Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/5/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (3-1) at Boston Celtics (1-2)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +1.5 -- Over/Under: 205 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, CSN-NE
The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics play Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
The Toronto Raptors are coming off a Tuesday victory over the banged up Oklahoma City Thunder and improve to 3-1 on the season. Despite shooting just 39.5 percent from the field in the win, the Raptors have scored 100 or more points in all four games. The Toronto Raptors have also won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring 100 or more points. DeMar DeRozan has led the charge for Toronto with 46 points and six rebounds in his last two games. Kyle Lowry is coming off his worst performance last night with just nine points on 0-4 shooting from downtown, and he’ll have to perform better with Amir Johnson dealing with an ankle injury. Defensively, the Raptors are allowing 101.3 points on 48.9 percent shooting from the field. As long as Toronto can continue to fill up the cup, the Raptors are going to be tough to beat.
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The Boston Celtics return home after losing back-to-back road games. Surprisingly, the Celtics are one of the top scoring teams in the league early on with an average of 108 points on 45.5 percent shooting from the field. Jeff Green leads Boston with an average of 23 points per game and 5.7 rebounds, while Avery Bradley is averaging 17.7 points per game. Rajon Rondo is shooting just 37.9 percent from the field but does lead the Celtics with an average of 11.7 assists. Rookie Marcus Smart has struggled from the field, as he’s 3-14 in his last two games. Overall, however, it’s going to be interesting to see how long the Celtics can keep up this offensive production. Defensively, the Boston Celtics are allowing 109 points on 48.3 percent shooting.
The Raptors are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Raptors are 1-8-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Boston and 8-21-1 ATS in the last 30 meetings overall.
I think it goes without saying that the Toronto Raptors are the much better team in this matchup. In fact, the only advantage the Celtics may have here is the fact they're catching Toronto on a back-to-back. Still, you'd be crazy to turn down this low line when the gap in talent is so wide.