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Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors - 1/15/14

Toronto Raptors (19-17) at Boston Celtics (13-26)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics +4 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds


The Boston Celtics collide with the surging Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night from TD Garden.

Head to head, the Raptors are 7-19-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings and 0-7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Boston while the home team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the favorite is 11-5-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings. The Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, 0-5-1 ATS in the last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Raptors on the other hand are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games, 26-10 ATS in their last 36 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 14-2 ATS in their last 16 games overall.

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Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors - 1/15/14

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Do you realise that if you had laid $1000 on each of the Toronto Raptors last 16 games, you would stand to be up over $10,000. That’s right, the Raptors are a ridiculous 14-2 against the spread in their last 16 contests. Coincidentally, their turnaround all started when Rudy Gay was shipped off to Sacramento just over a month ago. Since then, Toronto has won 13 of their 18 games and currently occupy the third spot in a very weak Eastern Conference. However, the most surprising thing regarding their turnaround has been their stellar play on the defensive end as they have held eight of their last 10 opponents under 95 points and five of those to 86 or under.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Boston Celtics currently own the leagues longest losing streak now sitting at nine games. Apart from blowout losses in Denver and Oklahoma City, the Celtics have actually been pretty competitive in most games, which has been the case for them all season long. It’s probably the best outcome for Boston anyway when you look at the big picture. Being competitive, but still losing the majority of their games, which is what the front office would want considering it’s pretty clear that they want a high draft pick in July.

Not only are the Raptors 14-2 against the spread in their last 16 overall, but they are also 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games. In fact, their against the spread stats are just awesome across the board and you can’t fault anything they have done since the Gay trade. I will say that Boston have been pretty good at home of late, but there is no way I’m going against this scorching Toronto team at the moment...

Dan’s Pick: Toronto -4

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