I was correct in my 1st Raptors pick as Toronto (-11.5) beat OKC 100-88. Tonight they take their act on the road to play the Celtics in Boston.
Toronto Raptors (3-1) @ (1-2) Boston Celtics
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Patrick Patterson
Boston – Point Guard – Rajon Rondo Shooting Guard – Avery Bradley C- Kelly Olynyk Small Forward – Jeff Green Power Forward – Jared Sullinger
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 21.8 RPG – Amir Johnson 7.5 APG – Kyle Lowry 5.8
Boston – Points Per Game – Jeff Green 23.0 Rebounds Per Game – Rajon Rondo 8.7 Assists Per Game – Rajon Rondo 11.7
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 104.8 (T6th) PA – 98.0 (16th)
Boston – Points For (Per Game) – 108.0 (2nd) Points Against (Per Game) – 109 (29th)
The Toronto Raptors won for the 3rd time in 4 games last night with a 100-88 victory at home versus the Thunder. The team was led by guard DeMar DeRozan’s 16 points. He was 4 for 12 from the field in 31 minutes of action. Forward Patrick Patterson chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. He was 5 of 9 from the field in 36 minutes. Backup forward Tyler Hansbrough netted 12 points with 7 rebounds. He was 2 of 6 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free throw line. 3rd center Lucas Noquiera scored 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting in 19 minutes. The Raptors had a rough time shooting as they shot 39.5% from the field and 25.8% from the 3 point line (8-31). They shot 84.8% from the free throw line (28-33). The team was out-rebounded 41-39. The team defense forced the Thunder to turn the ball over 19 times. Toronto is 1-1 on the road this season. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. Last season they had a 10-8 record in the 2nd game of a back to back.
The Boston Celtics arrive for tonight’s contest losers of 2 in a row. On Monday night they were defeated at Dallas 118-113. They started out the game miserably as they were out-scored 40-19 in the opening quarter. It was an uphill battle from there but they did out-score the Mavericks 72-51 in the 2nd half. Forward Jeff Green led the team with 35 points on 14 of 28 shooting in 39 minutes. He also grabbed 7 rebounds and had 2 blocks. Guard Avery Bradley netted 32 points on 13 of 22 shooting in 37 minutes. He also had 8 rebounds. Forward Jared Sullinger chipped in with 14 points. Point guard Rajon Rondo dished out 15 assists to go along with 9 rebounds and 7 points. The team shot 44.1% from the field, 35.5% from the field (11-31), and 75% from the free throw line (12-16). The C’s out-rebounded the Mavs 49-36. Boston is 1-0 at home this season. Including tonight they play 5 of their next 6 games at home.
Last season Toronto was victorious in 3 of 4 meetings with Boston.
Despite the Raptors winning by 12 last night it was an ugly victory as the team shot poorly. They’re going to have to play good defense tonight against a (so far this season) high-scoring team. The Celtics’ defense is porous however so I can see DeRozan getting his points tonight. Take the Raptors +2 (1.90) (Bet365)
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