Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors, 01/10/17 – Prediction & Preview
Written by: George Middleton
Boston Celtics (23-14) at Toronto Raptors (24-13)
NBA: Tuesday, January 10, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. ET
Line: Toronto -4
The Boston Celtics travel to Air Canada Centre to take on the Toronto Raptors for a Tuesday night contest. On Dec. 9, the Raptors beat the Celtics 101-94. Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 34 points and seven rebounds. Toronto has lost three of their last four games, and Boston has won four in a row. Boston is led by Isaiah Thomas who is averaging 28 points and 6.1 assists. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan lead the Raptors. Lowry is putting up 22.4 points, 7.1 assists, and 5 rebounds, and DeRozan is averaging 27.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. Avery Bradley is questionable with a strained ankle. Will Isaiah Thomas lead the Celtics to a huge road win against Toronto?
Isaiah Thomas leads Celtics to win
The Boston Celtics beat the New Orleans Pelicans 117-108 on Saturday night. Boston took control when they outscored New Orleans 36-20 in the third quarter. Thomas led the Celtics with 38 points on 6-of-11 from 3-point range. Marcus Smart went for 22 points and six assists in the win. Avery Bradley missed the contest with a strained ankle. Gerald Green finished with 15 points off the bench. The Celtics shot 43 percent from the field and the Pelicans shot 47 percent.
Al Horford added eight points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. The Celtics had trouble containing Anthony Davis who had 36 points (14/22 fg) and 15 rebounds. Boston improved to 11-6 at TD Garden this season.
Raptors blow big lead
The Toronto Raptors lost 123-118 in overtime to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. Toronto led by 12 going into the fourth quarter before getting outscored 33-21. DeRozan led the Raptors with 36 points and eight rebounds. Lowry went for 27 points, 12 assists, and nine rebounds. The Raptors had trouble stopping Jimmy Butler who had 42 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Chicago shot 39 percent from the field and Toronto shot 44 percent. The key in the contest was rebounding as Chicago out-rebounded Toronto 60-41.
Jonas Valanciunas wound up with 14 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Cory Joseph added 14 points off the bench. Toronto fell to 12-7 on the road this season.
The Boston Celtics are:
- 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games playing on 2 days rest.
- 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Toronto Raptors are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Boston has one of the best backcourts in the Eastern Conference, but Toronto’s is a bit better. Look for Lowry to have another big game against Boston. Toronto should take care of business at home. The Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.
The pick: Toronto
George has his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Long Beach in Communication Studies, minored in Journalism. He is an editor at Fansided powered network Air Alamo (San Antonio Spurs) and an NBA writer at RantSports. Plays in multiple basketball leagues. Has placed bets since the age of 15. Love watching basketball, baseball, and football games. Also loves Hip-Hop.
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