The Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics meet this Saturday in what could be a preview of this year’s Eastern Conference Finals. So far this season, they have split their two matchups. Who will gain the upper-hand after this tilt in Boston?
Betting Preview for the Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics NBA Regular Season Game on March 31 2018
Where: TD Garden
When: March 31, Saturday, 7:30PM EST
Line: Toronto Raptors (n/a) vs Boston Celtics (n/a)– view current NBA betting lines
TV Broadcast: NBATV, CSNE
Betting on the Toronto Raptors (55-20)
The Raptors will come into this game well-rested, as they last took to the court on Tuesday, when they beat the Denver Nuggets at home, 114-110. Toronto, however, is a little bit shaky of late. The Raptors are 3-3 Su in their last six games, a stretch that included losses to Oklahoma City, Cleveland, and the LA Clippers. Their wins over that span, meanwhile, were against crappy teams in Orlando, Brooklyn, and the struggling Denver squad. Even though the Raptors are on pace to notch the Eastern Conference’s best regular-season record, they still need to beat a quality team like Boston to help build their morale heading into the postseason. The Raptors are shooting well from the outside when up against the Celtics. In Toronto’s 111-91 win in Boston on Feb. 6, the Raptors knocked down 17 three-pointers. In two games in this regular-season series, Toronto has made 13.5 three-pointers on 45.0 percent shooting from deep.
The Raptors are 3-2 ATS in their last five games at TD Garden.
Betting on the Boston Celtics (51-23)
After a four-game road trip, the Celtics will head back home for a marquee matchup with Toronto. The Celtics are 3-2 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five games at TD Garden. Boston is undermanned in this matchup with Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart because of injuries. Irving has a procedure done on his knee, while Smart is still recovering from a hand injury. That said, the Celtics beat Toronto on the road on Nov. 12, 95-94, without Irving, thanks to the tandem of Al Horford and Jaylen Brown, who scored 21 and 18 points respectively. Horford scored just two points in the next meeting with Toronto, though, while Brown only had 11, so both will have to recover their original forms in this regular-season series. Terry Rozier leads the Celtics in this matchup with 17.0 points in the two meetings. The Celtics will also rely on its stout defense that ranks third in the NBA as of this writing with only 100.2 points allowed per game.
Toronto wins, 111-102.
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