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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 20:23

Game Preview: Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics

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Toronto Raptors (39-31, 18-17 road) at Boston Celtics (23-47, 15-21 home)

TD Garden at 7:30 pm on CSNNE

Officials: Joe Crawford, Dick Bavetta, Courtney Kirkland 

Line: Toronto -3 (195)

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The Celtics haven't played since a 114-98 loss in Brooklyn last Friday.  On the other hand, the Raptors are coming off a tough 102-100 defeat in Cleveland last night.  The teams have split a pair of meetings so far this season, with each club winning on its own home floor; 93-87 in the season opener in Toronto Oct. 30, and 88-83 in Boston on Jan. 15.

 

PROBABLE STARTERS 

Toronto Raptors:

PG: Kyle Lowry

SG: DeMar DeRozan

SF: Terrence Ross

PF: Amir Johnson

C: Jonas Valanciunas

 

Boston Celtics:

PG: Rajon Rondo

SG: Avery Bradley

SF: Jeff Green

PF: Brandon Bass

C: Kris Humphries

INJURIES

 

Patrick Patterson, OUT (Elbow)

 

Vitor Faverani, QUES (Knee)

Gerald Wallace, OUT (Knee)

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

The Atlantic Division race: Toronto has led the division handily since taking over first place from the Celtics in late December.  At 37-32 the Nets are now just 1.5 games back, and closing in fast. Rondo/Bradley backcourt: After missing significant time with injuries, both Celtic guards are finally healthy.  In their last two games together Rajon Rondo has dished out a combined 27 assists, while Avery Bradley has scored a total of 51 points.

NOTES

The Raptors have lost 11 straight games in Boston, and 20 of their last 22 at the TD Garden. Despite 72 assists and only 10 turnovers in his last six outings, Rondo is also averaging just nine points per game on 29.9% shooting during that span. 

PREDICTION

The Celtics are playing at home with four days rest, while the Raptors are on the second night of road back-to-backs.  Even though just about all C's fans are hoping for losses at this point, I don't see Boston letting Toronto have this one.

Boston Celtics 104, Toronto Raptors 94

 

Follow Mark Vandeusen on twitter @LucidSportsFan

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