NBA Free Picks & Predictions: Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors

NBA Free Picks & Predictions: Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors

We have the first in a head-to-head series in an Eastern Conference matchup, between the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics, with both teams vying for the second spot in the league.

The Celtics come into this one looking to make it four in a row, while the Raptors had their 5-game win streak snapped by the Pacers in the last.

Who will take the points at the Scotiabank Arena?


Boston Celtics (1.72) vs Toronto Raptors (2.17)

The Raptors narrowly lost out to the Indiana Pacers in a game that finished 115-120. But there were some positives takeaway from the game, Lowry again the heartbeat of the Toronto offense, with VanVleet and veteran Ibaka putting up scores.

The Celtics have been a consistently strong Playoff team in the East over the course of the season. Jayson Tatum (averaging 21.6 ppg) and Kemba Walker (averaging 22.6 ppg) have led the offense for Boston.

The Celtics have wins over the Mavericks, Pistons and Hornet in their last three. They go 20-7 outright for the season, while the Raptors are 21-9 overall. It will be a close game, but with the homeside advantage, we see the Raptors taking it.

The NBA betting odds are against the Raptors, but we feel they are still running with the winning mentality they had prior to the game in Indiana.

Our NBA free pick: Take the Raptors to win this.

Toronto Raptors To beat Boston Celtics


Parlay Pick: Toronto to win & over 214 total (4.09)

Toronto have been playing consistent offensive ball throughout the season. They are 12th in the league in offense, averaging 112.1 points per game. Though they may not be putting up high point totals, they are a well-balanced team.

For Boston, they are 15th in the league in offense, putting up 111.2 points per game, while they allow 103.2. While the Raptors allow 106.4 per game.

The two teams are fairly evenly matched and between them will likely push the game beyond 214. Celtic will be boosted by the return of Enes Kanter, who has been solid for them.

It’ll be important for the Raptors to start on the front foot. If they come out firing, the game will likely fall in their favour. Although, the Celtics have excellent defense, and are managing well offensively.

The Raptors recent success has pushed them up the NBA power rankings and find themselves in seventh in the league.

Expect the Raptors to win & over 214 total.

Toronto Raptors To win & over 214 total


Player Pick: Kyle Lowry over 29.5 (2.33)

An awkward landing put Pascal Siakam out of action for the foreseeable future, but in his place the Kyle Lowry has become everything Nick Nurse could have hoped in lieu of the Cameroonian.

Lowry has managed to put up 108 points in his last four games. But he’s not only tallying up points, he’s setting the pace for the others and leading the team. He averages 20.7 points per game

Though they lost to the Indiana Pacers, there were a lot of positives to take away from the game. They were smart in attack and gutsy with their play. The Celtics will have a tough game on their hands.

Lowry’s form since returning from injury has been excellent and allowed the Raptors to continue pushing for a Playoff spot, even after the loss of Kawhi and now Siakam. He gets out player NBA free pick this week.

Take Kyle Lowry to score over 29.5.

Kyle Lowry To score over 29.5