In this high caliber all-Western showdown, the two top squads of the conference are clashing, when the Toronto Raptors (55-20), who have lost their footing lately, are visiting the Boston Celtics (52-23), who want to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 03-31-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics +5.5
Boston are 52-23 (46-27-2 ATS) so far in the league and are sitting in the 2nd place of the East. They have won their last five games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Utah on the road with a 97-94 score. Kyrie Irving leads the team in scoring with 24.4 ppg, adding a team-best 5.1 dimes per game but he is unavailable due to injury. Jaylen Brown follows with 14.2 ppg and 5.2 boards, while Jayson Tatum adds 13.6 ppg and 5.1 boards per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersToronto are 55-20 (40-34 ATS) so far in the league and are sitting in the top of the East. In their latest matchup they were victorious against Denver at home with a 114-110 score. DeMar DeRozan leads the team in scoring with 23.3 ppg, adding 3.9 boards and 5.2 dimes per game. Kyle Lowry follows with 16.6 ppg, 5.6 boards and a team-best 6.8 dimes per game, while Jonas Valanciunas adds 12.7 ppg and a team-best 8.5 boards per game.
Each team have been victorious at home in their two previous matchups this season (Toronto by 20 points and Boston by one). Boston have a 24-13 home record this season, while Toronto are 24-13 on the road. Toronto have the third-best offense in the league 112.5 ppg to Boston’s 104.1, while Boston have the third-best defense, allowing 100.1 ppg to Toronto’s 104.4. Toronto have a better accuracy from the field with 47.26% to Boston’s 45.02%, while Boston have a better accuracy from behind the arc with 38% to Toronto’s 36.2%. Boston grab more rebounds, with 44.4 to Toronto’s 43.6, while Toronto dish more assists, with 24.2 to Boston’s 22.4. Toronto have lost their rhythm lately and Boston are coming in this game hot and both teams have most likely locked their current positions for the upcoming playoffs. Expect the Celtics to get away with the home victory one way or another today.
Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics +5.5 (-109)