Celtics vs. Raptors - 3/23/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (48-21) at Boston Celtics (41-30)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN2, CSNN
The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics square off Wednesday night at the TD Garden.
The Toronto Raptors look to keep rolling after winning 12 of their last 15 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 103 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 98.3 points on 44.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.8 points and 4.5 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 21.9 points and 6.4 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing nine rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 3.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last nine road games.
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The Boston Celtics could use a win after losing five of their last eight games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 106 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 102.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 22.1 points and 6.5 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.1 points and 2.7 rebounds. Jae Crowder is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Jared Sullinger is dishing 2.3 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Celtics are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Raptors are 3-9-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Boston and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
The Celtics are too good of a team to remain in this slump. So, while I think the Raptors are the better squad, I'll side with Boston and the low line given the circumstances.