Free NBA Hoops Pick: Celtics vs Raptors Lines
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(39-29) Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors (45-21)
Date: Friday March 18th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 211
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The Raptors have been playing well as of late and they are in the 2nd spot in the East and they are in the race for the best record in the conference. They have a great defense and host the Celtics north of the border on Friday night.
The Celtics have been solid all season, but they have slipped as of late with 4 losses in their last 5 games and in their last 3.
Boston is in the 4th spot in the East tied with the Miami Heat.
The Celtics have a decent defense ranking 13th in the league in opponents’ points allowed, but their D struggled in their last game losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-109. In that game Boston allowed OKC to shoot 49% from the field.
The Celtics have given up at least 102 ppg in their 3-game skid.
Like the Raptors the Celtics are led by their backcourt, as their top 2 scorers are the guard duo of Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley. Overall, Boston has an offense that ranks 5th in the league in points per game.
This season the Celtics are 15-17 on the road and they have lost their last 3 road games.
This is the 3rd match up of the season between these 2 teams and the Raptors have won both one game at home and one in Boston.
The Raptors are one of the better home teams on the season at 26-8, but they did lose their last game in their house.
Guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are the top 2 scorers for Toronto and they are each averaging over 22 ppg. Jonas Valanciunas is the 3rd leading scorer and leading rebounder and the Raptors will be a more balanced team when SF DeMarre Carroll returns from a knee injury later this month.
The Raptors rank 13th in the league in scoring and 5th in opponents’ points per game.
The Celtics have to concentrate on keeping Lowry and DeRozan from having big scoring games and they can do that they will be in good shape. The Raptors are not a good ball-movement team, as they only rank 29th in the league in assists per game.
These 2 teams face each other twice in the next 3 games with the next game coming at Boston.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- The Raptors have an Over record of 5-2 in their last 7 home games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The Celtics are not playing well as of late and it does not bode well heaing to the Toronto after giving up 130 points in their last game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
The Raptors won and covered against the Celtics in their last game facing them at home and they will do the same in this game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 108 – Celtics 100
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