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(53-24) Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors (55-22)
Date: Wednesday April 4
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -7
NBA Betting Total: 206
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Boston utilized a zone defense late in the game to defeat Toronto on Saturday. Both squads are on second game of a back to back set entering off losses to the Bucks and Cavaliers respectively.
Last season, the Raptors won two of three in the season series, but this year the Celtics are up two games to one with this match being the final game of the season series. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 52 of their 88 matches.
Boston has been stellar utilizing their defensive prowess and fourth quarter offense to shock teams and prior to the loss in Milwaukee had won six in a row.
Tuesday’s loss makes this a must win given if Boston want to catch Toronto and win the top seed for playoffs. The emphasis on taking the top spot is because Boston will be without two key players for the first round.
Kyrie Irving (knee) specifically will be missed, so the hope is his return is closer to three weeks than six. Moreover, Marcus Smart (thumb) being out six to eight weeks removes a key defender and arguably the heart and soul of the team.
Terry Rozier who suffered an ankle injury on Saturday to Toronto did not play in Milwaukee nor did Shane Larkin (illness) and that status is questionable in Toronto.
Most of this season several talking heads and former players have refused to give credit to the Raptors for their achievements. Instead the narrative has been until they win in the playoffs they can’t be taken seriously.
So the timing of a 3-5 record has only served to shine a spotlight on these comments. Nevermind Toronto had won 11 in a row, was the only team prior to Sunday to defeat the Rockets in 29 games or still ranks top six defensively and top three offensively (and in net differential).
That said, stopping the bleeding with a win over Boston is imperative so the squad can regain some mojo, secure the top seed and carry some momentum into the playoffs.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 head to head contests.
- Raptors are 6-4 in last 10 head to head meetings.
- Over Under is 3-7 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
There is a reason teams play 82 games with history favoring top ranked teams and most consistent squads winning when it matters most.
A win by Toronto would give them the tiebreaker edge given their conference record. Moreover, it would give them a three game margin in the loss column with just four games remaining.
In second nights of back-to-back sets Boston is 8-4 and Toronto 7-5. However, in those scenarios the Celtics primarily played lottery teams (8) whereas Toronto faced more playoff seeds (7).
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics ATS
Toronto hasn’t lost three in a row all season and are desperate to put an end to their current malaise. Kyle Lowry took ownership for the loss in Cleveland, so expect an inspired effort from him. Still, I like Celtics to cover the spread.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 108 – Celtics 103
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