Celtics vs Raptors Free NBA Pick – 1-10-2017
Line: Raptors -4, 218
Tipoff: 7:30m EST
Celtics vs Raptors Free NBA Pick by Aaron Alexis
Boston Celtics (23-14 SU, 20-15-2 ATS, 20-17 O/U) vs. Toronto Raptors (24-13 SU, 22-14-1 ATS, 24-13 O/U)
The Boston Celtics travel north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors. The Celtics currently sit at 2nd place in the Atlantic Division while the Raptors lead the Atlantic. Boston has made up some ground in the Atlantic recently after winning 4 straight and 8 out of their last 10 games. The Raptors have opened the door to the division lead after going 5-5 SU their last 10 games. Boston holds a 49-33 advantage in the all-time regular season series but Toronto has won four of the last five.
The Celtics have no problem scoring the ball ranking 9th in the NBA averaging 106.8 PPG. Their biggest weakness is rebounding (41.2 PG, 28th in NBA) and their defense (allowing 104.4 PPG, 15th in NBA).
Isaiah Thomas is the go to player on this Celtics team and leads Boston averaging 28 PPG and 6.1 APG. Thomas has put together an All Star season and is the key to this team reaching the playoffs. However, one of the best signings in the off season was picking up Al Horford. Horford has contributed 15.4 PPG, 6.7 RPG and 5 APG. Horford adds an element of toughness and hustle to this young Celtics team.
Toronto needs to play better defense or they will find themselves looking up at the Celtics in the Atlantic Division. Toronto has given up at least 110 points in 4 out of the last 5 games. The Raptors come into this one 3rd in the league by averaging 110.6 points per game but if they don’t improve on the defensive end they will struggle down the stretch.
The Raptors are lead by perhaps the best back court in the NBA with DeMar DeRozan (27.8 PPG) and Kyle Lowry (22.4 PPG). The Raptors are 6th in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 46.8 percent from the field. Toronto is 12th in the league by sinking 9.5 three pointers per game. The Raptors are 2nd in the league in three point shooting as they hit 38.6 percent from beyond the arc.
NBA Betting Trends:
BOS are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall
Over is 10-1 in BOS last 11 overall
Over is 10-3 in TOR last 13 home games
TOR are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall
Over is 10-4 in TOR last 14 vs. Eastern Conference
Take the Over 218 in this matchup as neither team has committed to playing defense and this game will be for the Atlantic Division lead which means both teams will come to play.