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(55-20) Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics (52-23)
Date: Saturday March 31
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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The top two eastern teams tip off as the Toronto Raptors arrive at TD Garden to face the Boston Celtics. Both squads won their last game.
Last season, the Raptors won three of four while the teams have split their two matches this season. The squads play the final two games of the regular season series Saturday and this coming Wednesday, April 4. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 51 of their 87 matches.
For the first time since February 24 Toronto got consecutive days off. Putting this into perspective the Celtics had two days off in a row five times during the same stretch.
Therefore, once the Raptors 11 game win streak ended signs of weary legs showed up particularly on the defensive end of the floor.
To wit, allowing the Thunder and Cavaliers to register 132 within days of each other was the first time all season the top five ranked defense allowed anyone to score that many points.
Prior to this the Raptors had allowed teams to score over 120 points just five times and two of those games came in overtime.
Toronto holds a three game cushion on the Celtics, so these two games within five days should determine the east’s top seed. With seven games remaining, the magic number for the Raptors to clinch that top seed is five. With one more win the Raptors tie the franchise record of 56 wins.
Entering the season the Celtics were expected to repeat as the Eastern Conference top seed. Six minutes into the season’s first game the narrative changed when Gordon Hayward suffered a tragic injury.
Still, Kyrie Irving led his young charges on a 16 game win streak and built a sizeable lead atop the East. But, as the schedule tightened and road trips to the opposite coast occurred the team settled in closer to the mean.
Coach Brad Stevens has managed copious injuries, not the least of which is Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart, both of which may miss the first round and longer in the postseason.
They are firmly set in second with their eyes on the first seed, so like Toronto they’ll approach these two head to head games with a view to landing the top spot.
Al Horford and Marcus Morris both sat last game nursing ankle injuries, but odds are they’ll suit up for this important game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings.
- Raptors are 7-3 in last 10 head to head contests.
- Over Under is 3-7 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Fourth quarter should be interesting as Celtics rank 4th offensively versus Raptors top ranked defense in this final frame. The other telling stat may be the Raptors are 3-0 on three days rest while the Celtics are 5-6 on two days rest.
Both squads want this win so expect a playoff type performance.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: UPDATE (Raptors -4.5 favorites) take the Celtics ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 107- Celtics 103
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