Raptors vs. Celtics Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 24, 2019

Toronto Raptors championship rings

The Raptors got their rings and got a win on Tuesday night at home. Now they look to put all of the partying behind them as they head off to Boston for a Friday night matchup with the Celtics.

October 25, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
TD Garden

It’s the first road game of the new season for the Toronto Raptors as they visit Boston on Friday night in the Celtics’ home opener.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Boston was the favourite to emerge from the Eastern Conference entering last season but never seemed to all get on the same page. The C’s finished fourth in the East at 49-33 and lost in five games to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference semifinals. In hindsight, everyone still in Beantown tends to blame All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving for all the issues. Great player but perhaps not the best guy in the locker room. He’s now in Brooklyn.

The Raptors and Celtics have split the season series each of the past two years and Toronto didn’t win in Boston either year. The Celtics were 28-13 at TD Garden last regular season.

Former Raptor Kawhi Leonard played in all four last year and averaged 29.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. Serge Ibaka was at 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, Pascal Siakam 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Kyle Lowry 11.5 points and 7.8 assists.

Irving put up 24.5 points and 10.0 assists per game in the series. Jayson Tatum 16.0 points and 8.3 rebounds, and Al Horford 14.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Horford also left this summer in free agency, heading for Philadelphia.

The favourite has covered five straight in this series.

Toronto Raptors

After receiving the largest NBA championship rings in league history on Tuesday night, the Raptors went out and beat the Zion Williamson-less New Orleans Pelicans 130-122 in overtime – a rather unlikely cover of the 7-point spread. Lowry sent it to overtime on two made free throws with 29.2 seconds left in regulation. Each side missed at least one shot to win after that. Fred VanVleet had a career-high 34 points despite tweaking his ankle and Siakam – in his first game since getting a huge new extension – dominated with 34 points, 18 rebounds and five assists despite fouling out. Lowry had 22 points in Toronto’s seventh straight opening night win. The Raptors were without forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left groin) and Patrick McCaw (left knee) and new addition Stanley Johnson didn’t play a second.

Boston Celtics

While the Celtics didn’t really replace Horford this off-season, they did a fine job replacing Irving with All-NBA point guard Kemba Walker, formerly of Charlotte. In his Celtics debut Wednesday in Philadelphia, though, Walker really struggled in a 107-93 loss. He was an ugly 4-for-18 from the field for 12 points and a minus-16 plus/minus rating. Jayson Tatum hit only 8-for-22 and Boston shot 36.7 per cent as a team. The bench did next to nothing. To be fair, the Sixers should be one of the NBA’s top defensive teams this season. One bright spot was Enes Kanter scoring 12 points with six rebounds in 25 minutes as the starting centre. He also was an off-season addition. As noted, this is Boston’s home opener and it has covered only five of its previous 21 there.

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