Boston Celtics (1-0) vs Toronto Raptors (1-0)Date : 10/19/2018
Time : 8:00 PM ET
Location : Scotiabank Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors
The Raptors will welcome the Boston Celtics to Scotiabank Arena as they are looking to win two straight games after taking down the Cavs in their season opener while the Celtics hit the road for the first time this season after beating out the 76ers. Game tips off at 8:00 PM ET.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
The Boston Celtics are looking great in their first game back, they took down the 76ers. Jayson Tatum hasn’t lost a step as he scored 23 points with nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one triple in 29 minutes. As Reggie said in the broadcast you can clearly see Kobe’s influence in his game after one offseason. Although it is a long shot it seems like to me the Celtics have won the NBA lottery again because Tatum really held his own playing alongside Hayward and Kyrie. He has taken another leap as a player. He’s a superstar in the making. Gordon Hayward had 10 points in his return to the team despite his 4 for 12 shooting it was great to see him on the floor. He is on a 25-30 minute restriction so it will take time for him to return to his old self. Kyrie Irving didn’t have the debut that he wanted he only shot 2-14 scoring 7 points but as good as this team is Kyrie should be just fine as the season progresses.
Player to watch: Jayson Tatum, it will be great to see him go up against Kawhi for the first time in his second game. I expect him to hold his ground and remind everyone in the league that what he did in his first season was no fluke. His game is poised for a player who is only 20 years of age, he can only get better.
Toronto Raptors's Latest Performance :
The Raptors had a solid home opener against the Cavs with Kawhi and Lowry leading the charge. The win was expected for this Raptors squad but what stood out to me the most was the team chemistry that the Raptors have already despite playing together for a short period of time. They combined for 18 points in the third quarter. It was great to see the Raptors come out with a win over the Cavs after have defeated them in three straight postseasons. Kawhi ended the game with 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He looks great on the floor in his first regular season game. Kyle Lowry had a game-high 27 points hitting 10 of his 12 shots including 5 treys on the night. Playing against the Celtics will be the Raptors first real challenge as they will be facing a team as good as them.
Player to watch: Kawhi Leonard, he will be going up against Haywood and second-year player Jason Tatum these three players have similar playing styles. It will be a test for Leonard since he is going up against elite talents to see whether he is still the player he was before the injury.
How Boston Celtics & Toronto Raptors Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Against The Spread Selection: Boston Celtics
My reason for the pick :
The Celtics remain unstoppable as they will beat the Raptors on the road. The Celtics have gotten better since last season that is the scary part Kyrie will mostly bounce back from his 7 points effort in the season opener because as good as he is he won’t have a bad scoring game two games in a row. Jayson Tatum keeps getting better and the sky is the limit the things he does on the floor is uncommon for a 20-year-old so it will be interesting to see how he goes up against Kawhi. For the Raptors, they will have to play solid team defense because the Celtics can put points up in a hurry. Lowry will have to find ways to score because he will be matched up with Kyrie all night long. Celtics team play and ball movement will be the reason why the Celtics are coming up on top on the road in this one.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
Betting trends for Toronto Raptors:
- Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.