The Celtics (-301) are favored by 8 points (-8) as they travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors (+243) in an Eastern Atlantic Division matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 ET at Scotiabank Arena.

Boston (30-9) is currently 1st in the Eastern Conference and 1st in the Atlantic Division. Meanwhile, Toronto (15-24) is 12th in the East and 5th in the Atlantic. The Raptors have lost three straight games.


The Pick: Toronto Raptors +8

This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena at 7:30 ET on Monday, January 15th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 116-113 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.5% and knocking down 18 threes.

Can the Celtics Lock in a Win at Toronto?

The Celtics are currently 1st in the Eastern Conference with a record of 30-9. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 22-6 compared to 8-3 against the West.

Boston has an average scoring differential of +4.4 points per game on the road. Their overall ATS record on the road is 7-12, and they are 11-9 straight-up.

This season, the Celtics have an O/U record of 22-17. Today’s O/U line of 241.5 is higher than 34 of their previous games. On average, their games have finished with 233.1 points.

In their last game, the Celtics defeated the Rockets by a score of 145-113. The O/U line for that game was 227 points. Boston covered the spread as 15-point favorites.

For the season, the Celtics are 18-19 against the spread and have gone 16-18 ATS as the favorite. In their last two games, they have covered the spread as the favorite.

Heading into their matchup with the Raptors, the Celtics are one of the top three-point shooting teams in the league, averaging 16.2 made threes per game (1st). Overall, they are 5th in scoring at 121.4 points per game.

When playing on the road, Boston is averaging 118.6 points per game (7th). So far this season, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in 71.8% of their games.

As a team, the Celtics are shooting 48% from the field (11th). They are also one of the top teams in two-point field goal percentage at 57% (4th).

Although the Celtics’ defense is 9th in the league defensively this season, over their last three games they have allowed 122.7 points per contest, which is 25th in the NBA. The Celtics defense is coming off a game in which they held the Rockets offense to just 53.7% shooting. Overall, they gave up 113 points to Houston.

Does Toronto Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?

In their last game, the Raptors lost to the Jazz by a score of 145-113. The O/U line for that game was 242.5 points. This loss extended Toronto’s losing streak to three games.

Toronto’s O/U record for the season is now 23-15-1, and the team has gone over the O/U line in five straight games. Today’s O/U line is set at 241.5, which is higher than 34 of their previous games.

Against the spread, the Raptors are 20-19 for the season, and their ATS record as the underdog is 13-11 (vs. the spread). At home, they are 9-9 ATS.

The Raptors are currently 12th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-24. In the Atlantic Division, they are in 5th place. As the underdog, Toronto has a record of 7-17.

So far this season, the average combined scoring total in Raptors games is 232.6 points. Their games have averaged an O/U line of 226.8 points.

When playing at home, the Raptors are averaging 113.2 points per game (24th). Overall, they are 17th in the league at 115.5 points per game. In terms of pace, Toronto is 17th at 99 possessions per game.

So far this season, the Raptors have outscored the NBA scoring average in 48.7% of their games. When it comes to field goal percentage, Toronto is 10th in the league at 48%. In terms of two-point shooting, the Raptors are 11th at 55%.

When it comes to assists, Toronto is 3rd in the NBA at 29.5 per game. In terms of free throws, the Raptors are 22nd in both attempts (22.6) and makes (16.7) per game.

On average, the Toronto defense is giving up 117.1 points per game (20th). Right now, they are on a 3 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average. Inside the arc, the Raptors defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.2% and 38.8% from three-point territory.