Boston Celtics (53-24) at Toronto Raptors (55-22)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 4, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Raptors -8 -- Over/Under: 206.5
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The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors meet Wednesday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Boston Celtics look for a statement victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 104.2 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 100.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Jaylen Brown is averaging 14 points and 5.1 rebounds while Jayson Tatum is averaging 13.9 points and 5.1 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won five of their last seven road games.
The Toronto Raptors could use a win here after losing five of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.4 points and 3.9 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.5 points and 6.9 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.7 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last eight home games.
The Celtics are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Raptors are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Celtics are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto, 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Toronto Raptors must know the playoffs are around the corner, as they're starting to cool off big time and aren't playing with the same energy that put them in the No. 1 spot in the East. The Boston Celtics are one of the hotter teams in the league right now and are finding ways to win without Kyrie. The Celtics can also put even more pressure on the Raptors for the No. 1 seed if they can close the deal here. This feels like too many points to lay, especially with the Raptors playing subpar basketball the last two weeks. Give me the points.