Boston Celtics,Toronto Raptors,NBA
1/23/2008 7:35:00 PM
After losing three times to Boston this season, failing to cover any of those three defeats, look for the Toronto Raptors to at least hang withing the spread against the Celtics.
The Celtics' perfect 10-0 SU mark in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference will be put to the test tonight when the Toronto Raptors pay the Garden a visit.
[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]Boston has put forth an impeccable effort through the first half of the season that’s seen them win 33 of their 39 overall games. That mark is tops in the league for best record, but most impressive is the fact that they’ve only lost three games SU at home which is also tied for the best mark with a couple of other teams. Toronto comes into this match-up with a respectable 22-19 SU mark, which includes a 10-11 SU mark when playing the role of visitor.
Last we saw the Celtics, they dished out a hurting at MSG when they handed the Knicks a 109-93 defeat. The 16-point victory covered the 8-point spread with ease. It was the Celtics third SU win in a row and third ATS win in a row as well. Their previous two games saw them roll Philly at home 116-89 as 10½-point home chalks, and knock a hot Portland team off by 10 at home barely managing to cover the 8-point spread. Throughout their last 10 games, the Celtics have gone 7-3 SU but just 5-5 ATS.
Toronto inexplicably lost at Philadelphia their last time out allowing the Sixers to pick up just their second win in the month of January. The Raptors have been an incredibly inconsistent team all season long, but they no doubt boast the talent to be a major player in the Eastern Conference come Playoff time. Before their loss on Saturday, the Raptors picked up a pair if victories at home over Atlanta and Sacramento and covered the mid range chalk with ease. They come into this spot losers both SU and ATS in their last two road games.
However, their prior two road contests saw them win and cover at New York and shockingly hand the New Orleans Hornets one of their 7-home losses of the season when they won SU as 6-point road pups. You just never know what you’re going to get with this club on the road.
The Celtics opened up as 9-point home favorites with the total set at 184½. The Celtics have won and covered all three of their previous matchups this season, so it’s safe to say Toronto will bring its “A” game with them tonight hoping to avoid the regular season sweep at the hands of their division rivals.
Free Pick: Raptors +9 (-110)