Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

When: Friday, 25 October 2019, 7:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): TSN4, NBC Sports Boston | Sportsnet 590 The Fan, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Toronto Raptors (Away)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 59-24 | TOR}

Season Record: 1-0

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kyle Lowry – (G) Fred Vanvleet – (F) OG Anunoby – (F) Pascal Siakam – (C) Marc Gasol

Top Performers:

  • (G) Fred Vanvleet – 44.0 MPG | 34.0 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 7.0 APG
  • (F) Pascal Siakam – 38.0 MPG | 34.0 PPG | 18.0 RPG | 5.0 APG
  • (G) Kyle Lowry – 45.0 MPG | 22.0 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 6.0 APG

The Toronto Raptors weathered quite the storm from the upstart New Orleans Pelicans during their opening match. After a bit of celebration hangover from their ring ceremony, the Raptors got their defensive act together in overtime to take the game.

Head coach Nick Nurse chose to stay incredibly shallow with his rotation. Opting to play his immediate best for the win, rather than test his newer pieces against a, perceived, weaker team.

While the Boston Celtics can be considered a stronger side than the Pelicans, expect Nurse to go deeper into his bench in this match. Away from home and no longer on a ceremony night, Nurse may ease the pressure on his top players.

For more on the Toronto Raptors, check out this article covering the Raptors Offseason Moves.

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Boston Celtics (Home)

Head Coach: Brad Stevens {All-Time 270-223 | BOS}

Season Record: 0-1

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kemba Walker – (G) Jaylen Brown – (F) Jayson Tatum – (F) Gordon Hayward – (C) Robert Williams

Top Performers:

  • (F) Gordon Hayward – 35.0 MPG | 25.0 PPG | 5.0 RPG | 2.0 APG
  • (F) Jayson Tatum – 37.0 MPG | 21.0 PPG | 10.0 RPG | 2.0 SPG
  • (G) Kemba Walker – 34.0 MPG | 12.0 PPG | 2.0 RPG | 2.0 APG

The Boston Celtics entered this season as one of the top favourites to win the Eastern Conference, however their play against the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t suggest they would be incredibly competitive.

Boston looks to redeem themselves when they take on the defending champion Toronto Raptors on their home court.

While Tatum and Hayward impressed, new acquisition Kemba Walker failed to meet the mark. They will need a better effort from their new star if they hope to take down the Raptors.

For more on the Celtics, be sure to check out this article covering the Boston Celtics Offseason Moves!

What’s At Stake?

The Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors boast one of the Eastern Conference’s and the Atlantic Divisions best rivalries. In 93 regular season meetings, the Celtics lead the Raptors 54-39.

A win for the Toronto Raptors would bring them 2-0 on the season. They will want to establish themselves as a stronger outfit than the media darling Celtics.

A win for the Boston Celtics would be their first of the season. After losing to the Sixers, they’ll want to prove their place in the hierarchy of the Atlantic Division.

How Deep Will the Raptors Go?

In their first match against the Pelicans, the Toronto Raptors were incredibly reserved with their bench usage. Usually a team that goes as many as ten or eleven players deep, Nick Nurse opted to play only eight of his available players.

While Nick Nurse was critical of some of his new arrivals, only playing three of the bench was a shock. It was hopefully a choice of focus more than a sign of rotations to come, as their senior starting five was winded late in their last game.

Expect more minutes for rookies Terence Davis and Matt Thomas, as well as the season debut for last years G-League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Chris Boucher. Considering the quick turnaround, a deeper unit is sure to come.

Can the Celtics Overcome the Raptors Defence?

Almost opposite to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Celtics will be facing a Raptors team that sports an incredibly small back court. With Kyle Lowry and Fred Vanvleet at the one and two, Boston faces a different kind of defence.

Kemba Walker struggled against the length of the Sixers back court. Against Lowry and Vanvleet he’ll come up against two of the few NBA defenders that keep up with him side-to-side.

The Celtics need to prove early that they can overcome Toronto’s stifling perimeter defence, then beat their interior fiends Gasol and Ibaka. The Celtics struggled to shoot the ball in their first match, so they must create better opportunities against the Raptors to seal a win.

Can the Raptors Improve Their Shooting?

With the Toronto Raptors’ shockingly big lineup, they tended to struggle in the first half against the Pelicans. While playing Siakam, Gasol, and Ibaka together is dangerous for opponents on the glass and in the paint, it limited their shooting.

Of 40 attempts from three on the night, the Toronto Raptors converted on only 14 of those attempts. Most of those conversions came in the second half, as some of their more reliable shooters – Lowry, Anunoby, Powell – failed to capitalize on open opportunities.

Should the Raptors continue to struggle from deep, don’t be surprised to see the likes of sharpshooter Matt Thomas and stretch big man Chris Boucher to enter against the Celtics.

Who Can Man the Paint for Boston?

News broke that Ends Kanter wouldn’t be participating in the Celtics’ home opener against he Toronto Raptors. With him out of the match they lose, not only their most adept centre, but valuable experience.

The first look will likely go to Robert Williams or Daniel Theis. Two undersized but defensive forwards turned centers. They won’t offer much on the offensive end, but keeping up with the Raptors’ ball movement is key.

Don’t be surprised to see Stevens go with an ultra-small lineup. Gasol is one of the NBA’s best paint defenders, but struggles to move his feet on the perimeter.

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Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

(F) Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – 22 Oct 2019 – Day To Day (Groin) – Hollis-Jefferson did not play in Tuesday’s (Oct. 22) game against the Pelicans.

(G) Patrick McCaw – 22 Oct 2019 – Day To Day (Knee) – McCaw did not play in Tuesday’s (Oct. 22) game against the Pelicans.

(G) Fred Vanvleet – 24 Oct 2019 – Day to Day (Ankle) – Vanvleet is listed as day to day after injuring his ankle after colliding with a cameraman.

Boston Celtics Roster Notes

(C) Enes Kanter – 24 Oct 2019 – Out (Knee) – Kanter will not play against the Toronto Raptors after suffering a left knee contusion.

(C) Tacko Fall – 22 Oct 2019 – Day To Day (Concussion) – Fall was listed as OUT for Wednesday’s (Oct. 23) game against the 76ers after colliding with a low ceiling.

(G) Romeo Langford – 22 Oct 2019 – Day To Day (Knee) – Langford was listed as OUT for Wednesday’s (Oct. 23) game.

X-Factors: (G) Norman Powell vs (G) Jaylen Brown

Two of the NBA’s most athletic wing players will face off when the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics battle.

Neither had a strong showing in their first match of the season, so both are certain to try and get back on track.

(G) Norman Powell (6-4, 215lb (193cm, 97kg) | UCLA | 4 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2026TOR129.05.08.02.0.286.200

 

With the departure of Danny Green, Norman Powell is certainly expected to make up for some of his scoring and defence. However in his first game, he couldn’t find his range.

In their season opener, Powell was only 2-7 from the field. His shooting was not inspiring, but he contributed in other areas by grabbing eight rebounds. His offence will need to be on the mark to beat the Celtics though.

(G) Jaylen Brown (6-6, 223lb (198cm, 101kg) | California | 3 Years)

 

 

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
19-2023BOS121.08.07.00.0.500.500

 

After signing a four-year $115 million contract extension with the Celtics, many expected a breakout match from the 23 year-old. Instead he disappointed greatly.

Not only was Brown uninvolved offensively, but he was rather passive. Partially due to the performance of Gordon Hayward, Brown looked lost in the Celtics’ offence. The Raptors provide a more traditional defensive matchup, so he will certainly look to take advantage of their small er backcourt.

Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics Predictions and Odds

The odds will be updated as they are made available.

Why the Toronto Raptors Will Win

The Toronto Raptors’ starting unit is on absolute fire. If they can keep the pace they will have a good chance, but they’ll need their bench to perform to help their odds.

Why the Boston Celtics Will Win

The Boston Celtics can steal a win at home if their star performers meet expectations. Gordon Hayward surprised, but Walker and Brown need to step up and lead a notably weaker Celtics side and second unit.

Game Odds – Raptors vs Celtics

The latest odds for the Raptors vs Celtics are provided by 888sport NJ, DraftKings, and Unibet NJ.

Good Luck!

Money Line:

SportsbookBOS CelticsTOR Raptors
888sport NJ+123-143
DraftKings+123-143
Unibet NJ+123-143

Point Spread:

SportsbookBOS Celtics +3TOR Raptors -3
888sport NJ-109-112
DraftKings-109-112
Unibet NJ-109-112
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