The Boston Celtics (9-2) travel to face off against the Toronto Raptors (5-6) on Friday, November 17th. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Scotiabank Arena 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 76ers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
The Celtics beat the 76ers in their most recent game, ending with a score of 117-107. Before the game, the Celtics were the underdogs with a +1 point advantage, securing both a straight-up and ATS victory. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 223.5 points in which the two teams surpassed.
Over the Celtics’ last five games, they are 4-1 and come in with an overall record of 9-2. In their 11 games, the Celtics have gone 9-1 against Eastern Conference teams and 0-1 in non-conference action.
Against the spread, Boston have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 6-4 ATS. In their four most recent home games, Boston has covered the spread and they are 4-1 ATS at home compared to 2-3 on the road.
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Raptors is coming off a loss to the Bucks in their latest game, ending with a score of 128-112. the Raptors not only lost the game outright but also fell short of covering the spread as +2 point underdogs. The over/under line entering this matchup was 224.5 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
The Raptors have a below .500 record of 5-6 as they seek to come out on top vs. the Celtics. On the road, the Raptors have gone 2-3 so far this season compared to their 3-3 mark at home.
Toronto currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 5-6 at this point. During this season, Toronto has a 1-2 record against the spread as favorites and 4-4 as underdogs.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
The Celtics come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 119.4 points per game (5th). So far, the Celtics are averaging 97.6 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Even though the team has preferred to play at a slower pace, their effective field goal percentage of 56% has helped them with their overall scoring numbers.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Toronto has recorded an average of 108.5 points per game (26th) throughout 11 games games. Coming into today’s game, the Raptors will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.1 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Toronto offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 26th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Celtics Team Defense
In the current season, the Celtics defense has excelled, sitting 4th in the NBA by allowing 106.0 points per game.
In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Celtics defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 49.9% while allowing 34.4% from downtown.
Raptors Team Defense
At present, the Raptors’ defense is ranked 8th, allowing 110.9 points per game.
In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Raptors defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 53.9% while allowing 35.6% from downtown.
Key Players For The Celtics And Raptors
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Jayson Tatum will be the primary scorer for the Celtics, with 18 points and going 7/12 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 28.5 points per game, in addition to 8.8 rebounds.
On the other side, Pascal Siakam is our projected leading scorer for the Raptors. We have him ending the game with a team-high 15 and grabbing 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 46.8%, and he is contributing 18.7 points per game on average.
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 109 points per game.
- Across their ten previous home games, Toronto has an ATS mark of 5-5. Their straight up record in these matchups was 4-6 while averaging 109 points per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Raptors have an ATS mark of just 2-3 in their last five games. Toronto posted a straight up mark of 2-3 in these matchups.
- As the betting favorite, the Celtics have an ATS record of 3-0 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 3-0.
For a point-spread bet in this Celtics vs. Raptors matchup, we’re leaning towards the Raptors at +7. Although our projections show the Celtics winning 113-109, we suggest placing your bet on the Raptors for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 217.5, and our model projects the Celtics and Raptors to reach a combined total of 222 points. Our bet is on taking the over.
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