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2021 NBA Handicapping
(12-13) Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics (12-11)
Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF | OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 222.5
On Thursday, February 11th the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics meet for the second time this season. Boston won that initial match 126-114 on January 4th.
The Celtics hold the all-time record between the clubs with 58 wins in 98 meetings. Last season, the teams played four times with Boston taking three of four contests.
After getting out to a terrible start this year the transplanted “Tampa Bay” Raptors are in a groove on this Super Bowl road trip up 4-1 and will complete the trip with this match in Boston.
Toronto followed up a 2-8 start to the year with their recent 10-5 record.
The Raptors are also within a game of .500 so a victory this evening would result in both the Raptors and Celtics drawing to .500 on the season.
What might play a factor is this is the second game of a back-to-back set for Toronto who easily dealt with the Wizards 137-115 on Wednesday.
Norman Powell led the scoring with 28 points. Pascal Siakam (26 points) has rediscovered his rhythm and is averaging 25.7 points through the last seven games.
More importantly, his 3-point shot seems to have returned as he’s shooting 9 of 15 through the last three games for 60 percent efficiency.
Kyle Lowry was back after having to leave the Grizzlies match with back spasms scoring 21 points. It was a record-setting night for Fred VanVleet (14) scored from deep for the 57th consecutive game setting a franchise benchmark.
Chris Boucher delivered another double-double of 17 points and 16 rebounds. Terence Davis (13) and Deandre Bembry (10) provided the other double-figure scores.
OG Anunoby (calf) has missed the last eight games but Nick Nurse said they had hoped to get him back at the end of the trip so perhaps he returns for this game.
On the opposite end of the spectrum the Celtics who just finished a five-game road trip in Utah where they amassed a record of 2-3 and have lost five of their last seven games.
They’ll have the rest advantage in this match however as they last played in Utah on Tuesday night.
In that loss, Jaylen Brown returned from missing the prior two games to lead the Celtics with 33 points and eight rebounds.
Jayson Tatum also stepped up with 23 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Daniel Theis scored 15 points as the only other double-figure scorer. Theis connected on a career-high five 3-pointers.
For as much as the Celtics’ recent woes aren’t ideal, their losses were predominantly against playoff seeds such as the Spurs, Lakers, Suns, and Jazz. The other loss was against the Kings who’ve been on a tear of late winning 7 of 9 matches.
Although Brown and Tatum are the core of this Celtics roster the Bean Town crew is missing the presence of Marcus Smart who makes a huge difference on the defensive end of the floor and overall in terms of the club’s grit and energy.
Smart (calf) is projected to return near mid-month. Romeo Langford underwent wrist surgery and will be out up to five months.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- Celtics are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 2-7-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
The two teams know each other very well having battled in both the regular and postseason. They are each in a tough spot as the first game back home is typically tough whereas the final game of a road trip is equally trying.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +4.5
In recent years it’s been the Celtics who have the edge and I’m giving them the nod in this match as well although I think the Raptors keep it close.
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