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Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction: Injury Report, Starting 5s, Betting Odds & Spreads - December 5 | 2022-23 NBA Season

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Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction

The Scotiabank Arena plays host to the clash between the Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors on Monday (December 5).

The 19-5 Celtics have been sublime this campaign, winning the most games of any team in the NBA at the time of writing. They currently sit at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. The 12-11 Raptors, on the other hand, are seventh in the East with a mediocre run of results leading up to this game.

This game has the prospect of being a nail-biter. The strengths of both teams are set to go head-to-head. The Raptors have been a very strong defense. They are allowing only 109.5 points per game, which ranks them in the top ten. They have an overall defensive rating of 111.6 which is the eighth-best in the entire NBA.

They go up against one of the greatest offensive setups of all time. The Celtics are currently the best offense in basketball, with a whopping 120.7 offensive rating. They have scored nearly 121 points per game this campaign, thanks to an MVP-caliber season by Jayson Tatum.

Tatum is having a blinder of a season. He is averaging 31-8-4 on 63% true shooting. He hasn't had a particularly good start to December, averaging only 21.5 points per game.


Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Match Details

Fixture: Boston Celtics @ Toronto Raptors

Date & Time: Monday, December 5, 7:30 pm EST

Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada


Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Injury Report

TEAM

PLAYER

INJURY

STATUS

Boston Celtics

Robert Williams

Knee

Out

The only notable absentee for this game is Robert Williams of the Celtics, who is out with a knee injury until late December.


Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Odds & Spreads

TEAMS

SPREAD

TOTAL

MONEYLINE

Boston Celtics

+1 (-109)

Over 228 (-108)

-105

Toronto Raptors

-1 (-108)

Under 228 (-108)

-115


Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors Starting 5s

Celtics : PG Marcus Smart SG Derrick White SF Jaylen Brown PF Jayson Tatum C Blake Griffin

Raptors : PG Fred VanVleet SG OG Anunoby SF S. Barnes PF Pascal Siakam C C. Koloko


Celtics vs. Raptors Betting Prediction

The Raptors have a very strong home record. The Celtics have a very strong away record. It is a matchup for the ages. The Celtics have been way too strong this season and have the ability to beat their opponents even when they don't play particularly well. Case in point, their last game against the Nets where they were second-best for most of the game and still came out with a win. The Celtics should win this one too.

Celtics: -9.5 (-109)

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Edited by Puranjay