It’s a fight between a couple of Atlantic Division matches on the parquet floor north of the outskirt to commence Christmas Day. The Boston Celtics are out and about as they travel to confront the Toronto Raptors Wednesday evening. Boston comes in off a 119-93 pasting of Charlotte Sunday evening at home in their last game. Toronto was dropped 120-115 in extra time out and about by Indiana in their last game Monday night. The Celtics claim a 55-39 bit of leeway in the unequaled ordinary season arrangement between the groups, including a 112-106 home win in the main gathering this season on October 25.
|Date:||Wednesday, December 25, 2019|
|Time:||at 12:00pm EST|
|Location:||Scotiabank Arena, Toronto|
|Odds/Point Spread:||Toronto Raptors +3|
FROM 180 PREDICTIONS
|75%||BOSTON||64% over 212.5|
|Boston are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games.||Toronto are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.|
|Boston are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games.||Toronto are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.|
|Boston are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on the road.||The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games against Boston.|
|Boston are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games when playing on the road against Toronto.||Toronto are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games at home.|
|Boston are 9-3 SU in their last 12 games this season.||Toronto are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games when playing at home against Boston.|
|Boston are 13-3 SU in their last 16 games against an opponent in the Eastern conference.||Toronto are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games this season.|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Atlantic division.||Toronto are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Eastern conference.|
|20-7 (17-8-2 ATS) this season||The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto’s last 8 games played on a Wednesday.|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games when playing as the favourite.|
|21-9 (18-12 ATS) this season|
Boston Celtics Injuries
Toronto Raptors Injuries
|Gordon Hayward (Foot) is probable Wednesday vs Toronto||Marc Gasol (Hamstring) is out indefinitely|
|Enes Kanter (Visa Issues) is probable Wednesday vs Toronto||Norman Powell (Shoulder) is out indefinitely|
|Marcus Smart (Eye) is downgraded to OUT Wednesday vs Toronto||Pascal Siakam (Groin) is out indefinitely|
Boston earned their third consecutive triumph as they steamrolled a Charlotte group playing the second round of a consecutive circumstance Sunday night. The Celtics enter the game holding the top spot in the Atlantic Division considerably a game over Toronto and Philadelphia. Against Charlotte, Boston let Charlotte punch itself out right on time and turned over the last quarter and a half to the success. The Celtics trailed by seven after one yet energized to lead by three at the half. After Charlotte made it 75-73 with 4:30 to play, Boston dominated, outscoring the Hornets 44-20 the remainder of the way. In the game, Boston shot 52.3 percent from the field, including 14 of 32 from three-point extend, and obliterated Charlotte 57-27 on the glass. Jayson Tatum drove the Celtics with a profession high 39 points in addition to 12 sheets in the success.
The Celtics participate in this challenge positioned fifteenth in the association in scoring offense with a normal of 111.2 points per game this season. Boston is ninth in bouncing back by pulling down 46.1 rebounds back per challenge and stands twentieth in helps with 23.1 dimes per game. On the season, Boston is second in the association in scoring protection by permitting 103.2 points per challenge. The Celtics are driven obnoxiously by Kemba Walker, who sets up 22.6 points, 4.1 rebounds back and 5.4 helps per game on the year. Jayson Tatum sets up 21.6 points in addition to 7.1 sheets a night while Jaylen Brown (19.8 points, seven rebounds back), Gordon Hayward (17.5 points, 6.1 sheets) and Marcus Smart (11.8 points, 4.6 helps) are strong patrons unpalatably. Boston is sixteenth in the class in field objective rate by shooting 45.6 percent from the floor as a group on the year. The Celtics are tied for twelfth in three-pointers per game as they channel 12.3 triples every night while they rank sixteenth by hitting 35.8 percent of their endeavors from past the bend. Hayward is relied upon to return subsequent to missing the last three games with nerve torment in his foot while Smart is required to miss another game with his eye damage.
Toronto may have just come up short on steam against Pacers in the wake of establishing an establishment precedent with a 30-point rebound against the Mavericks in their past challenge. The Raptors dropped to second in the Atlantic Division, a large portion of a game behind Boston, with the misfortune. Toronto holds the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference season finisher picture participate in this challenge. The Raptors mobilized from a 11-point shortfall after the opening quarter to lead by one after seventy five percent. Toronto drove by five with 4:20 to play in guideline yet wound up in additional time. The game was tied at 113 with 2:25 to play in the additional session however the Raptors were outscored 7-2 the remainder of the way. Toronto shot 45.7 percent from the field, including 11 of 40 from three-point run, and gave up 18 three-point pails to the Pacers in the misfortune. Kyle Lowry drove the path for the Raptors with 30 points, six rebounds back and nine helps.
The Raptors are twelfth in the class in scoring offense with 112.1 points per game this season. Toronto is seventh in the association with 46.4 rebounds back per challenge and stands ninth in helps with 25.3 per game. The Raptors are eighth in the group in scoring guard by permitting 106.4 points per game. Pascal Siakam drives the group with 25.1 points in addition to eight rebounds back per challenge. Kyle Lowry contributes 20.7 points in addition to 7.6 helps a game while Fred VanVleet sets up 17.8 points and seven helps for every challenge. Serge Ibaka (13.7 points, 7.5 rebounds back), Norman Powell (14.4 points, 3.9 rebounds back) and OG Anunoby (11.5 points, six rebounds back) are folks that Nick Nurse is depending on in the Raptors’ revolution. Toronto is twentieth in the alliance in field objective rate as they shoot 45 percent from the floor as a group. The Raptors are fifth in threes for every game this season as they have thumped down 13.4 triples per challenge while the group is fourth in the class in three-point shooting by hitting 37.2 percent of their odds from long range. Siakam is out inconclusively with crotch damage continued against Detroit December 18 while Marc Gasol is out with hamstring damage endured that day. Powell is out inconclusively with a shoulder issue, further scratching the Raptors profundity.
Toronto has hung in spite of a progression of wounds that have thumped pretty much every key bit of their turn out at some point this season. The Raptors are confronting an extreme test here in any case. Being short Gasol, Powell and Siakam takes out three of the main seven or eight folks in Nurse’s revolution and powers Toronto to depend on folks that aren’t accustomed to getting huge minutes or contributing huge numbers. Boston is getting more advantageous and ought to have Hayward back in the blend for this one. The Celtics have had several days off to rest for this one. That, combined with their relative wellbeing and their energy, gives them the preferred position in this challenge.
Prediction: Boston Celtics – 3