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(39-15) Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors (36-16)
Date: Tuesday February 6
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
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The Boston Celtics arrive at the Air Canada Centre to face the Toronto Raptors. Entering the game the Celtics are on a four game win streak. The Raptors have won four of their last five games.
Boston won the initially meeting this season by one point. However, in the teams last nine head to head matches the Raptors hold a 6-3 edge with all losses coming on the road. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 51 of their 86 matches.
The Celtics are the league’s best defensive squad and sit atop the East. They’ve navigated a myriad of injuries and with the trade deadline this Thursday (February 8) it’s expected GM Danny Ainge will be active.
Ainge’s first move came without the need to trade assets or give up picks as Boston was able to offer Greg Monroe the most money. Monroe’s addition comes at a critical time as the Celtics are in need of offense having ranked 29th in January.
Several core contributors have missed games recently. The most significant of which is Kyrie Irving (quad contusion) who has sat the past four games.
Marcus Morris (hip) missed the last two games and Shane Larkin (knee) hasn’t played in the past four games. All three are questionable for the game in Toronto.
Marcus Smart (hand laceration) remains out until mid February. The more interesting news regarding Smart is rumors he’s being shopped as a trade asset.
On paper it’s hard not to cite the Raptors as the deeper, better overall squad. Entering this week Toronto are the only team who ranks top five in the main three stat categories of offense (4th), defense (3rd) and net differential (3rd).
Moreover, the Raptors have completed their entire opposite coast games, boast the league’s best home record (21-4) and are one of six squads with plus .500 road records.
Some positive news for the Raptors is Norman Powell has seemingly rediscovered the form which led to the Raptors re-signing him. Additionally, Jonas Valanciunas is arguably playing the best ball of his professional career.
Valanciunas is shooting over 40 percent from deep, protecting at the rim and even his defense is improved.
Toronto are in the middle of their longest home stand (four games) this season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games.
- Over is 7-3 in Raptors last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 head to head meetings.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction: Line is off – bet on best record in NBA
Toronto trail Boston by two games in the loss column. In the first meeting the Celtics slowed the pace and played physical, aggressive defense. Expect Toronto to attempt to push the pace in this meeting and jump on the Celtics early.
This could be Monroe’s Celtics debut, which offers an interesting matchup with Valanciunas who will surely test Monroe’s defense by stretching him out to the arc.
Officials allowed a physical style in the first outing which played to Boston’s advantage.
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Toronto had this game circled since November 11 and don’t just want a victory, rather they want to deliver a definitive message.
NBA Free Score Prediction: 111 – 103
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