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Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics - 2/26/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors
Date & Time Tuesday February 26, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Canada
The Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -4.5 -- Over/Under: 226.5
TV Channel
TNT, NBSB, SPNT
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The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Boston Celtics could use a win here after losing four of their last six games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 112.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.8 points and 6.9 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last eight road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114.1 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 108.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.9 points and 7.6 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 16.1 points and seven rebounds. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 9.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven home games.

The Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Toronto and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The under is 6-2 in Raptors last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The under is 7-1 in Celtics last 8 road games.

The home team has won each of the last 10 meetings between the Raptors and Celtics, and has also covered 23 of the last 32 meetings. The Celtics are back in one of these funks where they can't close games and the offense goes quiet for long stretches, but even with the losses, they're only losing their last five games by an average of 2.2 points. The Celtics are in nearly every game. The same can be said for the Toronto Raptors, as they've won eight of their last 10, but they're only winning their last five games by an average of 0.8 points. These teams are so close in terms of talent that I usually learn toward the points regardless of where the game is played. The Raptors are just 13-18 ATS at home. The Celtics also have this ability to play to their potential in big games, and they can beat anybody in the league when they play their A game. Give me the points.

Pick:
Boston Celtics +4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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