Raptors vs. Celtics - 3/18/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (39-29) at Toronto Raptors (46-21)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, CSNN, Sportsnet One
The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors meet early Friday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Boston Celtics could use a win after losing four of their last five games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 106 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 102.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 22 points and 6.5 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15 points and 2.6 rebounds. Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing 4.5 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have lost five of their last six road games.
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The Toronto Raptors look for another win after winning 12 of their last 17 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 103 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 98.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.8 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 21.8 points and 6.5 assists. Terrence Ross is grabbing 2.4 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Celtics are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Atlantic. The over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Raptors are the better team here and have been damn near unbeatable on their home court. Give me Torotno and the small line.