The Toronto Raptors (12-13) travel to Boston for an Eastern Conference showdown against the Celtics (12-11). Both Toronto and Boston know each other very well being two of the top teams in the East over the past few seasons most notably meeting in the Eastern Conference semifinals a year ago.
The Raptors and Celtics had a great series that went all the way to game seven leading to the Celtics advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. Read more to find out Raptors at Celtics betting information.
First Meeting Results
For the Celtics and Raptors, this will be the second meeting between the two this season. Back on January 4, the Boston Celtics defeated the Raptors in a big way winning 126-114. In this game, Boston had full control the entire time even though they were outscored in the first and fourth quarters.
This big win was powered by small forward Jayson Tatum’s 40 point game. Rookie Payton Pritchard stepped up in a big way against the Raptors scoring 23 points. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet tried to keep the Raptors in the game leading Toronto with 35 points, but it wasn’t enough.
Toronto will need to keep Tatum under control to have a chance in this one. In the first meeting, Toronto was -200 favorites with the Celtics at +175 winning easily.
Jayson Tatum and Fred VanVleet
The two most important players in this game are Celtics Jayson Tatum and Raptors Fred VanVleet. Tatum is beginning to shine and fulfill the high expectations Boston had for him back when they drafted him No. 1 overall.
On the season Tatum is averaging 26.8 points per game with 6.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Alongside Jaylen Brown the Celtics matchup favorably well against the Raptors. Recently Fred VanVleet broke the undrafted player’s single-game scoring record after he exploded for 54 points.
VanVleet is unquestionably one of the best players on the Raptors and will be the successor to longtime Raptor Kyle Lowry. VanVleet is playing very well averaging 20.7 points per game with 4.3 assists per game and has been a deadly three-point shooter.
The Toronto Raptors will be coming into this game after a late night traveling from Washington D.C. following a game with the Wizards to Boston. Boston has the rest advantage and should take advantage of it.
Both teams like to score with Toronto averaging 113.3 points per game and Boston averaging 110.8 points per game so expect a lot of points between the two. Toronto will need Pascal Siakam to step up in order to stay in and win this game.
OG Anunoby – Questionable (calf)
Marcus Smart – Out (calf)
Romeo Langford – Out (wrist)
Marcus Smart’s defense will be missed in this matchup. Smart, an aggressive defender would be matched up with VanVleet and since he is out with an injury this should allow VanVleet plenty of opportunity to score.
Last Five Games
The Raptors have begun to turn things around of late and are coming of a big win against the Wizards.
The Celtics have been on a little of a hiatus these last five games, but are still the number four seed in the Eastern Conference.
Raptors +4.5 (-110) Moneyline +160 Over/Under 222.5 (-110)
Celtics -4.5 (-110) Moneyline -185 Over/Under 222.5 (-110)
Prediction: Celtics -4.5
Early in the season, the Boston Celtics beat the Raptors easily. Boston matches up extremely well with the Raptors and I expect Boston to play very well against the Raptors once again. The Celtics might be struggling of late, but their latest loss came against the first-place Utah Jazz.
Boston has recently played in a big game leading up to this one and with the Raptors traveling overnight Boston has the advantage. Take the Celtics -4.5 and let Jayson Tatum carry you to the cashier.