Raptors vs. Celtics - 1/10/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (12-22) at Toronto Raptors (24-11)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -12 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors square off Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Boston Celtics have lost four of their last five games and wrap up a three-game road trip. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 102.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 103.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Jared Sullinger is averaging 13.5 points and 8.1 rebounds while Avery Bradley is averaging 12.8 points and 2.7 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Evan Turner is shooting 46.6 percent from the field. The Boston Celtics remain a team that continues to fight but management has made it clear they want a lottery pick, as they just traded leading scorer Jeff Green to the Memphis Grizzlies. It’ll be interesting to see where the Celtics go from here. Jameer Nelson is questionable for this game with an ankle injury.
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The Toronto Raptors have lost four straight games and play their second home contest of the month. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 107.7 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 101.7 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.7 points and 7.6 assists while Louis Williams is averaging 14.9 points and 1.7 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.5 rebounds and Terrence Ross is shooting 42.5 percent from the field. The Toronto Raptors continue to struggle on the defensive end, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in eight of their last nine games and are allowing teams to shoot 47.5 percent from the field in their last five games. The good news for the Raptors is that these struggles have been on the road and they return home to a place where they’re 14-4 SU this season.
The Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Celtics are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Toronto and 21-9-1 ATS in the last 31 meetings overall.
It's hard to really back the Raptors here with the double-digit points given the way they've played the last week. Also, the Celtics have owned the Raptors over the years ATS. This is one of those games you're probably better off avoiding simply with the recent trade but if forced to pick, I'm taking the points.