The Boston Celtics (30-9) travel to face off against the Toronto Raptors (15-24) on Monday, January 15th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and televised on NBCS. The Celtics are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Raptors are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Rockets. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Celtics vs Raptors
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
The Celtics picked up a win over the Rockets in their latest game, finishing with a score of 145-113. The Celtics not only won the game but also covered the spread as -15-point favorites. Before the game, the over/under line was 227 points, and both teams ended up surpassing that mark.
Coming into today’s game against the Raptors, the Celtics are looking to stay above .500. So far, they are 30-9 overall. When playing on the road this season, the Celtics are 11-9, while they are 19-0 at home.
So far, Boston’s ATS record is below .500 at 18-19. During this season, Boston has a 16-18 record against the spread as favorites and 2-1 as underdogs.
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their latest game against the Jazz, Pascal Siakam was the top scorer for the Raptors’ offense, scoring 27 points and shooting 8/14 from the field. While Scottie Barnes was 2nd on the team with 19 points, Toronto fell short in the game with a final score of 145-113.
The Raptors are 15-24 overall this season as they prepare to face the Celtics. In Eastern Conference games, the Raptors are 9-17 compared to 6-7 in non-conference play.
Against the spread, Toronto have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 20-19 ATS. Toronto has gone 7-8 against the spread this season when they are the favorites, and they are 13-11 when playing as underdogs.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Boston offense is the 5th ranked unit in the NBA, at 121.4 points per contest.
Heading into their matchup with the Raptors, the Celtics are one of the top-scoring teams in the NBA, averaging 121.4 points per game (5th). However, they have been even better at home, where they are averaging 124.4 points per game (4th).
When it comes to their offensive style, the Celtics are a three-point shooting team. They lead the league in three-point attempts (42.8 per game) and are hitting 37% of their shots from beyond the arc (9th).
In terms of pace, Boston is 16th in the NBA, averaging 99 possessions per game. They are also 11th in field goal percentage (48%) and 5th in true shooting percentage.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
In 39 games games, Toronto has an average of 115.5 points per game (17th).
This season, the Raptors have been one of the best teams in the league at getting to the free-throw line, ranking 17th in attempts per game. They have made an average of 16.7 free throws per game, which is 22nd in the NBA.
When it comes to three-point shooting, Toronto has been below average, making just 36% of their attempts. They are 19th in the league in three-point shooting and 24th in made threes per game (11.9).
Overall, the Raptors are 17th in the NBA in scoring at 115.5 points per game. At home, they are averaging 113.2 points compared to 117.5 on the road. In terms of pace, Toronto is 17th in the league at 99 possessions per game.
Celtics Team Defense
At present, the Celtics’ defense is ranked 9th, allowing 111.6 points per game. Boston’s defense is currently forcing 12.3 turnovers per game, which is 7th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 2nd in blocked shots, with an average of 6.4 rejections per game.
Raptors Team Defense
Currently, the Raptors’ defense holds the 20th rank in the NBA, allowing 117.1 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Raptors are forcing 12.8 per game, which is 13th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 18th in blocked shots at 4.9 per game.
Key Players For The Celtics And Raptors
For today’s matchup, we project Jayson Tatum to lead the scoring for the Celtics, putting up 26 points and shooting at a rate of 9/18. This season, he is averaging 27.4 points per game along with 8.3 boards.
As for Toronto, Pascal Siakam is projected to be the primary scorer for the Raptors. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 22, and adding 7 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 52.6% and is averaging 22.3 points per contest.
Celtics vs Raptors Trends
- Across their three previous road games, Boston has an ATS mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 1-2 while averaging 117 points per game.
- Toronto has a 1-4 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 125 points per game while allowing 131. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the underdog, Toronto has an ATS mark of 5-5 while going 2-8 straight up.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Celtics have a straight up record of 8-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 5-5.
Celtics vs Raptors Prediction
For a point-spread bet in this Celtics vs. Raptors matchup, we’re leaning towards the Raptors at +8. Although our projections show the Celtics winning 116-114, we suggest placing your bet on the Raptors for the point-spread.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 241.5, and our model predicts the Celtics and Raptors to score a combined 230 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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