Last Updated: 2019-02-26
Atlantic Division foes will clash when the Toronto Raptors (44-17) meet the Boston Celtics (37-23) at Scotiabank Arena. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 226 points with Toronto set as a 3.5-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, and it can be seen on TNT.
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Preview
In the Celtics’ last game, they lost to the Chicago Bulls, 126-116, despite being 10-point favorites. Kyrie Irving had a solid performance for Boston, leading the team in scoring with 37 points on 14-for-24 shooting. Chicago had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.7 (above their season average of 18.3). Boston, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (6.5 vs. 11.8). The two teams combined to score 242 points, which came in well over the O/U total of 219.5.
The Raptors are hoping to rebound after failing to cover as 6.5-point favorites in their 113-98 loss to the Orlando Magic in their last game. Kyle Lowry was Toronto’s high scorer with 19 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Orlando out-rebounded Toronto. The Magic had 12 offensive rebounds and 52 total rebounds, while the Raptors had six and 42, respectively. Combined, the two clubs scored 211 points, which was under the projected point total of 216.5.
Of Boston’s 60 games, 35 have finished over the O/U total, while 33 of Toronto’s 61 games have finished over the O/U total. The Raptors have the superior straight up (SU) record (44-17 vs. 37-23), but the Celtics hold the sizable advantage against the spread (ATS) (30-29-1 vs. 26-33-2).
These two teams have met three times already this year, with the Celtics winning two. Kawhi Leonard led both teams with 33 points in the most recent game, in which the Raptors lost 117-108, unable to cover as 3-point underdogs. The two teams combined to score 225 points, which was just 2 points above the projected point total of 223 points. Boston made 14 of its 30 three pointers (46.7 percent). Toronto, on the other hand, did an excellent job of converting from the charity stripe (19-21; 90.5 percent).
Celtics vs. Raptors ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Celtics, ATS Winner – Celtics, O/U – Over
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Boston ranks second in assists allowed per game (22.9) while Toronto ranks 15th (24.5).
Boston ranks third in steals allowed per game (6.9) while Toronto ranks 10th (7.3).
The Celtics rank seventh in fast break points per game (16.4) while the Raptors rank 13th in fast break points allowed per game (13.4).
Toronto is 13-17-1 ATS at home, while Boston is 11-17-1 ATS on the road.
Toronto is 0-4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, Boston is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders.
The Raptors’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.8, down from 5.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Celtics have scored an average of 111.0 points per game (1.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 113.2 points per game (6.4 above their season average).