NBA picks: 4 best bets for Raptors vs Celtics
Jack Green provides his four NBA predictions for Thursday night's game between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics.
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Toronto Raptors (+3.5)
The Raptors have climbed to fifth in the Eastern Conference thanks to a run of five wins in six games, and now take on the Celtics, who have hit a slump.
Boston have lost three of their last four, the most recent of which was a 122-108 defeat to the Utah Jazz, and they rank 11th in the NBA in net rating this season while the Raptors are ninth.
Over 220.5 points
Three of the Celtics’ last four games have passed 220 points, and this one should do the same given how the Raptors’ offense has clicked over the past couple of weeks.
Toronto have scored 120 or more in six of their last seven games and now rank ninth in the NBA in points per game and seventh in offensive rating.
Pascal Siakam over 19.5 points
Siakam has really stepped up offensively for the Raptors recently, averaging 25.7 points per game over the last seven games.
He has recorded four 30-point games during that period and has only failed to reach 20 points on two occasions.
Kemba Walker under 16.5 points
Walker has missed 13 games through injury this season and is averaging just 15 points per game, his lowest mark since his rookie season back in 2011-12.
The point guard has failed to reach 17 points in four of his last six games and scored just seven in the Celtics’ last game against the Utah Jazz.
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