Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Celtics vs Raptors Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Boston Celtics taking on the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday January 20 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Boston Celtics (22-20) vs. Toronto Raptors (26-15)
Date: Wednesday January 20
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre – Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -3
NBA Betting Total: 200.5
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This is a matchup of the top two teams in the Atlantic Division. Speaking of Atlantic Toronto was just across the pond last week in London.
These teams are likely to be the top two teams in the division all season long so this one is pretty meaningful.
The Celtics seem to have gotten out of the funk that saw them lose six of seven over a recent stretch. This is a team with some talent but not enough to avoid the ups and downs. It kind of goes with the territory when your top scorer is a sub six foot guard.
I like Isaiah Thomas but he is not an ideal lead dog.
The thing I like best about Boston is their depth but I don’t know why they do not give more minutes to Marcus Smart. He seems like the most likely pairing for Thomas because of his size and he is a good rebounder, something this team needs.
The Celtics are very untraditional and even though I love their coach it does not always work.
After the Cavs it seems there is a lot of competition for that second spot in the East. Toronto should be in that mix all season long. Even if they do have to start playing better at home.
Toronto has one of the best backcourts that nobody really talks about. Kyle Lowry and Demar DeRozan are both 20ppg scorers and they are clutch too. Only James Harden makes more free throws than DD and Lowry is tough as nails.
The Raptors are going to be missing Demare Carroll for a little while so they are mixing and matching up front.
They are hoping that Terrence Ross gets it together but that is a tough thing to figure out.
This is a game where Jonas Valanciunas should be able to get off. The C’s do not have much real size in the middle to bother him. He has been playing pretty well since coming back from a long layoff.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Over is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 road games.
- Celtics are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Raptors are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games.
- Over is 8-1 in Raptors last 9 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free NBA Prediction:
Toronto is not always a great bet at home but I like them in this division game
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -3
The Raptors can drive you crazy but I think they are finding their stride now.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 106 – Boston 96
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