- Celtics look for 4th win that is straight season series sweep over Toronto Raptors
- Kemba Walker has scored 20 or more points in four straight games for Boston
- Check the odds, analysis and betting preview below
At some point, the Toronto Raptors are going to shake this Boston Celtics black cloud hanging over them. This regular season.
The though it’s hard to imagine that will be Thursday night, when the teams meet for the third and final time Celtics have actually taken three directly from their Atlantic Division competitors, initial a pivotal Game 7 within the East semis year that is last and two not-so-close encounters this season. COVID protocols will play a factor in this one, leaving the Raptors undermanned.
That, and a recent C’s streak that is hot most likely why your home part is an 8-point favorite in this one.
|Raptors vs Celtics Odds||Team||Spread||Moneyline|
|Total||Toronto Raptors||+8 (-110)||+270|
|TBD||Boston Celtics||-8 (-110)||-335|
Odds from FanDuel taken March 3. Tip-off is Thursday at 7pm ET
Celtics Stop Skidding
After a blistering 8-3 begin, Boston limped to a 7-14 mark that settled them to the tier below both the Philadelphia 76ers plus the Brooklyn Nets in the seminar.
Aside through the duo that is all-star of Tatum and Jaylen Brown, their roster weaknesses were amplified when Marcus Smart went down with a calf injury against the Lakers on January 30. The glue guy to this roster has yet to return to the lineup.
JAYSON TATUM OVER ROBIN LOPEZ ???? pic.twitter.com/iwCFURyC5k
— ESPN (@espn) March 1, 2021
Offseason additions like Tristan Thompson and Jeff Teague have underperformed, leaving Boston vulnerable to lapses in play, and unable to close out games.
Thankfully, Kemba Walker has found his star form, helping the C’s rip off three straight wins, the latest an W that is ultra-impressive over LA Clippers. Walker completed with 25 points, drilling six from three-point range, now the 4th game that is straight he’s topped 20 points and hit at least three triples in the process.
PUT SOME RESPECT ON KEMBA WALKER’S NAME ????pic.twitter.com/fz2p7aJIMu
— Guy Boston Sports (@GuyBostonSports) March 3, 2021
For a team that ranks 22nd in scoring, that bump that is extra Walker is helping push Boston extraordinary of close games, while their protection remains strong, keeping groups to your seventh fewest points allowed per game. These are typically tied up for 7th using the Raptors.
COVID has brought no prisoners into the NBA, as well as the Raptors are simply the team that is latest to be bogged down with pandemic-related issues, leading to the postponement of two games in the past week.
Toronto Was severely shorthanded in Wednesday’s 129-105 beating at the tactile fingers for the Pistons, and they’ll once again be without fixtures Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet up against the C’s.
Many for the positives situations, needlessly to say, are separated using one group (Toronto). Tonight the NBA postponed two Raptors games and the team is returning to action. Sources said the spread that is internal to own arisen from inconsistent mask-wearing from coaching staff. https://t.co/YkyI58T4wS
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 3, 2021
Despite the roster that is depleted look for Toronto to do much of the same that’s resurrected them from a 2-8 start to back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
The Raptors will bomb away: they are fourth in NBA in three-point attempts, one of four teams hoisting over 40 a night. They’re hitting at a 38.3% clip, which ranks seventh in the NBA. Against the Pistons, they shot just 12-for-36 from deep (33.3%), while allowing Detroit to go a blistering 20-for-41 (48.8%).
Triple-double for @Klow7 to lift the @Raptors!
20 PTS | 11 REB | 10 AST | 4-5 3PM pic.twitter.com/cLhhKRvPrC
— NBA (@NBA) 27, 2021
That sticky Toronto defense will need to get better for them to get the running game going february. They’re 3rd into the league in transforming turnovers into buckets, accounting for 19.6 points per night and they’re 5th in fast-break scoring at a lot better than 15 per night.
What’s the bet that is best?
Toronto is always game, but it’s hard enough to win in the NBA, much more so when 60% of your starting lineup is sidelined. OG and Siakam would also be the primary defenders on Boston’s supreme wing duo. VanVleet would have likely been tasked with trying to keep up with Kemba.
Defense is a card that is calling both, therefore anticipate the ratings to keep fairly low, as well as the Celtics to sweep this year show.(*)The choose: Celtics -8 (-110) (*)