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Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors - 1/16/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics
Date & Time Wednesday January 16, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
TD Garden
Boston, MA
The Line
The Line: Boston -1-- Over/Under
TV Channel
ESPN
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Two Eastern Conference giants clash as the Toronto Raptors battle the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Wednesday night.

The Toronto Raptors have been on a tear lately as they’ve won six of their last seven games and they will be gunning for a sixth straight victory after taking down the shorthanded Wizards in a thrilling 140-138 double overtime road win on Sunday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 41 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals, Pascal Siakam added 24 points with 19 rebounds, Delon Wright scored 17 points off the bench while Kyle Lowry chipped in with 12 points and 11 assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 47 percent from the field and 13 of 36 from the 3-point line as they escaped with the narrow win on the back of a clutch 3-pointer from Serge Ibaka with 15 seconds left in the second overtime. With the win, Toronto improved to 33-12 overall and 15-8 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have won five of their last nine games but they will be looking to snap a three-game skid after falling to the Nets in a 109-102 road loss on Monday. Jayson Tatum led the team with 34 points on 12 of 19 shooting, Jaylen Brown added 22 points while Brad Wanamaker chipped in with 13 points off the bench but no other player scored more than eight points. As a team, the Celtics shot just 40 percent from the field and 11 of 36 from the 3-point line, but the final score doesn’t quite tell the story of how one-sided this game was as the Celtics actually trailed by as many as 27 points early in the fourth quarter. With the loss, Boston fell to 25-18 overall and 10-13 on the road.  

Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games against the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are 35-16 ATS in their last 51 home games, 18-8 ATS in their last 26 games against a team above .600 and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 home games against a team with a winning road record.

Head to head, the home team is 7-0 ATS in the last seven meetings, the Raptors are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings overall and 5-13-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Boston.

The Raptors will be a little undermanned for this one as OG Anunoby is out for personal reasons while Fred VanVleet and CJ Miles are both listed as questionable. The Celtics will also be shorthanded for this one as Kyrie Irving sat out Monday’s game with a quadriceps injury and his status for Wednesday is unclear. The betting trends favor the Celtics who are 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 home meetings, but they’re just in a funk right now, so I’m sticking with the Raptors as the slight road underdog in this one.

Pick:
Toronto +1
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