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The Toronto Raptors (4-4) take on the Boston Celtics (5-2) in the first game of their season series. A classic Atlantic Division matchup, the Raptors, and Celtics have put on some exciting games in the past. This year, both teams have looked more promising than expected in the early phases of the season.
After ending their two-game losing streak, the Boston Celtics will host this game at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Toronto Raptors are closing a four-game road trip against Boston, where they’ve gone 2-1 so far.
Two teams with high ambitions, the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, enter with aims of staking their claim on the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference.
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Toronto Raptors-8.0 (-110)+275O 222.0 (-110)Boston Celtics+8.0 (-110-345U 222.0 (-110)
|Toronto Raptors||-8.0 (-110)||+275||O 222.0 (-110)|
|Boston Celtics||+8.0 (-110||-345||U 222.0 (-110)|
Our Pick: Total Over 222.0 (-110)
The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics couldn’t be more different as teams. While the Celtics are incredibly capable on the offensive side of the ball, the Toronto Raptors are much more defensive. Still, the Celtics’ scoring pace has been incredible this season, and the Raptors have recently improved on the offensive end. Expect them to clear 222.0 with ease.
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|Toronto Raptors||Head-to-Head||Boston Celtics|
|Darko Rajakovic||Head Coach||Joe Mazzulla|
|4-4 (8th in East)||Standing||6-2 (2nd in East)|
|Won 2||Form||Lost 2|
|108.7 (25th of 30)||Off Rtg||117.9 (6th of 30)|
|107.6 (7th of 30)||Def Rtg||106.2 (3rd of 30)|
|98.3 (26th of 30)||Pace||100.7 (10th of 30)|
|Leaders (Per Game)|
|S. Barnes (21.5)||PPG||J. Tatum (28.4)|
|S. Barnes (10.4)||RPG||J. Tatum (9.7)|
|D. Schroder (8.4)||APG||J. Holiday (5.3)|
|S. Barnes (1.5)||SPG||J. Tatum (1.6)|
|S. Barnes (2.1)||BPG||K. Porzingis (1.6)|
|J. Poeltl (.667) / S. Barnes (8.0)||FG% / FGM||L. Kornet (.778) / J. Tatum (10.4)|
|M. Flynn (.500) / O. Anunoby (2.9)||3P% / 3PM||D. White (.467) / J. Tatum (3.3)|
The Boston Celtics entered this game as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. They are second in the East with a 5-2 record, owning wins over Eastern Conference rivals like the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. They’ve had a beneficial schedule through the early parts of the season, but they’ve also shown their mettle against tough opponents.
The Celtics ended their two-game losing streak by defeating the Brooklyn Nets in their last game on Friday night. Boston again showed off their prolific offense by hitting 19 threes and outrebounding their opponents by 11, despite allowing 44.7% shooting for the game and hitting 15 threes. Boston has yet to be severely limited on the offensive end of the court.
When the Celtics take the court Saturday, they’ll be on the second leg of a back-to-back. Al Horford is still listed as day-to-day, while Neemia Queta still has no date to return.
The Toronto Raptors made some significant changes in their style of play this season, and the results could have been more consistent. Sitting eighth in the East with a 4-4 record, the Toronto Raptors’ offense hasn’t been up to standard, while their defense is as solid as expected. With impressive wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks, the Raptors are more than their .500 record suggests.
The Raptors showed off their offensive potential in their last game, defeating the Dallas Mavericks by 11 points. They scored 127 points on 49.5% shooting from the field and 30.6% from three-point range. Despite shooting poorly from three, the Raptors made up for it by outpacing their opponents by 15 field goals. Of course, their defense helps, as they hold their opponents to 44.2% from the field (4th in the NBA) and 32.5% from three (3rd in the NBA).
The Raptors don’t expect to have center Christian Koloko available as he recovers from a respiratory issue. They also lack forward Precious Achiuwa, who has missed the last four games.
Teams: Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Date: 7:00 PM EST, Saturday, November 11th, 2023
TV: TSN, NBC Sports Boston
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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