Raptors Ready To Devour Celtics On Tuesday Night

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 2:41 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 2:41 PM UTC

The Celtics will travel to the Scotiabank Arena to knock heads with their Eastern Conference rivals from Toronto. Let’s analyze this potential postseason showdown and cash a ticket!

Boston (37-23 SU, 30-29-1 ATS) vs. Toronto (44-17 SU, 26-33-2 ATS)
Tuesday, 8:00 PM ET
Free NBA Pick: Raptors ATS
Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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If you can figure out the Celtics this season than you’re a better man than I or head coach Brad Stevens. The Celtics have vacillated between legitimate title contenders and paper tiger pretenders with recent wins over the 76ers and Thunder but dreadful home losses as double-digit favorites over the Lakers and Clippers followed by an abysmal showing against the Bulls in Chicago on Saturday night. Prior to their consecutive back-to-back losses to the LA entries, the Celtics sizzled at the Garden but remain less than average on the road at 14-15 straight up. If you’ve been backing the Green in your NBA picks when they take to the highway then you’ve been shelling green instead of making it, as evidenced by their 11-17 ATS mark.

Toronto can’t be happy with their most recent performance when they hosted Orlando on Sunday and were shellacked to the tune of 113-98, despite the NBA odds board tagging them as 6 ½ point home chalk. It was the team’s first loss in the month of February, yet the Raptors have failed to cover the number in their last five games. It should be noted that Kawhi Leonard did not dress as head coach Nick Nurse gave him a breather after a 25-point performance in Toronto’s 120-117 victory over the Spurs on Friday night.

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— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) 25 de fevereiro de 2019
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As we review the recent history between these two Atlantic division foes, we see that the home team not only wins but covers the all-important number. As we review their last eight matchups, dating back to February of 2017, this pattern has stayed true in each and every game. This season, the Celts won both meetings in Boston while the Raptors claimed a 113-101 victory as three-point home favorites back in October.

Boston has had a knack of playing very good teams tough with a 115-111 loss to Golden State at the end of January and losing a 98-97 thriller in Milwaukee just last week, while routinely beating the Sixers. But playing the Raptors in Toronto is a different kettle of fish. Kawhi Leonard is rested and ready to roll while the Celtics try to come to grips with their woeful performance in Chicago in which they fell 126-116 as 10-point road favorites. This appears to be a good spot for this home team trend to continue. Let’s not look fate in the eye but roll with it as the Raps are 25-6 straight up at home and 12-2 ATS (+9.8 Units) in home games versus division opponents over the last two seasons. Toronto should have no problem covering the relatively small number here so lay it and like it with the Raps.

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