Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers betting tips and predictions for Sunday’s NBA game. It’s an all Eastern Conference affair as the Boston Celtics travel up north to take on the Toronto Raptors. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Just when we thought the Boston Celtics were going to make a huge run, they let us down big time. Following their 19-point home loss against Brooklyn, they lost once again and this time it was against the San Antonio Spurs 96-88 on Friday. Jayson Tatum had yet another sub-par shooting night with 9-for-23 shots going in and newly recovered Jaylen Brown finished the game with just 16 points. As a team the Celtics shot just 37% from the field, one of their lowest marks of the entire season so far. Things could get tricky again tonight as they will be without their point-guard Dennis Schroder who will be out with an ankle injury. The Celtics have covered in just 2 of their last 6 games, however they do have a 5-1 SU record in their last 6 vs Toronto.
Bettors haven’t really enjoyed backing the Toronto Raptors this season. In their last 11 games they’ve covered the spread just 3 times and are 3-8 SU during that stretch. Playing at home has been a disaster for them, they’ve covered just once in 11 games there. They could receive a well needed boost in the form of OG Anunoby returning following a hip injury. He has been out for a while, but his status for tonight has been upgraded to questionable which is a good sign. Toronto did beat the Celtics already once this season, in the home opener for the Celtics it finished 115-83. However, the Celtics did get their revenge 104-88 in what was the 2nd game in which Pascal Siakam returned to the Raptors line-up.
Neither team has been consistent as of late, but I think the Celtics have the upper hand coming into this one. Toronto is coming back home from a long 6-game road trip and this could have a negative effect on them. Boston will come out with a ton more energy here and with Jaylen Brown slowly coming back into form I think they’ll have enough to cover the spread here. Take the Celtics to cover.
Toronto Raptors – Boston Celtics Odds
Toronto Raptors – Boston Celtics Predictions
Boston +2.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
The total has been set at a modest 207.5 points here and with both teams averaging around 106 points per game this season, I think that’s a bit too low. Celtics have both Brown and Tatum healthy and playing at a high level and the Raptors could get their leading scorer OG Anunoby back, he is an automatic 20 points per game scorer. The last 10 meetings have averaged 213.9 points per game, while the 3 most recent averaged 215.6 per game, so not much of a difference there. Toronto’s home games have been profitable when betting on the over this season with 5 of 8 cashing on that bet. Overall if we look at their last 8 games, 7 of them have gone over the total. Toronto is averaging 104.9 points per game at home this season. Boston’s average for the season on the road is 105.3 per game, so if both teams can get to their averages we’ll be just fine here. Let’s back the over.
Over 207.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365