NBA Preview and Free Pick: Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors
A showdown of two Eastern Conference powerhouses highlights this evening’s three-game NBA
slate. The Boston Celtics will head North of the Border to square off with the Toronto Raptors, a
team they trail by 6.5 games in the conference standings.
Date/Time/TV: Tues. Feb.26, 8:00 PM EST, TNT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -4 (-110)
Boston has dropped two straight and three of their last five contests. The team was last in action on
Saturday, dropping a 10-point road decision to the Chicago Bulls. For the season, the Celtics are 37-
23 (30-29-1 ATS) and currently in 5th place in the east.
Toronto occupies 2nd place in the east, 2.5 games behind the 1st place Milwaukee Bucks. They’re
44-17 (25-35-1 ATS) on the year. The team played host to the Orlando magic on Sunday, falling by a
score of 113-98. That loss snapped a seven-game winning streak.
The Celtics have hit a rough patch of late while dropping four of their last six. The team is 6-4 (6-4
ATS) over its last 10 outings. Boston is just average on the road this year with a mark of 14-15 (12-
17 ATS) thus far.
Team totals stand at 35-25 with the Over coming in for four of the last six. Kyrie Irving leads the
way in scoring with averages of 23.8 ppg and 6.8 apg. Jayson Tatum contributes 16.4 ppg and 6.3
boards, while Al Horford adds in 13.0 ppg and 6.9 rpg.
The Raptors have been playing really well in recent times while going 8-2 (3-7 ATS). During the
club’s recent seven-game winning streak, five of the victories came by five points or more. Toronto
has been stout at home this season with a record of 25-6 (13-18 ATS).
Team totals have been Over for three of the last four and check in at 33-28. Kawhi Leonard tops the
team in scoring with 26.9 ppg and 7.6 boards. He sat out Sunday’s game versus the Magic, but it
looks like he’ll be a go tonight. Kyle Lowry is contributing 14.5 ppg and 9.1 dimes.
Celtics vs. Raptors Prediction
These teams last hooked up on Boston’s home floor last month. The Celtics picked up a 9-point win,
covering as 3-point favorites. Boston has won three of the last five meetings, but the teams are
deadlocked at 5-5 over the last 10. Totals have been Over for four of the last five times these two
teams have faced off.
The Raptors are 4-point home favorites tonight. Absent the setback on Sunday, the team has been
cruising along, while the visitors have had some struggles recently. We’ll take the hosts to defend the
home court and cover in what should be an entertaining affair.
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Pick: Toronto Raptors -4 (-110)