Celtics vs. Raptors Prediction
The host Toronto Raptors will continue their season tonight with a tough home matchup tonight against the Boston Celtics. Will Toronto cover the spread in its second regular season game with Kawhi Leonard?
Friday, October 19, 2018
Scotiabank Arena at 8:05PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Raptors are a 2.5-point favorite to win on the spread line. The total is set at 208.5 points. As of Friday morning, 76 percent of public bets are coming in on visiting Boston. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Celtics cruise in season opener
Boston outscored visiting Philadelphia by at least five points in each of the final three quarters Tuesday night to roll to a 105-87 victory in its season opener. Jayson Tatum led the way with 23 points as he shot 9-of-17 from the floor. Tatum added nine rebounds and three assists. Marcus Morris contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds and two steals off the bench. Jaylen Brown contributed 12 points, five rebounds and two assists. Gordon Hayward added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes after missing last season with a leg injury.
Leonard puts up double-double
Kawhi Leonard tallied 24 points and 12 rebounds in his regular season debut with the Raptors, shooting 9-of-22 from the floor. The Raptors eased to a 116-104 victory in the opener at home over the Cavs. Kyle Lowry had a team-best 27 points along with eight rebounds as he shot 10-of-12 from the floor including 5-of-6 on 3-point attempts. Super sub Fred VanVleet had 14 points and five assists. Pascal Siakim recorded 13 points, two rebounds and two assists. Danny Green added 11 points and five boards.
NBA Betting Trends
The over is 4-0 in the last four Celtics games on Fridays. Boston is 0-6 ATS in its last six meetings in Toronto.
The over is 6-1 in the last seven Raptors home games. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Toronto.
This will be a much tougher matchup for Toronto than Cleveland provided on Wednesday. With an extra day to prepare and a roster that has the pieces to match up well with Toronto, I like Boston's chances to make an early statement here and cover the small spread if not win outright.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: BOSTON CELTICS +2.5