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Raptors vs Celtics NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics
  • Where: Boston at TD Garden
  • Date: Wednesday, April 5th
  • Betting Odds BOS -5, TOR +170 | BOS -209 O/U OFF

The Raptors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 40-39. So far, the team has gone 41-37-1 against the spread. Toronto comes into the game having rattled off 2 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 20.0 points.

The Raptors will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Hornets by a score of 120-100. Heading into the game, they were 15 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Toronto was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Hornets to cut into their 12 point halftime lead. In the win, Pascal Siakam led the team in scoring with 22 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.

The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 54-25. So far, the team has gone 41-36-2 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Boston is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.

Boston will be gunning to get in the win column vs Toronto, as they previously lost to the 76ers by a score of 103-101. However, because they entered as 4 point underdogs, they came away with an ATS win. Boston was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 7. In the loss, Derrick White led the team in scoring with 26 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Celtics picked up the win 116-110 win over the Raptors. Heading into the game, Boston was the 1.5 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. So far this season, the Celtics have a record of 2-0 vs the Raptors. Last year, the Raptors saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Celtics, averaging 103.75 points per game. Like the Raptors, the Celtics scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 102.0 points per game vs Toronto. The Celtics have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 7 points per game. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 1-4. Combined, they averaged 211 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Through 79 games, Toronto is averaging 113.1 points per game (23rd). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Raptors are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.1 per contest. Not only is the team one of the more deliberate units in the NBA, they have yet to find their shooting stroke, ranking just 26th in the league in field goal percentage 45.9%.

So far, the Raptors have played well defensively, as they are ranked 7th in the league at 107.1 points per contest.

Power-Foward Pascal Siakam currently leads the Raptors at 24.2 points per game. For the season, he is 48th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 20.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Siakam is averaging 7.9 boards and 5.9 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 23rd ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Fred VanVleet enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 67 games, he is averaging 19.6 and is 107th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Boston will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 118.1 points per game (4th). The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 16.0 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 17.7 made free-throws per game.

So far, the Celtics have played well defensively, as they are ranked 1st in the league at 104.48 points per contest.

A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Celtics 2nd leading scorer, Jaylen Brown. In his 66 games, Brown is averaging 26.7 points per game while dishing out 3.4 assists and grabbing 6.8 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Jayson Tatum, who leads the team and is 6th in the NBA at 30.2 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 46.5% of his field goal attempts while taking 23.9% of the team’s shots from the floor.

Raptors vs Celtics Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Celtics -5
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF