Raptors vs. Celtics Prediction
A night after rolling past Cleveland, will the Boston Celtics be able to do the same to the Toronto Raptors tonight at 7PM ET?
561 Toronto Raptors vs. 562 Boston Celtics
Saturday, December 28, 2019
7PM ET – TD Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, the Celtics are favored at home in this one, as they are getting odds of -6 points against the Raptors. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216 points. The public betting currently is unavailable for this game. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Raptors without key pieces
Toronto continues to be short-handed and the Raptors are coming off a 118-102 loss at home to the Celtics on Christmas Day. They also suffered an OT loss at Indiana on Monday. Toronto is 21-10 on the season, 8-6 on the road, 18-13 against the spread and 16-14-1 with the over.
The Raptors are putting up 111.7 points per game on offense this season while shooting 45 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from the arc. Defensively, the Raptors are giving up 106.8 points per game while opponents shoot just 42.2 percent against them. Toronto continues to be without Pascal Siakam, Norman Pwell and Marc Gasol due to injuries. Siakam and Powell combined for nearly 40 points per game. Kyle Lowry is the current leader with 20.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists per contest. Fred VanVleet is adding 18.1 points and 7.0 assists per game.
Celtics on fire
Boston is riding a five-game win streak right now following a 129-117 win at home over Cleveland on Friday evening. They have won their last four by at least 12 points. Boston is now 22-7 on the season, 13-1 at home, 18-9-2 against the spread and 16-13 with the under.
The Celtics are putting up 112 points per game on offense this season while shooting 46 percent as a team and 36 percent from the arc. Defensively, Boston is giving up just 103.7 points per game while limiting opponents to 43.6 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is leading the team with 22.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Jaylen Brown is adding 20.2 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He is riding back-to-back 30+-point games as well.
NBA Betting Trends
The Raptors are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games as a favorite and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
The Celtics are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games against a winning team.
Boston has had Toronto’s number this season, winning both meetings by at least six points. I would expect more of the same today. Boston is coming off a game on Friday, but the Raptors are too beat up to be able to compete with the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is really playing well right now and he is coming off a hot game in Toronto on Christmas Day. He should continue to ride that momentum tonight. The Raptors just don’t have the horses to get into an offensive battle with the Celtics right now.
NBA Prediction: Boston Celtics -6