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Friday, 28 March 2014 15:06

Game Preview: Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors

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Toronto Raptors (40-31, 21-14 home) at Boston Celtics (23-48, 8-26 away)

TD Garden at 7:30 pm on CSNNE
Officials: Ken Mauer, Eric Lewis, Curtis Blair
Line: Toronto -10.5
Get tickets to tonight's game at Air Centre Arena 

The Raptors and Celtics will go head to head for the second time in three night’s on Friday in Toronto, but there’s more on the line than just any other regular season game. The Raptors can clinch a playoff birth with a win tonight, there first appearance in the postseason in six years. The Celtics, meanwhile, have lost seven of their last eight.

PROBABLE STARTERS

Boston Celtics:

PG – Rajon Rondo
SG – Avery Bradley
SF – Jeff Green
PF – Brandon Bass
C – Kris Humphries

Toronto Raptors:
PG – Kyle Lowry
SG – DeMar DeRozan
SF – Terrance Ross
PF – Amir Johnson
C – Jonas Valanciunas

INJURIES

Rajon Rondo - PROB (Knee)
Jeff Green - QUEST (Neck)
Gerald Wallace - OUT (Knee)
Vitor Faverani - OUT (Knee)

Patrick Patterson - OUT (Elbow)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Significane of Sullinger? - Rajon Rondo recently requested more floor time with Sully, who scored 26 points and grabbed eight boards off the bench on Wednesday. Sullinger has struggled in the second half of the season, but can he turn it around heading into the offseason?
  • Green or no Green? - Jeff Green only played 20 minutes on Wednesday due to a sore neck. The Celtics will need him to play tonight if they are going to stay in the game. Green will help keep DeRozan and Ross in check, as well as scoring on the other end.

NOTES

· Toronto beat Boston 99-90 at the TD Garden on Wednesday night, as the guard play from Terrance Ross (24 points) and Kyle Lowry (23 points) led the way.
· The Celtics are 1-2 against the Raptors this season, with their only win against the Atlantic Division’s leader coming on Jan. 15.
· The Raptors are currently the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, and the C’s are 12th of 15.
· Jeff Green only had six points in Wednesday’s loss.
· The Raptors rank sixth-best in the league in points allowed, while the C’s aren’t far behind at No. 10.

PREDICTION

I'll take the Raptors tonight, they have too much to play for.

Toronto Raptors 104, Boston Celtics 96.

 

Nick Solari

Nick is a Celtics Beat Writer for CLNS Radio. He is a sophomore print jourmalism major at Quinnipiac University, and was born and raised in Bennington, Vermont.

You can follow Nick on twitter @ns0lar1 ... Or reach him by email at nick.solari@gmail.com

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