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Celtics vs Raptors NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors
- Where: Toronto at Scotiabank Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds TOR +2, BOS -127 | TOR +104 O/U OFF
So far, the Celtics have put together an overall record of 34-12, while going 25-20-1 vs the spread. Over the team’s 8 game win streak, they have an average scoring differential of 11.88 points per game.
Boston is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Warriors. Going into the game, they were 6 point favorites against the spread. Their 121-118 victory was not enough to cover. Boston needed a strong 4th quarter effort in this game, as Warriors held a 7 point lead heading into the 4th. Leading the team in scoring was Jayson Tatum, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 33.3% of his shots.
The Raptors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 20-26. So far, the team has gone 22-24-0 against the spread. Today, the Raptors will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -5.0 points per contest.
In their previous game, the Raptors were favored to win vs the Timberwolves. However, their 128-126 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Toronto went on to lose the game despite leading by 10 heading into halftime. In the loss, Scottie Barnes led the team in scoring with 29 points on a field goal percentage of 73.3%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Celtics saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Raptors, averaging 102.0 points per game. Like the Celtics, the Raptors scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 103.75 points per game vs Boston. When looking at how these teams have performed against the spread in recent matchups, the Celtics hold the edge at 4-1. However, the average scoring margin in these matchups has been tight, sitting at just -1 points per game. Boston and Toronto averaged a combined 209 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Boston offense is the 2nd ranked unit in the NBA, at 118.8 points per contest. The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.5 made 3’s per game. A key to the team’s offensive success is their ability to knock down outside shots, as they are ranked 2nd in 3-point shots made per game. Their overall offensive numbers could go up if they begin to play at a faster pace. So far, they are below the league average in possessions per contest.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Celtics are giving up an average of 104.48 points per game, good for 1st in the NBA.
Jaylen Brown is expected to play a key role in Boston’s scoring efforts against the Toronto today, as Jayson Tatum is unavailable. Tatum is the team’s leading scorer this season with 31.2 points per game. Brown is 2nd in scoring for the team with 26.9 points per game, which ranks him 15.0th in the NBA. In his 41 games, he has hit 49.5% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 7.1 rebounds per game.
The Raptors come into today’s game as the 22nd ranked scoring offense at 112.5 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Raptors will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.8 made 3’s per game. If Toronto continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 25th in the league in possessions per game.
So far, the Raptors have played well defensively, as they are ranked 7th in the league at 107.1 points per contest.
On offense, Pascal Siakam leads the Raptors in scoring at 25.1 points per game, placing him 19th in the NBA. Overall, Siakam has hit 47.5% of his shots while accounting for 20.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 3rd in points allowed to power-fowards. At 17.5 points per game, OG Anunoby is the 2nd leading scorer for the Raptors. For the season, he is 208th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 45.6%.
Celtics vs Raptors Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Raptors +2
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF