Celtics vs. Raptors Prediction
The Celtics have owned the Raptors from a betting standpoint in previous meetings between the two clubs, but will Boston score a win for bettors on Monday night in Toronto at 7:30 p.m. ET?
541 Boston Celtics (+2.5) at 542 Toronto Raptors (-2.5); o/u 218
7:30 p.m. ET, Monday, March 28, 2022
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Boston Celtics DFS Notes
Jayson Tatum scored 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, one block, one steal, five triples, and three turnovers in 34 minutes on Sunday. Tatum continued his insane month with this performance in a dominant win over the Timberwolves. He’s now averaging a line of 33.7/6.8/4.8 on 53.9/46.6/91% shooting splits in March. While the MVP race will likely come down to Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic, the Celtics are now the top seed in the East and Tatum has been playing out of his mind. It’s likely too late for Tatum to receive real consideration, but fantasy managers are thrilled with this tear he’s been on. There’s no reason to think he won’t maintain it.
Toronto Raptors DFS Notes
Pascal Siakam played 31 minutes in Saturday’s 131-91 win over the Pacers, accumulating 23 points (10-of-15 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), six rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one 3-pointer. Raptors coach Nick Nurse has largely stuck with his preferred options for most of this season, which resulted in guys like Siakam tallying some hilarious minutes totals on occasion. Back-to-back easy wins over the Cavaliers and Pacers have gotten Spicy P some extra rest, which could prove beneficial as the Raptors enter the stretch run. The 31 minutes are the fewest that Siakam has played in a game since December 28, when he logged 30 in a blowout of the Nets.
Celtics vs. Raptors NBA Betting Prediction
The Celtics are 8-0 against the spread in their last eight games in Toronto and are 10-4 against the number in their last 14 games versus the Raptors. Boston is also 5-2-1 against the spread in its last eight games as an underdog, is 4-1 against the number in its last five road games and has cashed in four of its last five games overall. The Raptors, meanwhile, are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: BOSTON CELTICS +2.5