Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics - 2/11/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Boston Celtics (12-11) vs Toronto Raptors (11-13)
Game Info: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -4.5 -- Over/Under: 222.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors pay a visit to the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden on Thursday night.
The Toronto Raptors have been in terrific form lately as they've won five of their past six games and they will be gunning for a third straight win after last night's 137-115 road win over the Wizards. Norman Powell led the team with 28 points on 10 of 18 shooting, Pascal Siakam added 26 points, Kyle Lowry scored 21 points while Chris Boucher racked up 17 points with 16 rebounds off the bench. As a team, the Raptors shot 52 percent from the field and 19 of 32 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates with 40 points in the first quarter to take an early double-digit lead, before cruising in the second half as they finished in a flurry to make it a complete blowout.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in a rut lately as they've lost five of their last seven games and they will be hoping to end a two-game skid after getting routed by the Jazz in a 122-108 road loss on Tuesday. Jaylen Brown led the team with 33 points on 12 of 20 shooting, Jayson Tatum added 23 points on seven of 20 shooting while Daniel Theis chipped in with 15 points, but no other player finished in double figures. As a team, the Celtics shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 29 from the 3-point line as they hung with the red-hot Jazz until the third quarter where they allowed 42 points. Kemba Walker has been in a shooting slump and he struggled once again as he scored just seven points on two of 12 shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record.
Head to head, the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings overall and the Raptors are 2-7 ATS in the last nine meetings overall.
It's always tough to play on zero days' rest, but the Raptors have been playing some of their best basketball of the season and it looks like they're catching the Celtics at the right time as they're low on troops and struggling right now. I can see the Celtics getting big games from Tatum and Brown, but Walker has been in a shooting slump and I think that will hurt them once again. The Raptors are clearly the team in better form right now and I think they can stay hot with an upset win here.