NBA Betting Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors
Favorite: Toronto Raptors (53-19)
Underdog: Boston Celtics (48-24)
Arena:ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
When does the game start?Thursday at 6:30 PM ET
Pascal Siakam will lead Toronto against Jayson Tatum and Boston on Thursday.
Line: Boston -0.5
Over/Under: 215Movement Analysis: The over/under stands at its opening mark, indicating no swings. Toronto has a record of 31-23 against the spread when playing as the favorite, while Boston is 16-5 against the spread as underdogs this year.
Siakam leads the attack, accounting for 19.9% of the Raptors total offense, while taking an average of 18.3 shot attempts. Ibaka is a player to watch, he averages 2.1 offensive boards a contest and collects 18% of his team's rebounds. The Raptors offense is conducted by Lowry, who is responsible for 29.5% of all assists, while turning the ball over 3.1 times a contest.
Toronto can win with a less-than-excellent scoring output, sporting a record of 18-19 when they fail to reach their 113 scoring average. Boston allows 106.7 per game. The Raptors are 20-17 when they shoot below their 37% season average from three. The Celtics allow opponents to shoot 33%. While ball security is typically vital, it rarely spells the end for Toronto, who has a record of 29-12 when they turn the ball over more than their 13.8 season average. Boston causes 14.4 turnovers a game.
Tatum powers the attack, accounting for 20.6% of the Celtics total offense, while taking an average of 18.6 field goal attempts. Kanter is a supplier of second chances, he averages 2.8 offensive rebounds a game and collects 16.1% of his team's rebounds. The Celtics offense is conducted by Tatum, who accounts for 13.2% of all assists, while turning the ball over 2.3 times a game.
Boston can win with a less-than-excellent scoring output, sporting a record of 25-19 when they fail to reach their 113.4 scoring average. Toronto allows 106.5 per contest. The Celtics are 17-21 when they shoot below their 36% season average from three. The Raptors allow opponents to shoot 34%. The Raptors give up 46 rebounds per contest, Boston stands to benefit, going 26-9 when they collect over their average of 45.9.
Boston : 110
Toronto : 110
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