Celtics vs. Raptors Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Charlie Grant | Updated Aug 07, 2020

Serge Ibaka, Raptors, 2020

The Raptors are coming off a 109-99 win against the Magic on Wednesday. It was the club’s fourth straight ATS cover and it’s seventh straight outright victory dating back to the start of March. 

Boston
48-24
AT
August 07, 2020, 9:00 PM ET
The Arena
Toronto
53-19
Pointspread +2 -110
Moneyline +113
Over / Under o +222

12%

Betting Action

88%

Pointspread -2 -110
Moneyline -123
Over / Under u +222

12%

Betting Action

88%

NBA bettors are treated to a potential second round playoff preview when the Boston Celtics take on the Toronto Raptors in Friday’s marquee matchup. The defending champions put their perfect restart record on the line against a C’s side coming off a 34-point victory on Wednesday.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Boston backers have seen their bankrolls bust in the NBA’s bubble. The Celtics blowout win against the Brooklyn Nets was their first ATS win since the restart. 

The club lost 119-112 to the Milwaukee Bucks as 3.5-point underdogs in their first game, and followed it up with a push as 4-point chalk against the Blazers, and an outright loss to the Miami Heat despite coming into the game as a 5-point favourite.

The Celtics defence seems to have taken the biggest hit. They own a top 5 defence for the season (106.7 points allowed per 100 possessions), but they’re in the bottom third of the league since the restart (114.9 points per 100). Predictably, the Over is 3-1 in the C’s four games in the bubble. 

Toronto is coming off a 109-99 win against the Magic on Wednesday. It was the club’s fourth straight ATS cover and it’s seventh straight outright victory dating back to the start of March. 

The Raptors’ defence isn’t suffering in the new surroundings. The squad is allowing just 98 points per game in its first three contests back from hiatus. The Under is 3-0 in those three games.

The Dinos are looking to even the season series against their Atlantic Division rivals. The Green Guys won at home against the champs back in October, and they spoiled Christmas Day for the Canadian hoops fans by downing the Raptors 118-102. Toronto beat Boston three days later and covered the spread as a 7-point away underdog.

Boston Celtics

Even after a four-month layoff, the Celtics can’t seem to get healthy. Gordon Hayward missed time with a broken hand early in the season and then Kemba Walker ran into a knee issue after the New Year. 

That knee problem is still slowing up the 30-year-old point guard. Walker sat out against the Nets, but is probable to play on Friday against Toronto. He hasn’t played in more than 26 minutes in any of Boston’s four games.

Toronto Raptors

Heading into the restart, the prevailing thought among NBA experts was there are three teams most likely to win the 2020 title: The Lakers, Clippers or Bucks. But after the first few games and some less than impressive showings from the trio of favourites, the Raptors are catching some sleeper buzz.

Could the Raptors be on pace to win a second straight championship? Not saying, just saying.

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