NBA 2018-19: Predicted Starting Lineups and Match Prediction - Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors
- Kyrie Irving and the Celtics face Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors tonight.
Boston Celtics (37-23) vs Toronto Raptors (44-17), Scotiabank Arena
The Raptors are coming off a disappointing defeat against the Orlando Magic, whereas the Celtics lost to the Bulls on Saturday.
Let us talk about how the things stand for both the teams coming into the game.
The Boston Celtics' perspective
The Celtics have entered a slump lately as they have won just two out of their last six games.
The defeat on Saturday was against the Chicago Bulls which was disappointing to watch for the Celtics' fans. They will be willing to bounce back tonight.
As a team, they are shooting 46.4% from the field and 37.1% from beyond the three-point line. Kyrie Irving has led them from the front, averaging 23.8 points and 6.9 assists. Jason Taytum has well assisted him and contributed 16.4 points per game.
The Celtics are inconsistent on the road and will be looking to improve their record with a win against the Raptors tonight.
Predicted starting lineup: Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris Sr., Al Horford, Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart.
The Toronto Raptors' perspective
Although the Raptors lost to the Magic in their last game, they have been in great form recently with just two losses in their previous ten games.
As a team, they are shooting 46.8% from the field and 34.9% from beyond the three-point line. They have been equally good on the defensive end.
The Raptors have a good home record and will be willing to maintain it by beating the Celtics tonight.
Predicted starting lineup: Pascal Siakam, Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol, Kyle Lowry and Danny Green.
How things might unfold
Both the teams are full of game-winners and high-quality players. It will be quite a contest to watch out for tonight. However, I believe Celtics have been cold lately, and it is high time they make a point in the NBA by beating a higher ranked side.
I am giving it to the Celtics tonight.