Raptors vs. Celtics - 10/15/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction
Celtics vs. Raptors
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The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics will play a Wednesday preseason game at the Cross Insurance Arena.
The Toronto Raptors are a solid 3-1 in preseason play and already beat the Boston Celtics 116-109 last Friday. Louis Williams has provided a huge spark offensively off the bench for the Raptors, which includes a combined 31 points in his last two games. Kyle Lowry did not play in the Raptors most recent game due to rest and he shouldn’t see significant minutes in this matchup either, if at all. If there’s one thing the Toronto Raptors hope changes before the regular season, it’s the turnovers as they turned the ball over 21 times in their last game and it was an issue in last year’s playoffs. The Raptors continue to find out who they are through solid play but they have to clean their game up if they hope to be taken seriously as championship contenders.
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The Boston Celtics have split their first four preseason games and are still trying to find out exactly who they are. One thing that should help the Celtics is the return of Jeff Green, who is expected to make his preseason debut after missing time with a calf injury. The main concern for the Celtics has to be the progress of rookie point guard Marcus Smart. In his last three games, Smart has turned the ball 10 times and is 7-21 from the field. While it may be unfair to expect a rookie to excel immediately, that’s basically what the Boston Celtics need to be successful with Rajon Rondo out with a hand injury. Marcus Thornton has really played well this preseason and will be a major contributor for the Celtics off the bench. At this point, Boston is looking for anybody and everybody to make an impact with the season right around the corner.
It's tough to beat a team twice, especially in the preseason. I like the Celtics getting the points in this one.