Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors are aiming to connect back-to-back wins, but in their way standing is the best team in the Eastern Conference the Boston Celtics. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
At 9-2, the Raptors are one of the better home teams in the NBA this season. They’ve won 3 games in a row on thr home floor, beating the likes of Dallas, Cleveland and Orlando. O.G. Anunoby dropped a cool 32 points in the win over Orlando, while Pascal Siakam added 26 and 10 assists eion a very efficient 9-for-15 from the field.
Health has been an issue for Toronto, but with Siakam returning they are once again a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference. Facing Boston will be a tough task, especially when we consider their 0-9 ATS record in the last 9 meetings. Atlantic Division teams have had the Raptors’ number lately beating them 5 times in the last 6 such games.
The Celtics once again proved that the loss against the Miami Heat was just a minor bump on the road. They bounced back against a strong Brooklyn Nets side with a 103-92 win last night. Jaylen Brown continued his stellar play with 34 points, while Jayson Tatum added 29 and 11 rebounds.
It wasn’t the dominant offensive performance we are used to seeing from them, but that’s okay as long as the defense is holding teams to just 92 points. Marcus Smart is once again questionable with a hip injury, he didn’t play in last night’s game and will be a game-time decision here. They might not even need him as in the last 8 meetings they beat Toronto 6 times.
It’s hard to not back the Celtics at this point, nobody seems to be able to stop them. They’ve had the edge against the Raptors, this season they are 8-3 SU on the road. They are yet to go into a game as underdogs. Back Boston to cover on the road.
Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics Predictions & Odds
Last night’s game in Brooklyn proved that the Celtics are able to play lockdown defense when they aren’t scoring 120 points. That’s been something that’s carried them in most road games this season, they’ve gone under the total in 8 of 11 games away from home (including 5 straight), which could be a sign of things to come tonight in Toronto.
The Raptors have also gone under in more games than over when playing at home this season and these two teams are averaging just 217.2 points per game in the last 10 meetings. Pascal Siakam and Anunoby have a ton of length, which should make life difficult for the likes of Tatum and Brown here. Toronto ranks 10th in defensive efficiency, they allow just 109.3 points per 100 possessions. This will be a match-up between the 7th and 13th slowest offenses in the NBA, I think backing the under is the most reasonable bet here, especially at this projected total.