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Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors - 3/28/14

Boston Celtics (23-48) at Toronto Raptors (40-31)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 28, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Sportsnet One

For the second time this week, the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors will meet on the hardwood. This is the fourth and final meeting between the teams, and the Raptors lead the series 2-1.

The Celtics have lost seven of their last eight games, including a 99-90 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday. On the season, the Celtics average 99.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allow 99.6 points on 45.8 percent shooting. However, those defensive numbers have slipped a bit, as the Celtics are giving up an average of 104.8 points in their last five games. Offensively, Avery Bradley is averaging 18 points on 51.4 percent shooting in his last five contests. The Boston Celtics are 35-35-1 ATS overall and 19-15 ATS on the road.

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors - 3/28/14

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The Raptors have won three of their last five games, but have been shaky throughout the month of March. On the season, the Raptors average 100.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allow 97.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Although the Raptors average triple-digit points, Toronto is better off keeping the game in the 90s, as it has lost five of its last six games when allowing 100-plus points. Jonas Valanciunas has grabbed at least 13 rebounds in three of his last four games. The Toronto Raptors are 43-27-1 ATS overall and 19-15-1 ATS at home. 

The Celtics are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games playing on 1 days rest. The home team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.

The Wizards desperately need a win to create some distance in the playoff standings. I’ll take Washington and the points at home.  

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