The league's best team Boston Celtics are on the road Monday night to take on the Toronto Raptors, who are fresh off a six game west coast swing.
Boston has won the first three meetings this season against its Atlantic Division foe, two of which by one possession. With the Celtics possibly without Jaylen Brown on Monday, can the team cover the lofty spread in Toronto against the new look Raptors?
Here's how I'm looking to play this one on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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Celtics vs. Raptors odds, spread and total
Raptors vs. Celtics betting trends
- The Celtics are 7-11-2 against the spread (ATS) on the road this season
- The Raptors are 7-3 ATS over the last 10 games
- The Raptors have gone OVER in eight of the last 10 games
- The Raptors have gone OVER in 14 of 23 games as an underdog
Celtics vs. Raptors injury reports
Celtics injury report
- Jaylen Brown - out
Raptors injury report
- Christian Koloko - out
- Otto Porter Jr. - out
- Jakob Peltl - out
Celtics vs. Raptors how to watch
- Date: Monday, Jan. 15
- Game Time: 7:30 PM EST
- Venue: Scotiabank Arena
- How to Watch (TV): TSN, NBC Sports Boston
- Celtics Record: 30-9
- Raptors Record: 15-24
Celtics vs. Raptors key players to watch
Derrick White: With Brown out for this one, expect White to pick up the slack alongside Jayson Tatum. White does a ton already, averaging 15 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing five assists while shooting 41% from beyond the arc.
Immanuel Quickley: Quickley has stepped into a heightened role with the Raptors nicely, upping his points average and not seeing a drop-off despite more volume. He is taking more than two shots per game and is shooting 50% from beyond the arc. Overall, he's up over 18 points per game with four rebounds and five assists on more than 30 minutes per game in his seven games with Toronto.
Celtics vs. Raptors Prediction and Pick
The Raptors are returning home from a lengthy road trip and are welcomed back to the best team in the NBA. Yes, the Celtics will be without Brown, but he actually has a neglible impact on the team, about an even on/off rating this season.
Boston should be able to get whatever it wants on offense against a Raptors team that is 28th in points allowed per 100 possession since trading OG Anunoby and won't be able to slow down the Celtics potent two way attack that is +7 in terms of net rating since the calendar flipped to 2024.
This Raptors team had a cosemetic change with the move for Quickley and RJ Barrett, and are now returning home after a long road trip, I think this team is still running on fumes and gets blasted by a Boston team that won't be challenged against this porous defense.
Give me the Celtics to win and cover.
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