Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting Tips 27-02-2019
The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics began the 2018-19 NBA season as the most highly fancied Eastern Conference teams. Heading into the final stretch of the regular season, the Raptors are second, 2.5 games back from conference leaders Milwaukee, while the Celtics are struggling in fifth. Neither team can afford to slip up when they meet in Toronto on Wednesday at 12 noon AEDT.
Raptors, Celtics Both Coming Off Losses
Toronto have been in relatively consistent form during the season, although they lost to the Orlando Magic Monday with superstar Kawhi Leonard resting on the sidelines. Leonard should be back in the lineup to take on the Celtics’ Australian-born star Kyrie Irving.
The Celtics lost 126-116 on the road to the cellar-dwelling Chicago Bulls Sunday in what Boston guard Marcus Smart called an “embarrassing” display. Aussie center Aron Baynes has been missing from the Boston lineup since February 4 with a bruised left foot, and his team has gone just 4-4 in that time. Baynes is expected to miss again on Wednesday.
Raptors v Celtics Betting Tips
Toronto have won their last 29 home games against Atlantic Division opponents. Given the gap in recent form between these sides, it’s hard to see the Raptors dropping this. The Raptors go into this match as the rightful favourites, with bet365 paying 1.56 for a Toronto victory and offering -4.0 in line betting.
The Raptors are averaging 114.1 points per game scored compared to 108.9 ppg against this season, for a total of 223.0 ppg. The Celtics are averaging 112.8 ppg for vs 106.8 ppg against, for a total of 219.6 ppg. Unibet is paying 3.10 for the Raptors to win and the match total to stay below 226.5 points.
The spotlight will be on the duel between Leonard, who’s averaging 26.9 ppg this season, and Irving, who’s averaging 23.8 ppg. Bookies like PointsBet will have player scoring markets closer to tip-off.