Raptors vs. Celtics Pick
Are the Toronto Raptors and host Boston Celtics going to flaunt their strong defenses in a low-scoring game tonight when they meet at 7:30PM ET?
805 Toronto Raptors at 806 Boston Celtics, 7:30PM ET
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Raptors are a 4.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 204.5 points.
Toronto opened as a 3.5-point favorite before the spread went up a point, while the total has dropped from 208. The spread is at -4.5 almost everywhere, but can be found at -4. The total is almost unanimously at 204.5, but is also at 204 and 205 at various sportsbooks.
As of Saturday afternoon, 55 percent of public bets are being placed on the visiting Raptors. Online wager info also shows that 60 percent of bets are on the over.
INJURY TO WATCH
Toronto shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (personal) is probable for tonight's game. For the Celtics, power forwards Marcus Morris (ankle) and Al Horford (ankle) are both questionable. Point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) is out until early May. Point guard Marcus Smart (thumb) is out until mid-May. Power forward Daniel Theis (knee) and small forward Gordon Hayward (ankle) are out for the season.
The Raptors are 38-36-1 on overs this season, while the Celtics are 37-37-1. There isn't much knowledge to be gained from that, but my feeling is that the top two teams in the Eastern Conference are going to want to show it can stop the other in a statement game with the playoffs nearing. The under has hit in the last four meetings, so stick with the formula that works.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: RAPTORS/CELTICS UNDER 204.5