Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics - 12/25/19 NBA Pick, Odds & Prediction

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Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Scotiabank Arena)

BOS -3.0 . Total 212.5

TV: ESPN

The Boston Celtics hit the road for a matchup with the Toronto Raptors on Christmas morning.  The Celtics are (20-7), coming off a 119-93 win over the Charlotte Hornets.  The Raptors are (21-9), after falling to the Indiana Pacers, 120-115.

In the Celtics win over the Hornets, Charlotte was led on offense by Jayson Tatum.  Tatum was 15 of 29 from the floor, making all 5 foul shots, totaling 39 points.  The Celtics shot 52% from the floor and 44% from 3-point range.  Boston dominated the boards, out rebounding the Hornets 66 to 34.   The Celtics trailed by 7 after the first quarter, but were in control from the start of the 2nd quarter till the end.  

In the Raptors loss to the Pacers, Toronto was guided throughout the game by Kyle Lowry.  Lowry converted on 10 of 21 attempts, making 5 foul shots, finishing with 30 points.  The Raptors shot 45% from the floor and 27% from distance.  The Toronto 3-point defense was atrocious in the loss, giving up 18 3-pointers.  Toronto did out rebound Indiana, 59 to 56.  

Recent betting Trends:

Celtics are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as the favorite.

Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

The under is 8-3 in Celtics last 11 Wednesday games.

Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Raptors are 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 home games.

The under is 6-2-1 in Raptors last 9 overall.

The Celtics face the Raptors in what will be a different look for Toronto.  The Raptors are depleted, with key players that are out.  Marc Gasol, Norman Powell, and Pascal Siakam are all out for this matchup.  It is an understatement that the Raptors will be at a disadvantage inside the paint.  The Raptors will be trying to slow the pace of the game down, as Toronto won't have near the offensive fire power that they have had most of the year.  The under has been profitable for both teams as well.  I'll take the under here, as this should be a old fashion defensive battle.  Final score prediction, Celtics will win and the total goes under, 105-98.  

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Chris’s Pick Under 212.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.