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Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors - 3/26/14

Toronto Raptors (39-30) at Boston Celtics (23-47)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics +3.5 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNN

The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics will play Wednesday night at the TD Garden. This is the third of four scheduled meetings this season, and the two teams split the first two matchups.

The Toronto Raptors are coming off a Tuesday 102-100 road loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s the Raptors fourth loss in their last six games. On the season, the Toronto Raptors average 101 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allow 97.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting. However, the Raptors defense has slipped lately, as Toronto is allowing 108.8 points in its last five games. The Raptors have allowed 100-plus points in five of their last six games. The Toronto Raptors are 42-26-1 ATS overall and 23-11 ATS on the road.

Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors - 3/26/14

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The Boston Celtics will play their first game since a Friday loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics have lost six of their last seven games. On the season, the Boston Celtics average 95.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allow 99.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Boston point guard Avery Bradley is shooting 50.7 percent from the field in his last five games and has scored 20-plus points in two straight games. Besides Bradley, the Celtics continue to have problems putting points on the board, as they’ve scored 100-plus points in just three times in their last eight games. The Boston Celtics are 35-34-1 ATS overall and 16-19-1 ATS at home. 

The Raptors are 18-7 ATS in their last 25 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Celtics are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The home team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings, while the Raptors are 0-8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Boston. 

Toronto has been a covering machine all season and is bound to snap out of its losing stretch eventually. There’s no better time than against the lousy Celtics.

Take the Raptors and the slight chalk. 

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Toronto Raptors -3.5

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