The Toronto Raptors (44-17) enter Tuesday’s game against the Boston Celtics (37-23) still hoping to find their best rotation. The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, are still trying to find their identity. They are capable of playing with the best—as they did recently against the Bucks.
But then they also tend to play down to their competition—as they did recently against the Bulls.
Boston has played well against the Raptors this season and leads the season series, 2-1. But both wins came at home, and they have struggled against the Raptors in Toronto having lost in their last seven visits.
Each team will be minus a reserve player but will otherwise be at full strength. Toronto is 8-2 this season in games after Kawhi Leonard has a day off (for load management). They have only lost six home games throughout the season. Boston is 14-15 on the road.
This might have been Kyrie Irving's best moment in a #Celtics uniform this season – the last time the Cs played the Raptors, in January— Yianni Kourakis (@YianniKourakis) February 26, 2019
The two play tomorrow night in Toronto in another potential playoff preview. pic.twitter.com/Xo95TGmhnQ
Spread: Raptors by 4
These games are always entertaining, and this one should be no different. But with how both teams have been playing, the Celtics will probably not cover the spread.
They could very well hit the over with ease. But with how well the Raptors have been playing defence, don’t look for the Celtics to hold up their end. Take the under.
Money line: Raptors -180; Celtics +150
Boston has lost four of their last six. They are due for a strong win over a good team. But it is hard to see it happening. Take Toronto to win over Boston.
*Odds via 888sports