Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics - 2/6/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (39-15) at Toronto Raptors (36-16)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors duke it out at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night.
The Boston Celtics have been on a tear lately as they’ve won five of their last six games and they will be gunning for a fifth straight win after sneaking past the Trailblazers in a 97-96 home win on Sunday. Al Horford led the team with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Jayson Tatum added 17 points with five assists while Jaylen Brown chipped in with 16 points and four assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 41 percent from the field and 15 of 36 from the three-point line as they rallied back from a 17-point halftime deficit to beat the Trailblazers at the buzzer thanks to Horford who drained the turnaround jumper with time expiring. With the win, Boston improved to 39-15 overall and 21-8 at home where they have won three in a row.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have won seven of their past 11 games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after blowing out the Grizzlies in a 101-86 win on Sunday. Delon Wright led the team with 15 points off the bench, DeMar DeRozan and Fred VanVleett added 13 points each while Kyle Lowry scored just 11 points. As a team, the Raptors shot 46 percent from the field and just six of 35 from the three-point line but they won it with their defense in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Grizzlies by 25-12 to make it look easy in the end. With the win, Toronto improved to 36-16 overall and 21-4 at home where they are currently riding a four-game win streak.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team above .600, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall. Meanwhile, the Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win of more than 10 points, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven against the Eastern conference.
Head to head, the home team is 6-2 in the last eight meetings, the Celtics are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Toronto.
The Celtics have been in great form lately and they could have a couple of key players returning as both Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris travelled with the team to Toronto. However, the Raptors have been in solid form lately and they've been tough to beat at home all season, so while I wouldn't be surprised if the Celtics pulled off the minor upset, I'd rather side with the Raptors to stay hot at home in this one.