Raptors vs Celtics Prediction - NBA Picks 12/29/23

Boston Celtics (23-6) vs Toronto Raptors (12-18)

Game Info: Friday, December 29, 2023 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -10.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics duke it out at the TD Garden on Friday night. Here’s a Raptors vs Celtics Prediction.

Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have been struggling lately as they've lost eight of their last 11 games overall, but they will be feeling better after blowing past the lowly Wizards in a 132-102 road win on Wednesday. OG Anunoby led the team with 26 points on 11 of 16 shooting, Pascal Siakam added 22 points with 11 assists while Scottie Barnes chipped in with 20 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Raptors shot 57 percent from the field and 15 of 38 from the 3-point line as they took control of the contest early behind a hot start from Anunoby and Siakam, before they poured in 73 points in the second half to earn the much-needed blowout win to snap a three-game skid.

Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in red-hot form as they've won nine of their last 10 games and they will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after sneaking past the Pistons in a 128-122 overtime home win last night. Kristaps Porzingis led the team with 35 points on 13 of 21 shooting, Jayson Tatum added 31 points with 10 assists and five steals while Derrick White chipped in with 23 poitns and five assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 48 percent from the field and 11 of 39 from the 3-point line as they got off to a terrible start and fell into a early 21-point deficit, before they rallied back into the contest to snatch the game in overtime. The Celtics will face the Spurs after this game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (3.8).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (73.3%).
  • The Raptors rank 30th in the league for free throw percentage this season (73.6%).
  • The Raptors rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw attempts per game this season (18.9).

Raptors vs Celtics Prediction

The Raptors could be a little shorthanded here with Garrett Temple listed as questionable, while the Celtics could be without Jaylen Brown after he sat out last night with back soreness. It's hard to see anything but a win for the Celtics here, but the Celtics are playing on zero days' rest after last night's overtime win over the Pistons, so I'll go with the Raptors and the points in this spot.

 

Peter’s Pick Toronto +10.5

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