Raptors at Celtics - 4/14/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (48-32) at Boston Celtics (38-42)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -4 -- Over/Under: 208 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, CSNN
The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics square off Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
The Toronto Raptors look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 104.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 101.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 20.1 points and 4.6 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.7 points and 6.8 assists. Louis Williams is dishing two assists and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 45.1 percent in their last five games and have won six of their last 10 when topping 100 points. Six of the Raptors last nine losses have come on the road. The Raptors are fighting the Bulls for the third seed in the East. Amir Johnson is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Boston Celtics look to build on their four-game winning streak. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 101.4 points on 44.3 percent shooting and are allowing 101.3 points on 45 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 19.5 points and 5.4 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 13.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. Brandon Bass is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Kelly Olynyk is dishing 1.7 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 47.6 percent from the field in their last five games and have won five of their last six when topping 100 points. The Celtics clinch a playoff spot with a victory. Still, the Celtics have lost four of their last six games on their home court.
The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Celtics are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raptors are 2-8-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Boston and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
Boston knows what's on the line and when you add in the home court factor, I like the Celtics to get the job done and cover the reasonable number.