The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors kick off the NBA Christmas Day festivities. The battle takes place at Scotiabank Arena. Both teams are at the top of the Atlantic Division standings. Will The Raptors protect their home court against their chief rivals? Or, will Boston beat the Raptors as a slight road favorite? Check out the NBA odds, analysis and a free pick for Raptors vs Celtics!
Celtics vs Raptors 2019 NBA Christmas Day Odds, Preview & Pick
- When: Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 12:00 pm ET
- Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, CA
- TV: ESPN
- ATS Odds: Celtics -1 ½
Why the Boston Celtics are a good bet -1 1/2?
Boston leads the division with a 20-7 record. The Celtics have gone 8-6 SU on the road. They’re 3-0 ATS in their last 3. If the betting stats weren’t enough of a reason to back them against Toronto, the Celtics beat the Raptors 112-106 in the last head-to-head matchup. Boston’s Big 3 of Kemba Walker, Jayston Tatum, and Jaylen Brown can stand-up to any 3 groups of players in the NBA. Celtics have a big shot to beat Toronto and cover.
- Points/G: 110.8
- Field Goal %: 45.1
- 3-Point %: 35.6
- Free Throw %: 80.4
- Rebounds/G: 45.5
- Points/G: 104
- Field Goal %: 43.4
- 3-Point %: 33.9
- Free Throw %: 74.2
- Rebounds/G: 45.9
Why the Toronto Raptors are a good bet +1 1/2?
Even without Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors remain one of the top teams in the NBA. Toronto has a great 21-8 record. They are 13-3 SU at home. They’ve got a decent 17-12 ATS record overall. In recent games, they’ve won against the spread, going 4-1 ATS in their last 5. It starts with Pascal Siakam. Pascal is Giannis-lite. He averages 25.1 points and 8 boards per game. Nobody can guard Siakam. He can lead the Raptors to a win and cover against the Boston Celtics.
- Points/G: 111.7
- Field Goal %: 45
- 3-Point %: 37.8
- Free Throw %: 80.7
- Rebounds/G: 46.3
- Points/G: 105.4
- Field Goal %: 41.7
- 3-Point %: 32.9
- Free Throw %: 75.5
- Rebounds/G: 48.6
NBA Betting Trends for Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors
- Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games
- Boston is 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 on the road versus a team with a winning home percentage greater than .600
- Celtics are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games versus a team with a winning home record
- Under is 8-3 in Boston’s last 11 games on a Wednesday
- Raptors are 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 home games
- Toronto is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600
- Raptors are 28-8 ATS in their last 36 games playing on 1-day rest
- Under is 6-2-1 in Toronto’s last 9 games
Celtics vs Raptors Final NBA Betting Analysis
Few teams match up well with Boston. The reason? Boston has defensive strength at every position. The Celtics also spread around the scoring. Walker leads the team with 22.6. Tatum punches 21.6 every night. Brown tosses in 19.8 per.
Those 3 should have success against the Raptors on Dec. 25. But those 3 alone aren’t the reason the Celtics win and cover. Boston wins and covers because they have excellent depth at every position. Enes Kanter plays off the bench. He leads the Celtics with 7.3 rebounds per.
Expect a similar game to what we saw in the first matchup. Boston won’t win by a lot. They will win and cover against the Raptors, though.
NBA Free Pick: Celtics -1 ½