The Boston Celtics battle the Toronto Raptors on Friday night in a game that’s about pride and staying sharp more than playoff seeding. Because the league will play out the 2019-2020 season in a bubble, it doesn’t matter who grabs “homecourt” advantage. However, both the Celts and the Raptors want to beat the other squad. Check out analysis and a free pick ATS for Celtics-Raptors on Friday night so you can wager on their NBA odds!
NBA Boston Celtics Vs Toronto Raptors Odds & Analysis
- When: Friday, August 7 at 9:00 pm ET
- Where: Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL
- Celtics vs Raptors Live: NBA League Pass
- ATS Odds: TBD
Why bet on Boston Celtics to cover ATS
On August 5, Boston kicked it up a notch. The Celtics entered the Wednesday game against the Brooklyn Nets after an August 4 loss to the Miami Heat. Coach Brad Anderson must have laid into his team because Boston blitzed the Nets 149-115. The Celtics figure to take the good mojo from the victory and carry it over into Friday night’s contest with the Raptors.
Boston Celtics Expected Starting Five
- F – Jayson Tatum
- F – Gordon Hayward
- C – Daniel Theis
- G – Jaylen Brown
- G – Kemba Walker
Why bet on the Toronto Raptors to cover ATS
Toronto is on a roll. Not counting their Thursday night game versus the Miami Heat, the Raptors are 3-0 SU and 3-0 ATS in their 3 games in Orlando. The Raptors also rank as the top team in the NBA in points allowed per. Toronto will be a favorite. They won’t be a massive favorite, which means they should handle wherever the spread lands.
Toronto Raptors Expected Starting Five
- F – OG Anunoby
- F – Pascal Siakam
- C – Marc Gasol
- G – Kyle Lowry
- G – Fred VanVleet
Celtics vs Raptors Betting Trends
- Over is 4-of-5 in Boston’s last 5 games
- Celtics are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games versus Toronto
- Boston is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 versus the Raptors
- Toronto is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games
- Raptors are 7-0 SU in their last 7 games
- Under is 4-of-5 in Toronto’s last 5 games
- Total has gone Under in 6 straight games where Toronto has played an Eastern Conference opponent
Celtics vs Raptors Final Betting Analysis
Boston looked good beating the Nets, but we shouldn’t read too much into the victory. The Celtics have yet to play like the cohesive bunch we saw in March before the sports shutdown.
In contrast, the Raptors have played like the best team in the NBA. Neither the Lakers, the Clippers, nor the Bucks are playing as well as Toronto. On August 1, the Raptors dominated LAL 107-92.
They got by Miami 107-103 on August 3, and beat Orlando by 10, 109-99 on August 5. Toronto allows 106.1 points per. That ranks first in the league. They allow 42.7% from the field, ranking second in the NBA, and 33.4% from behind the arc, ranking first.
Boston will have trouble scoring against Toronto’s defense. The Raptors win and cover.
NBA Free Pick: Toronto Raptors