division race with a win here. The Celtics are relatively healthy at this point in time and they should be able to get on track. Toronto has back to back losses and they’re missing pieces from their rotation. The Raptors have to try and regain their momentum but Boston isn’t a city that has been overly kind to them. Look for the Celtics to take care of business here to make it two straight wins.
Prediction: Boston Celtics -1.5
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Boston showed that they were glad to be home as they took care of business against the Bulls Wednesday night. Toronto has dropped two straight, first getting whipped by New Orleans before melting down to lose at the buzzer to Detroit. The Celtics hope to have Morris back after he missed Wednesday’s game with an illness. Toronto will be without Miles for a couple weeks with a groin injury but hopes that Ibaka plays after he missed Wednesday’s game with a sore knee. Which Atlantic Division team picks up the victory in this contest?
The under is 5-1 in the Raptors’ last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record. Boston has seen the under go 7-2 in their last 9 home games, 8-3 in their last 11 against teams with a winning record and 13-5 in their last 18 when their opponent gave up at least 100 points in their last game. The teams have stayed under the total in four of their last five meetings in Boston and in eight of the last 11 meetings overall. Look for this one to fall under the number thanks to tough defense on both sides.
Prediction: Under 214