The Toronto Raptors (4-4) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (6-2) on Saturday, November 11th. This game will be played at TD Garden in TD Garden and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Raptors vs Celtics
The Raptors Are Coming Off A Win
The Raptors won vs. the Mavericks in their most recent game, ending with a score of 127-116. The Raptors faced the Mavericks as +4 underdogs, achieving both a straight-up and ATS win in the game. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 225.5 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
The Raptors head into today’s action with an overall record of 4-4 and have gone 2-1 over their previous three games. At the moment, the team holds 8th place in the Eastern Conference and 4th place in the Atlantic division.
Against the spread, the Raptors have covered in two straight games and have an overall ATS record of 5-3. Toronto has covered the spread in two straight road games and are 3-1 ATS on the road compared to 2-2 at home.
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
The Celtics’ most recent matchup against the Nets saw Jaylen Brown lead the Celtics with 28 points while shooting 10/19 from the field. Jayson Tatum also added 23 points as the Celtics won the game by a score of 121-107.
The Celtics head into today’s action with an overall record of 6-2 and have gone 3-0 over their previous three games. So far this season, Boston has excelled at home, achieving a 3-0 record, while their record on the road stands at 3-2.
Boston currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 3-4 at this point. Boston has struggled to cover the spread in their last two road games and has an ATS record of 1-3 on the road, while it is 2-1 at home.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Through eight games games, Toronto is averaging 109.6 points per game (23rd). So far, the Raptors are averaging 100 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 15th in made field goals per game.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
Today, the Celtics enter the game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring teams, averaging 120.6 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 15.9 made 3’s per game. One area that the Boston offense will continue to rely on is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, they are the 10th ranked unit in made free-throw per game.
Raptors Team Defense
So far this season, the Raptors defense has been performing well, ranking 8th in the NBA at 108.5 points allowed per contest.
On two point field goal attempts, the Raptors’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 51.4% and allowing 32.5% from beyond the arc.
Celtics Team Defense
Currently, the Celtics’ defense holds the 7th rank in the NBA, allowing 108.4 points per game.
In the terms of takeaways, Celtics are causing 12.8 turnovers per game, ranking 7th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 19th in rejections, averaging 5.2 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Raptors And Celtics
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Pascal Siakam is set to be the main scorer for the Raptors, recording 16 points and shooting 6/12 from the field. This season, he is averaging 17.4 points per game along with 6.9 boards.
On the flip side, our predictions place Jayson Tatum as the leading scorer for the Celtics. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 16 while also collecting 6 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 51.6% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 27.8 points per game.
Raptors vs Celtics Trends
- In their last three road games, Toronto has averaged 116 points per game while allowing 115. The team’s record in this stretch was 2-1 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
- Although Boston has a straight up record of 6-4 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 3-6-1. The team averaged 110 points per game in these games.
- Through their last five games as the betting underdog, the Raptors have a strong record vs the spread going 3-2. Their straight up mark in these contests is 2-3.
- In their last five contests as the favorite, Boston has a poor record vs the spread going 2-2-1. But, they still put together a straight up mark of 3-2.
Raptors vs Celtics Prediction
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Celtics vs. Celtics game, our recommendation is to take the Raptors at +8. Despite our model showing the Celtics winning 111-109, we like Raptors as our point-spread pick.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 220.5 and given that our model is projecting 220 points between the teams, we like the under.
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