I was incorrect on my last Raptors free betting tip as the Heat (-3.5) were defeated at home 107-104. I am now 31-31 in Raptors free betting tips. Tonight the 48-32 Toronto Raptors travel to Boston to take on the 38-42 Celtics.
(48-32) Toronto Raptors @ (38-42) Miami Heat
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Tyler Hansbrough
Boston – PG – Marcus Smart SG – Avery Bradley C – Tyler Zeller SF – Evan Turner PF – Brandon Bass
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 20.1 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.7 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.8
Boston – PPG – Isaiah Thomas 19.5 RPG – Jared Sullinger 7.8 APG – Evan Turner/Isaiah Thomas 5.4
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 104.3 (4th) PA – 101.2 (21st)
Boston – PF – 101.4 (12th) PA – 101.3 (22nd)
The Toronto Raptors have won 3 straight games. On Saturday they scored a 107-104 win at Miami. Backup shooting guard Louis Williams led the way with 29 points on 9 of 18 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench. He was 4 of 7 from the 3 point line and 7 of 7 from the free throw line. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan netted 24 points on 7 of 17 shooting in 37 minutes. He was 9 of 11 from the free throw line. He also had 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Point guard Kyle Lowry contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds. He was 3 of 14 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free throw line in 36 minutes. Reserve point guard Greivis Vasquez chipped in with 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting in 25 minutes. The team shot 42.2% from the field, 34.6% from the 3 point line (9-26), and 75.7% from the free throw line (28-37). The Raptors and Heat were even on the glass as they each had 47 rebounds. The Raptors were down 2 points at the end of 3 quarters but out-scored their opposition 28-23 in the final period. Toronto is 22-18 on the road this season. Tonight is the first game of a back to back. They are 12-6 in the 1st game of a back to back this season. Tonight is also the final game of a 4 game road trip. Tomorrow night they close their regular season at home versus the Charlotte Hornets.
The Boston Celtics have won 4 straight and 6 of their last 7 games. On Sunday they cruised to a 117-78 home victory versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Backup point guard Isaiah Thomas led the team in scoring with 17 points on 5 of 10 shooting in 22 minutes. He was 5 of 6 from the free throw line. He also had 6 assists. Small forward Evan Turner finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. He was 6 of 12 from the field in 27 minutes. Shooting guard Avery Bradley netted 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting in 28 minutes. He also had 4 assists. Backup power forward Jared Sullinger chipped in with 11 points and 4 assists. He was 4 of 7 from the field in 17 minutes off the bench. Center Tyler Zeller, power forward Jonas Jerebko, and center Kelly Olynyk each had 10 points. The team shot 54.8% from the field, 41.7% from the 3 point line (10-24), and 68.2% from the free throw line (15-22). The team was out-rebounded 44-38. The Celtics’ big quarter was tne 2nd as they outscored the Cavs 34-9. Boston is 21-20 at home this season. Tonight is the 1st game of a back to back. They are 6-11 in the first game of a back to back this season. Tomorrow night they close out their regular season at Milwaukee.
Toronto leads the season series with Boston 2-1.On November 5th the Raptors notched a 110-107 road victory, on January 10th the Raptors grabbed a 109-96 home win, and on April 4th the Celtics held on for a 117-116 overtime road victory. Tonight is the final meeting of the season between the 2 teams.
The Raptors are a half game behind the Bulls for the 3rd spot in the East so this game is important but it’s hard for me to ignore the roll the Celtics have been on lately and their coach Brad Stevens really has them playing well. They clinched a playoff spot but still to be determined is whether they’ll be the 7th or 8th seed. I’m picking the hot Celtics in this one. Take the Celtics +2 (1.95) (Bet365)
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