The Toronto Raptors are eager to secure back-to-back wins for the first time since late November when they face off against the Boston Celtics on Friday at the TD Garden. Their quest for consecutive wins comes on the heels of their commanding 132-102 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, which put an end to their three-game losing streak. Following their showdown with the Celtics, the Raptors are set to play the Detroit Pistons in Detroit on Saturday.
The Celtics, on the other hand, will be contending with the second half of a back-to-back following a nail-biting 128-122 overtime triumph over the struggling Pistons, who registered their 28th consecutive loss. Despite the Celtics favoring an eight-point lead for the game on Friday, the total is set at 225.5 points.
The Raptors have reasons to feel confident after their solid performance against the Wizards, where O.G. Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Scottie Barnes played pivotal roles. The team recorded 43 assists, falling just short of their season-high. They are aiming to avenge their previous losses to the Celtics this season and will be looking to build on their impressive shooting performance from the previous game.
Meanwhile, the Celtics are riding high on a four-game winning streak, with Kristaps Porzingis delivering a season-high 35 points to secure their latest victory. However, they faced adversity in their last game after allowing the Pistons to secure a sizable lead and were forced into overtime. Furthermore, Boston’s starters had to put in heavy minutes, which could lead to fatigue as they face the Raptors.
In terms of injuries, the Raptors have minor concerns, while the Celtics are closely monitoring the status of star guard Jaylen Brown, who is currently questionable with a back issue.
As for betting trends, the over has been prominent in Boston’s recent games, while the under has prevailed in the past six meetings between the two teams. Bettors are advised to keep a close watch on player prop trends and consider wagering on the Raptors’ team total exceeding 109.5 points. Despite the Celtics being initially favored by a significant margin, the Raptors could still be a viable bet at +8, particularly if Brown is unable to play.