The TORONTO and the BOSTON will both be gunning for a victory on 11/16/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
TORONTO RAPTORS vs BOSTON CELTICS
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, November 16, 2018
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
|707||TORONTO||-1.5 (-110)||214 (-110)||100
TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: BOSTON , TORONTO
Oddsmakers currently have the BOSTON listed as -1.5 point favorites versus the TORONTO, while the game’s total is sitting at 214.
The Boston Celtics hope to have solved some of the problems stemming from a rocky road trip, just in time for a visit from the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors, on Friday night. After a 1-4 trip that featured only a come-from-behind win at lowly Phoenix, the Celtics took out some frustrations with a 111-82 win over Chicago in their return home Wednesday.
“One of the toughest things to do in this league is to come off a road trip, good or bad, and play well in front of the home fans,” guard Kyrie Irving told reporters after scoring 17 points. “For us it was a conscious effort to be more aggressive and kind of play the game out as it came.” The Raptors started 12-1 but may have some frustration to take out as well after dropping their final two games of a three-game homestand, including Wednesday’s 106-104 loss to Detroit and former coach Dwane Casey. Toronto blew a 19-point lead and fell on Rodney Bullock’s buzzer-beater to send the squad out on a four-game road trip on a bad note. “It’s a good win for (Casey),” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry told the media. “I’m sure he’s happy, but we’re not happy. I’m not happy for him. We should have won the game.”
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, Sportsnet One (Toronto), NBCS Boston
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (12-3): Kawhi Leonard had 26 points, nine rebounds and three steals in the loss to the Pistons, but he also committed six of Toronto’s season high-tying 20 turnovers, eight of which came in the fourth quarter. He was also 1-of-6 from 3-point range for a team that has made just 17 of its 65 long-range attempts during the two-game slide. Reserve swingman CJ Miles (groin) was inactive while veteran big man Greg Monroe took advantage of some rare minutes to post season highs of 17 points and nine rebounds.
ABOUT THE CELTICS (8-6): Jaylen Brown had a team-high 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting against Chicago after scoring a combined 16 points on 6-of-24 from the field over the final two games of the road trip. “Just trying to be aggressive on both ends,” Brown told reporters. “Despite having a bad game, or despite being in a slump it’s coming out with the right mindset. It’s not my style to point fingers and things like that. I got to play better. I just got to come out and play with the right mindset and happily some of the shots fell.” Irving, who scored 21 points and had just one turnover in 36 minutes of a loss at Toronto last month, is averaging 26.4 points over his last seven games.
1. Celtics PF Marcus Morris (illness) missed Wednesday’s game and is day-to-day.
2. Leonard scored 31 points and grabbed 10 boards in the 113-101 win over the Celtics at home Oct. 19.
3. Toronto ranks second in the NBA in field-goal percentage (48.6) while Boston is 28th (42.9).
PREDICTION: Celtics 106, Raptors 104