The Boston Celtics host the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden with two teams that have been on opposite ends of the streak spectrum. Toronto has won 5 games in a row straight up, but are just 1-7 ATS in their last 8. Boston just had a horrible mini-road trip where they lost 3 games in a row, including the Monday night game in Brooklyn where Kyrie Irving sat out to rest a tender quad.
This game is sitting pretty steady at Boston -2 and we are going to lean to the favorites to cover the spread here. Despite the 3 consecutive losses on the road, Boston won 4 straight at home immediately prior to going on that trip. Overall, Boston is 15-5 at home this season and 14-6 (70% success rate!) against the spread when played in front of their rowdy home fans.
On the injury/freshness front, Kyrie appears good to go and the Celtics are still the deepest roster in the East, and can easily be argued in the entire NBA. The Raptors will be rolling with the same starting lineup they have been, but rotational players VanFleet and Miles are both questionable and Anunoby will not be making the trip for personal reasons. That is all on top of the fact that Valunciunas is still out after his December surgery. In what should be a highly competitive game, we like the depth of the Celtics and the home court advantage for the boys in green to get the outright win and cover of the narrow 2-point spread. As stated in the opening, this is just a lean...we do have one true GreenZone play for our subscribers that went out this morning.