Offense meets defense when the Boston Celtics (20-7) travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors (21-9). Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Odds Preview
The Celtics had no trouble getting past the Charlotte Hornets in their last matchup, 119-93, easily covering as 12.5-point favorites. Jayson Tatum was the game’s leading scorer with 39 points on 15-for-29 shooting. The Celtics had a great offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6 (above their season average of 23.4) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.602 (above their season average of 0.522). The two teams combined to score 212 points, which came in just over the projected point total of 209.
In the Raptors’ last game, they were topped by the Indiana Pacers, 120-115, and were not able to cover as 3.5-point underdogs. Kyle Lowry was the top scorer from either team with 30 points on 10-for-21 shooting. Indiana had a healthier turnover percentage (9.6 vs. 11.8). Toronto, meanwhile, did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (18-24; 75.0 percent). Combined, the two clubs scored 235 points, which came in well over the projected point total of 210.5.
Points could be at a premium in this contest between two of the NBA’s top defenses. Toronto ranks second in defensive efficiency (102.2) and Boston is third (102.4). Moreover, the Celtics commit the fifth-fewest errors in the NBA (turnover percentage of 12.8 percent), while the pesky defense of the Raptors causes the fourth-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 14.9 percent).
These two clubs have already met once this season. In that game, the two teams combined to put up 218 points, just over the projected point total of 213. The Celtics won 112-106, covering as 3-point favorites. Boston had a much better turnover percentage (7.2 vs. 21.2). Toronto, meanwhile, made 18 of its 36 three pointers (50.0 percent). Lowry had a stellar game with 29 points and seven assists.
Celtics vs. Raptors Odds Prediction
NBA Prediction: SU Winner – Celtics, ATS Winner – Celtics, O/U – Under
Toronto averages 35.9 three pointers per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA. Boston ranks 25th in three pointers allowed per game (34.9).
Boston averages 12.9 second chance points per game, which ranks 19th in the league. Toronto ranks 24th in second chance points allowed per game (14.4).
The Celtics allow the fewest steals per game (6.3) while the Raptors rank second (6.7).
Toronto is 10-6 ATS at home, while Boston is 8-5-1 ATS on the road.
Toronto is 3-2 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Over 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 7.0, up from 5.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Celtics have scored an average of 113.6 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 105.2 points per game (2.0 above their season average).