The Boston Celtics 45-23 (39-25-4 ATS) play the Toronto Raptors 49-18 (38-28-1 ATS) in the last game of the slate tonight. You can watch the game live on TNT tonight after the Magic vs. 76ers, and we have a Free Pick for it.
Start Time: Friday, August 7th 2020 at 9:05PM ET
Toronto have come out of the gate firing since the NBA returned to play.
The Raptors are 3-0 with wins against the Lakers (107-92), Heat (107-103) and Magic (109-99).
Boston are just 2-2 since returning. They opened with a loss to the Bucks (119-112), then they defeated the Trail Blazers (128-124), lost to the Heat (112-106) and beat up on the Nets (149-115).
Celtics vs. Raptors Betting Odds for August 7th, 2020
Here are the betting lines for this match-up from America’s Bookie:
Moneyline: Celtics (+115) vs. Raptors (-135)
Point Spread: Celtics +2.5 (-110) vs. Raptors -2.5 (-110)
Game Total: Over 219.5 (-110) vs. Under 219.5 (-110)
These are two of the top three teams when looking at NBA picks against the spread this season.
BOS vs. TOR Season Series (Head-to-Head)
These two Eastern conference rivals have played each other three times this season.
The Celtics have a 2-1 edge in the H2H series. Boston won the first two games – 112-106 at home in October and 118-102 in Toronto on Christmas Day. Toronto bounced back a few days after Xmas – defeating the Celtics 113-97 in Boston. Will the Raptors be able to even up the H2H series?
Starting Lineups in Celtics vs. Raptors Game Tonight
PG: Kemba Walker
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Gordon Hayward
C: Daniel Theis
PG: Kyle Lowry
SG: Fred VanVleet
SF: OG Anuoby
PF: Pascal Siakam
C: Marc Gasol
Both teams come into this match-up relatively healthy.
Kemba Walker is still dealing with a knee injury and is on a minutes restriction. He played in Boston’s first three games – playing more minutes each game (19, 22 and 27). Walker was held out of the team’s last game against Brooklyn. I wouldn’t expect him to play more than 25-28 minutes tonight.
Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics – Full Game Highlights | December 28, 2019
Celtics vs. Raptors ATS Free Pick
Toronto have been playing great since returning to play, and lines at top online sportsbooks are proving it. Lowry played great in the first game back, but he has struggled since, however, VanVleet has picked up the slack at the guard positions.
Siakam has started slow since the restart as well, but even though the Raptors have a short bench, they have players coming off the bench and producing, including Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell.
This might be the game Siakam goes off. He has only played in one of the games against Boston this season and he put up a stat line of 33 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists in 35 minutes.
With Hayward starting at PF for Boston, Siakam should be able to dominate him. Siakam is still looking for his first double-double since the NBA restart and I’d bet it comes tonight.
The Raptors can also lock up the #2 seed in the East tonight. Toronto essentially have the #2 seed locked up already, as they just need to win one more game or have Boston lose one more game.