Boston Celtics (9-2) vs. Toronto Raptors (5-6)
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors 11/17/23 – On Friday night, the Boston Celtics will face off with Toronto Raptors in what promises to be an intense clash of Eastern Conference contenders. Raptors aim to improve on their standing, so this game should provide plenty of action. We’ll break down key statistics of both teams for this highly-anticipated showdown in NBA action – so sit back and get ready for some NBA game-winning tips.
The Boston Celtics have opened their season strong, posting an impressive 9-2 record and solidifying themselves as contenders in the Eastern Conference. Their offensive prowess is evident as they average 119.4 points per game with a 47.7% field goal percentage; beyond-the-arc shooting of 36.8% from three-point range is impressive too. But scoring is only part of what makes these Celtics great: their well-rounded team approach brings 47.9 rebounds per game, 25 assists per game and 6.4 steals per game plus their impressive defense which averages 5.2 blocks per game.
The Toronto Raptors (5-6) have had an admirable start to the season but will aim to improve their record against the Boston Celtics (7-5). Offensively, they average 108.5 points per game on offense while shooting 45.2% field goal percentage; their three-point shooting has lagged behind opponents at 32.8% however. Defensively, they average 4.9 blocks per game while providing 27.4 assists per game, showing good ball movement.
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors 11/17/23 Game Info
|When:||Friday, November 17, 2023 at 7:30 PM ET|
|Stream:||NBA League Pass|
Jayson Tatum (SF) vs. Scottie Barnes (SF)
Jayson Tatum has been an instrumental component in the Boston Celtics’ success during his 11 games played and started. Averaging 36.5 minutes per game, Tatum contributes 28.5 points per game while contributing 8.8 rebounds (including 0.7 offensive rebounds) per game and providing 4.1 assists per game; additionally he contributes 1.3 steals and 0.2 blocks every night while being an effective defensive presence with 1.3 steals and 0.2 blocks every night! However, his 2.7 turnovers per game may pose some concern.
Scottie Barnes has quickly established himself as one of the Toronto Raptors’ rising stars. Over his 11 games played and started, he averages 35.7 minutes on court and contributes an average 20.9 points per game to their offense. Furthermore, Barnes boasts 9.6 rebounds per game as well as 5.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.6 blocks per game as well as an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3 which shows his smart playmaking.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Boston Celtics -185, Total Odds: 216.5
As per the current betting odds, the Boston Celtics are the favorites in this matchup. The Celtics have a spread of -4.5 with a moneyline of -185, while the total over/under stands at 216.5, with the over at -104. On the other side, the Toronto Raptors have a spread of +4.5 with a moneyline of +160, and the under is at -118. These odds indicate that the Celtics coming out on top in this game.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics have been an impressive team both on the court and against the spread. Over their last five games they are 4-1 against the spread and an outstanding 7-1 in eight against Toronto Raptors; total went under in four out of their five encounters suggesting solid defense from them; moreover they’ve bested them 5-0 straight up (SU).
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
The Toronto Raptors have had mixed results over their last nine games. Although they are inconsistent when it comes to covering the spread, four out of their last five match-ups with Boston saw total scores going under in four cases; this trend may be particularly concerning at home where they are just 1-10 ATS during that span.
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors 11/17/23 Betting Picks
Analysis indicates that Boston Celtics should hold the edge against Toronto Raptors in this exciting contest. They have been in remarkable form lately both in terms of their record and betting trends; furthermore, their offensive firepower combined with solid defensive play should give them an advantage in this matchup.
Sports handicapping involves carefully considering data, trends and matchups to make informed betting decisions. Based on their strong start to the season and recent victories over Toronto Raptors, the Boston Celtics appear to have an edge here; however, upsets in NBA play can arise at any time, so it’s crucial to carefully weigh all factors before placing bets.
Free Pick and Prediction: Boston Celtics 114, Toronto Raptors 108