Boston at Toronto Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 9, 2017 in

The Boston Celtics (23-14) head up to Canada to take on the Toronto Raptors (24-13) in NBA action on Tuesday night. Virtually neck and neck in the standings, these team also have similar records against the spread, as Boston sits at 19-17- 1 while Toronto sits at 19-16- 2. Boston comes in having won 10 of 12, including a 117-108 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. Toronto has dropped five of seven, including their last two — setbacks in Chicago and then at home against Houston on Sunday. Take a look at our recommendations for this game as well as the rest of our online betting odds for the week ahead.

Boston at Toronto Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 7:30pm ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
Radio: Boston / Toronto 
Live Stream: NBA TV

Why should you bet on the Celtics?

Despite the fact that Avery Bradley (Achilles strain) has to stay on the bench, the Boston Celtics have not seen any dip in production, thanks to Marcus Smart, who posted a season-best 22 points in the Celtics’ win over New Orleans on Saturday. Smart also pulled down five boards, dished out six assists and picked up two steals. Isaiah Thomas was the show on offense, dropping 38 on the Pelicans (posting his 21st straight game with 20 or more points). Despite the fact that Anthony Davis posted 36 points and 15 rebounds, the Celtics put 36 points on the board in the third period and took a 20-point lead into the fourth. Bradley may return for the game, but even if he can’t, Boston has the offensive strength to hang with Toronto. They have made 17 or more shots from downtown for four game in a row — and if they can do that against Toronto, that would tie an NBA record.

Why should you put your money on the Raptors?

Toronto ran into a Houston juggernaut on Sunday, as James Harden posted his 10th triple-double of the season, with 40 points, 10 boards and 11 assists. The Raptors’ defense did force 15 turnovers — 10 from Harden alone — and the Raptors entered the fourth period up four points. However, the Toronto defense fell apart in the fourth quarter, giving up 34 points, including a 15-0 run to open the period. DeMar DeRozan did put together a 12-point run all on his own, but this marked the second straight loss in which Toronto entered the fourth period with a lead but still lost — after opening the season 19-0 when leading after three. If you like the Raptors against a tough Boston team that is riding a hot trend, then you like them to shore up that defense in the last quarter.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like what the Raptors bring, but their defense is slipping right now, and Boston is peaking at the right time for this matchup. I predict a final score of Boston 109, Toronto 103.