NBA Betting Predictions: Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors
Tonight the Boston Celtics try to regroup on the road after a one point loss at home yesterday to take on a team they have been dominating the Toronto Raptors. BetDSI Sportsbook current live lines display the Celtics as -170 favorites giving up -3 ½ points to the Raptors.
The Boston Celtics lost 88-87 last night at home against the LA Lakers. The Celtics were having a difficult time nailing their shots as they shot 39% from the floor and were out rebounded 55-45 by LA. The Lakers even played more disciplined sending Boston to the line only 5 times while they themselves had 20 free throw attempts nailing 15 of them.
Boston captain Paul Pierce had 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. However had trouble hitting his shots shooting 7-18 from the floor and hitting one out of five three point attempts. Kevin Garnett clearly had the roughest game shooting only 6-23 from the field for 12 points. Ray Allen put up 20+ points for only the second time this season with 22 points on the night hitting two out of his six three point attempts.
The Toronto Raptors lost a close one at home two nights ago 105-99 against the Milwaukee Bucks where they were in the lead for a short while. Toronto has lost three in a row and five of six of their games, even more disturbing for the Raptors is they have lost five of their last six at home.
Against the Bucks DeMar DeRozan led Toronto Raptors scorers with 25 points shooting great hitting 9-18 of his shots from the floor and making more than half his three point attempts hitting four out of six. James Johnson scored 15 while grabbing 7 rebounds and putting on a defensive clinic with 2 steals and 3 blocked shots. PG Jose Calderon ran the offense with great efficiency making 15 assists to one turn over, however did not shoot good hitting only 4 out of his 12 shots from the field.
NBA Betting Prediction: The Boston Celtics have won 17 out of their last 19 meetings with the Toronto Raptors. With both teams going in opposite directions with the Celtics hot and the Raptors slumping especially at home this should be an easy win for the confident Celtics. Take the Boston Celtics moneyline or lay the points against the Toronto Raptors as Boston has handed Toronto their largest margin defeat thus far in the 2012 season 100-64 February 1st, note that this was at the Boston Garden.
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