NBA Basketball Spread Pick & Prediction
The Toronto Raptors may have lost Kawhi Leonard in the last NBA Basketball off-season, which now seems like a long time ago. But that doesn’t mean they were going to just lay down and roll over when it comes to defending their NBA title. This is a formidable squad at the very least, and it is something for the players at CentSports, the free sports betting website, to take strongly into consideration when we do our Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Spread Pick & Prediction for Friday night’s TNT matchup.
It will take place at 9 PM ET at The Arena, which is, of course, located on the grounds of ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.
Both of these teams are getting themselves ready for the Eastern Conference playoffs, where they hope to be legitimate challengers to the Milwaukee Bucks, who are sitting at the top. And they both bring some very strong attributes to the table.
While neither club has a top-rung superstar, no one should make any mistake about the fact that they have star-level players who know how to get it done at crunch time. So those who made the prediction that either team would have a slide have been proven wrong.
The Raptors did not necessarily make any significant player additions, but instead had others step up their level of production. One of those people was Pascal Siakam, who played the third wheel, if you will, to Leonard and point guard Kyle Lowry last season. He emerged as more of a scorer and in fact is averaging a cool 23.5 points per game.
Lowry is tallying a shade under 20 per contest, but again, as we talk about people stepping up, guard Fred VanVleet has been a more consistent threat with his elevation into the starting lineup. Recently he poured in 36 points to beat Miami, and he’s at 17.9 ppg, with three-point accuracy just under 40%.
There are actually a number of Raptors who are around that level. Toronto is fourth in the NBA Basketball in three-point percentage. Even the big guys like Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka can nail it from long-range.
Toronto had a fifteen-game winning streak that vaulted them from being just a good Eastern Conference team to being the second seed. And you would recall that they overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Bucks in the East finals last season.
CentSports customers should take note, when evaluating their Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Basketball Spread Pick & Prediction, that these two teams know how to “earn,” in the respect that they are second and third in the league with regard to their pointspread record.
The Celtics are a very well-rounded team, ranking fourth in Offensive Efficiency and fifth on the defensive side. They have three players averaging at least 20 point – Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker. And then of course there is Gordon Hayward (17.3 ppg), who played under coach Brad Stevens at Butler. Marcus Smart is the defensive stopper in the backcourt, with Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter teaming up to man the middle.
Walker, who came over from Charlotte, has adapted well to his new surroundings, and as far as team chemistry is concerned, he appears to be a better fit than Kyrie Irving, who had monster talent but was a little disruptive and needed the ball all the time. Walker, who came into the bubble after rehabbing a knee, has been brought along slowly by Stevens, but his playing time will increase as we approach the playoffs.
Don’t be shocked if this comes down to a tight defensive battle. Furthermore, don’t be surprised if either of these teams throws a huge scare into Milwaukee in the East finals. But take all this information into account when making that Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Spread Pick & Prediction at CentSports!