Boston Looks to Take Advantage Of Raptors' Poor Home ATS Record

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:06 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 4:06 PM UTC

The Boston Celtics have been dissapointing all season, but at the very least have had much success against the Raptors. Lok for that trend to continue tonight as the Celtics look to upset Toronto on the road.

Boston (37-23 SU, 30-29-1 ATS) at Toronto (44-17 SU, 25-35-1)

Tuesday 8 P.M. ET
Free NBA Pick: Celtics ATS
Best LIne Offered: 5Dimes

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The Raptors opened up as three and a half point favorites against the Celtics and now that line has jumped up to as much as to four and a half points for the hometown Raptors, despite their subpar ATS record (25-35-1). The Raptors and Celtics came into this season supposed to be the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, and the Raptors have lived up to their expectation, while the Celtics have been kind of disappointing this season.

Boston’s season has been marred by the fact that they have had so much trouble integrating Kyrie irving and Gordon Hayward back onto the team that went to the Eastern Conference FInals last season. To add fuel to the fire, Kyrie Irving has made it a point to take his issues with the team to the media and in turn has alienated himself from his younger teammates. These actions have all caused for on-court chemistry issues and is largely responsible for why the Celtics are just fifth in the Eastern Conference instead of being one of the best two teams.

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Transition defense will be the main focus tomorrow night. pic.twitter.com/mUQyNYu8Z6

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 26, 2019
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Both teams are coming off losses. The Celtics lost 126-116 Saturday night on the road to the Chicago Bulls. The Raptors, without Kawhi Leonard, lost Sunday at home 113-98 to the Orlando Magic. The Raptors' loss to the Magic ended their seven-game winning streak. Leonard was given what was termed a "load management" day off and is expected to return Tuesday.

The Celtics have a 2-1 edge over the Raptors in their season series, with both of their wins in Boston. The Raptors have won seven straight home games against the Celtics since 2016. The last time the Celtics defeated the Raptors in Toronto was April 4, 2015, in overtime. Leonard is averaging 31.7 points and 9.7 rebounds through three games against Boston this season. The Raptors were within three points of the Magic at halftime Sunday but let the game get away in the second half.

Leonard is expected to play against the Celtics, but due to Boston’s versatility at the wing position, they have the perfect complement of players who are capable of defending Leonard. The combination of Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, and even Marcus Smart are all capable defenders of being able to slow down “The Claw” on the defensive end.

Toronto is one of the worst teams in the NBA at covering spreads at home with a mark of 13-18 in Toronto. Look for the Celtics to take advantage of that inconsistency and get a big upset victory in Toronto.

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