Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics - 10/30/13
Boston Celtics (41-40) at Toronto Raptors (34-48)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -8.5 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors kick off the new season with a visit from the new look Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
Head to head, the Celtics are 18-7-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings and 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Toronto while the home team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the favorite is 11-4-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings
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The Toronto Raptors had a fairly standard offseason in terms of player movement, however, their big summer acquisition came in the front office as they managed to lure Masai Ujiri away from Denver to take up the GM role vacated by Brian Colangelo. The reigning GM of the year didn’t waste any time on the job as he shipped out former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani and the two years and $23 million still left on his contract, something Colangelo was never able to do. Ujiri might not be done there either as he a decision to make regarding Rudy Gay and $53 million owing to him over the next three years. There have been rumblings that Gay could be traded before the deadline and except him to be the subject of many rumors coming up to that point.
After years of success, which included multiple trips to the NBA finals and a championship in 2008, the Boston Celtics are in for a few bleak seasons a head as the rebuilding phase is in full swing. Gone are franchise legends Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and head coach Doc Rivers as the Celtics decided it’s time to move forward with a full rebuild. The timing couldn’t of been better too Boston figures to be one of the very worst teams in the league, which potentially means a high lottery pick in a draft expected to be one of the best in 20 years.
There’s no hiding the fact that the Celtics are going to be bad this season, however, I just can’t bring myself to take Toronto as near double-digit favorites on opening night. Instead, I think taking the under seems like the safer bet. While the Raptors are a middle of the road offensive team, the Celtics will be in the bottom five in most offensive categories this season. With no Rondo, I just don’t see how Boston scores enough to push this one over the total…