Look for the Celtics to cash at Toronto tonight
Published on Wednesday, 4/4/18, at 1:10 p.m. Eastern.
With five games left, Toronto holds a two-game lead over Boston for the top spot in the East standings. However, the Celtics have won two of three head-to-head meetings with the Raptors and can clinch the tiebreaker and move to within one game out with a victory tonight.
Boston owns a 27-11 record both straight up and against the spread on the road this season. The Celtics saw their six-game winning streak snapped last night in a four-point loss at Milwaukee, but they’re still 6-1 both SU and ATS in their last seven contests.
Despite dealing with a number of injuries, Brad Stevens’ squad has played great basketball going back to Feb. 23. Since then, Boston has compiled a 13-5 SU record and a 14-4 ATS mark. The C’s might get Tery Rozier back tonight after he missed the game at Milwaukee with an ankle injury. He’s listed as ‘questionable.’
Rozier, who averages 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, dropped 21 points on the Raptors in a 110-99 win over Toronto when the C’s were home ‘dogs this past weekend. We were on Boston for a winner in that spot and we’re on it again tonight as a healthy underdog.
Meanwhile, Toronto is mired in a 0-9 ATS slump. The Raptors, who are also in a back-to-back spot after losing at Cleveland last night, have lost outright in five of their past eight games.
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Some other NBA tidbits…
–Dallas won’t have Dennis Smith Jr., Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell for tonight’s game at Orlando.
–Memphis won’t have JaMychal Green, Chandler Parsons and Andrew Harrison tonight at New Orleans. Also, Tyreke Evans is ‘doubtful’ (personal). Evans averages 19.4 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game for the Grizzlies, who have covered the number in four straight games.
–Andre Drummond is ‘questionable’ (illness) for the Pistons tonight in their home game vs. Philadelphia. Blake Griffin is ‘out’ and probably won’t play for the rest of the season.
–Dewayne Demon (ribs) is ‘questionable’ for my Hawks tonight vs. Miami. Atlanta covered against the Heat down in South Florida last night. Miami is favored by eight at Philips Arena tonight.
–Lonzo Ball is ‘questionable’ for the Lakers in their home game against the Spurs tonight.