The Celtics got their season underway with a road trip to their longtime rivals, the Philadelphia 76ers, on Wednesday evening. They went down to a 107-93 loss, with Gordon Hayward scoring 25 points for Boston and Jayson Tatum contributing 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sixers are seen as being one of the favourites in the Eastern Conference and the NBA this season, so it’s difficult to read too much into the Celtics’ defeat.
Defending NBA champions the Raptors got the new season off to a winning start with a 130-122 victory in overtime over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, with Fred VanVleet scoring a career-high 34 points, while Pascal Siakam fouled out with 34 points and 18 rebounds.
Guard Kyle Lowry added 22 points, as the Raptors showed that there is life after losing NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency and also guard Danny Green for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors Betting Lines & Prediction
The online bookies have been slow to price this one up given the Celtics game in Philadelphia was just hours ago. Sports Interaction have the Boston Celtics as the favourites at -147.06 (1.68) on the Money Line NBA odds with the Toronto Raptors available to back at +122 (2.22) with the same firm. Other bookies odds will follow shortly.
There’s not likely to be much between the two teams in this game, but home-court advantage has to be taken into account when it comes to our NBA bet predictions.
Boston are sure to be the clear favourites going into this game when other leading sportsbooks such as 888Sport, bet365 and Betway Sports put up their odds. They are the tips to justify that favouritism and win.