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NBA Picks: Celtics at Raptors Point Spread

NBA Picks: Celtics at Raptors Point Spread
Atlantic Division rivals Boston Celtics (23-14) and Toronto Raptors (24-13) meet for the second time this season, with the tip-off at 7:30 pm. As of late, these two contenders have been moving in opposite directions in the quest to finish second to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the eastern conference.

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors Odds

After a tough west coast road trip and a pair of disheartening losses where the Raptors coughed up their prey, Toronto’s in the middle of one of their worst stretches in the past couple of years, losing five of their last seven games. The Celtics have been rolling, winning 10 of their last 12 games to creep only one game back from the Raps for the Atlantic Division lead. This streak could be misleading because Boston has been facing relatively weak squads during their run. The Raptors represent a tough test, matching up well against Boston’s strengths.

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Avery Bradley didn’t travel with the team to Toronto, and will be missing from the Celtics lineup, creating a significant hole at shooting guard. Pairing well with Thomas, Bradley’s in the middle of his best year, scoring 18 PPG on career high splits of .479/.417/.762. Boston’s already short on shooting, which has forced coach Brad Stevens to draw up creative ways of making space for all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas. Power forward Patrick Patterson rejoined the Raptors against the Houston Rockets, which will help mend Toronto’s defense after a rough couple of nights dealing with James Harden and Jimmy Butler at their peak.

Celtics at Raptors Prediction

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Boston already has a tough time lining up against Toronto’s all-star back court, which is among the top three in the association. Without Avery Bradley, the Celtics must rely on Marcus Smart to pick up the slack. Smart’s a tough, superb defender, and among the finest floppers in the NBA. But his .373 FG% and .312 3P% will leave Boston underpowered on offense. Thomas will probably need to score close to forty for the Celtics to have a chance. Also, if Al Horford repeats his disappearing act against New Orleans, Boston will be in for a long night.

Bradley’s injury problems arrive at a time when the Celtics want to prove themselves against the finest teams in the association. Boston hasn’t been able to beat teams with better records, losing seven in a row against squads like San Antonio, Houston, Oklahoma City and Cleveland. Toronto, another team with a superior record, wants to stem the defensive bleeding they’ve experienced over the past two games and avoid a three-game losing streak. They’ll feel extra motivation to do so in front of a home crowd at the Air Canada Centre.

Offense hasn’t been a problem for the Raptors, and the undermanned Celtics will have trouble stopping the relentless attack of Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan. The last time these two teams played, sophomore reserve guard Norman Powell dropped 20 on the Celtics. If any member of the Raptors rotation supports Kyle and DeMar with 20 points of their own, there’s virtually no chance of a Boston victory. Coach Dwayne Casey will make sure the Raptors are better focused and organized on the defensive end, especially against a rising division rival. Toronto should be able to beat a 4.5 spread without too much trouble and betting under for totals makes sense considering Boston’s injury situation.

NBA Picks Tonight | January 10, 2017

Nine games take place on a busy Tuesday night in the NBA, including a pair of fascinating matchups between young teams on the rise and elite contenders. The Spurs face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks while the Cleveland Cavaliers visit Utah. Both the Jazz and the Bucks have a reasonable shot at pulling off the upset, especially if one of Cleveland’s starters sit for the evening. The lock of the day features the Warriors welcoming the Miami Heat to Oakland, where the Dubs will mercilessly slaughter Pat Riley’s championship leftovers.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 05 February
FT Blazers 91 - 111 Detroit Pistons +120 -137 Odds
FT Washington Wizards 111 - 102 Indiana Pacers -149 +137 Odds
FT Orlando Magic 111 - 109 Miami Heat +330 -385 Odds
FT Utah Jazz 133 - 109 Pelicans -110 -110 Odds
FT Charlotte Hornets 104 - 121 Denver Nuggets +165 -172 Odds
FT Chicago Bulls 98 - 104 Sacramento Kings +120 -130 Odds
FT Dallas Mavericks 101 - 104 L.A. Clippers +232 -227 Odds
Tuesday 06 February
Cleveland Cavaliers 19:00 Orlando Magic -256 +240 Odds
Boston Celtics 19:30 Toronto Raptors +175 -189 Odds
Memphis Grizzlies 19:30 Atlanta Hawks +135 -141 Odds
Houston Rockets 19:30 Brooklyn Nets -588 +500 Odds
Milwaukee Bucks 19:30 New York Knicks -119 +118 Odds
Washington Wizards 20:00 Philadelphia 76ers +230 -250 Odds
Thunder 22:30 Warriors +420 -476 Odds
Phoenix Suns 22:30 L.A. Lakers +300 -333 Odds
Wednesday 07 February
Brooklyn Nets 19:00 Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets 19:30 Miami Heat
Wolves 20:00 Cleveland Cavaliers
Utah Jazz 20:00 Memphis Grizzlies
Indiana Pacers 20:00 Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs 22:30 Phoenix Suns
Thursday 08 February
Atlanta Hawks 19:00 Orlando Magic
New York Knicks 19:30 Toronto Raptors
Boston Celtics 20:00 Washington Wizards
Charlotte Hornets 22:00 Blazers
Dallas Mavericks 22:30 Warriors
Thunder 22:30 L.A. Lakers
Friday 09 February
Pelicans 19:00 Philadelphia 76ers
L.A. Clippers 19:00 Detroit Pistons
Cleveland Cavaliers 19:30 Atlanta Hawks
Indiana Pacers 19:30 Boston Celtics
Denver Nuggets 20:00 Houston Rockets
Wolves 20:00 Chicago Bulls
Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Miami Heat
Charlotte Hornets 21:00 Utah Jazz
Blazers 22:30 Sacramento Kings
Saturday 10 February
Pelicans 18:00 Brooklyn Nets
Milwaukee Bucks 19:00 Orlando Magic
L.A. Clippers 19:00 Philadelphia 76ers
Washington Wizards 20:00 Chicago Bulls
L.A. Lakers 20:30 Dallas Mavericks
San Antonio Spurs 20:30 Warriors
Denver Nuggets 21:00 Phoenix Suns
Sunday 11 February
Toronto Raptors 13:00 Charlotte Hornets
Detroit Pistons 15:30 Atlanta Hawks
Cleveland Cavaliers 15:30 Boston Celtics
New York Knicks 17:00 Indiana Pacers
Dallas Mavericks 19:00 Houston Rockets
Sacramento Kings 19:00 Wolves
Memphis Grizzlies 19:00 Thunder
Utah Jazz 21:00 Blazers

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