In this high caliber Eastern duel, the two best teams of the conference are clashing, when the second Boston Celtics (53-24), are visiting the best team of the East, the Toronto Raptors (55-22), who have lost their rhythm lately and have seen tonight’s opponent Boston narrowing their difference into just two wins.
Date/Time: 04-04-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -7.5
Toronto are 55-22 (40-37 ATS) so far in the league and are sitting in the top of the East. They have two consecutive losses (3-5 in their last 8) and in their latest matchup they got defeated by Cleveland on the road with a 106-112 score. DeMar DeRozan leads the team in scoring with 23.4 ppg, adding 3.9 boards and 5.2 dimes per game. Kyle Lowry follows with 16.4 ppg, 5.6 boards and a team-best 6.8 dimes per game, while Jonas Valanciunas adds 12.8 ppg and a team-best 8.6 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersBoston are 53-24 (48-27-2 ATS) so far in the league and are sitting in the second place of the East. In their last game they saw a 6-game winning streak end with a road loss against Milwaukee with a 102-106 score. Kyrie Irving leads the team in scoring with 24.4 ppg, adding a team-best 5.1 dimes per game but he unavailable with an injury. Jaylen Brown follows with 14.2 ppg and 5.1 boards, while Jayson Tatum adds 13.9 ppg and 5.1 boards per game.
Boston lead Toronto 2-1 wins this season with each team having won at home. Last game in Toronto ended with a 111-91 score for the Raptors. Toronto have the second-best home record in the league with 31-7, while Boston are 27-11 on the road. Toronto have the third-best offense in the league with 112.2 ppg to Boston’s 104.2, while Boston have the second-best defense in the league with 100.2 ppg to Toronto’s 104.6. Toronto have a better accuracy from the field with 47.21% to Boston’s 45.05%, while Boston have a better accuracy from behind the arc with 37.95% to Toronto’s 35.97%. Boston grab more rebounds, with 44.3 to Toronto’s 43.7, while Toronto dish more assists, with 24.2 to Boston’s 22.3. Toronto are the favorite today but expect a much closer game than 8 points, so pick Boston in this one.
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Boston Celtics +7.5 (-110)