Celtics To Picks Up Where They Left Off By Upsetting Toronto

Isaiah Thomas

Charles Stark

Friday, February 24, 2017 5:32 AM GMT

One of the better matchups in the NBA will take place when the Boston Celtics visit the Toronto Raptors. Can Toronto beat Boston for the third time this season?

Toronto Raptors

After starting out the season extremely well Toronto has limped into the All-Star break losing 11 of their last 16 games starting in mid January. They didn’t make any big moves at the All-Star break as of writing this article and I have a hard time believing they can beat Boston for the third time this season. Last year Toronto was one of the toughest defensively minded teams in the league, but this year they have focused more on the offensive end. That started out for them well but again, as mentioned, has not proved fruitful over the past month. On the season Toronto is averaging 108.5 points per game which ranks them fifth in the NBA and offensively across the board they rank in the top part of the league in most categories. It is on the defensive side that is surprisingly worrisome as they are allowing opponents to shoot 45.4% from the floor and rank either in the middle of the league or worse in most defensive categories. Currently the Raptors rank 19th and 22nd for example in opponent effective field-goal percentage and opponent shooting efficiency. Although there always tough at home I think the Celtics can come in and win this game straight up.

 Boston Celtics

The opposite of Toronto, Boston started out the year little bit slow but has really turned things around since the end of January winning 11 of their last 13 games going into the All-Star break. Like Toronto though as of writing this article they have not made any big moves towards the trade deadline. With the Raptors liking to push tempo this should fall well into the hands of a Boston team that is been efficient on the offensive end ranking fifth in shooting efficiency and eighth and effective field-goal percentage. On the other side of the ball they are better statistically across the board when compared to Toronto highlighted by allowing opponents to shoot just 34.1% from distance which ranks them third in the league. The All-Star break came at an inopportune time for Boston considering they were starting to roll, but if they can pick things back up where they left off I like for them to not only win this game tonight but to start making some serious noise in the East this second half of the season.

 NBA Odds

Odds makers have come out making Boston a +3 underdog and for my NBA pick, I will take them on the plus money line. Look for the best odds you can find but as far as value goes I think this a good spot to grab the Celtics to win this game straight up.

Free NBA Pick: Celtics +3Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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