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Tips For Betting On Raptors Celtics – Celtics Look To Continue Climb With Raptors In Town Wednesday

Posted by Craig Parsons on 3/11/2013 7:23:26 PM

The Boston Celtics didn’t have a chance at the playoffs once they lost Rajon Rondo to a season-ending ACL tear. That is unless Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were to turn back the clock and play at an All-Star level in his absence, Avery Bradley were to be able to handle 38 minutes a night, and Jason Terry were to provide a spark off the bench the way he did while crafting a reputation as one of the best sixth men in the NBA over the years. All of that has happened as the Celtics have pulled together without their All-Star point guard over the past month, as this team has worked hard to prove they can get it done. Boston won’t take a sports betting win for granted as it gets set to host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, with the chance to move one step closer to the postseason.

Toronto Raptors @ Boston Celtics
Wednesday March 13, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Sportsbook Line: Boston – 4.5

In fact, the Celtics have been so good without Rondo that they are suddenly in the hunt for a home court advantage in the opening round, just 2.5 games back of the Brooklyn Nets for fourth in the Eastern Conference. There is still enough time for Boston to catch Brooklyn, but these are the type of game they have to win to have any shot.

NBA Betting Preview: Toronto Raptors

After coming on strong following the acquisition of Rudy Gay, not much has gone right for a Raptors’ team that had lost seven of 10 overall as of Sunday night. It will take much more than strong play from the wing with Gay if Toronto is going to become a playoff team, and improved play both at the point and in the paint will be two keys. Kyle Lowry has been far too inconsistent and Jose Calderon was moved in the deal for Gay, while Andrea Bargnani has never lived up to his status as a first-overall pick while rookie Jonas Valanciunas is good, but not great yet. The Raptors have been particularly awful on the road with nine wins in 32 games, and it could take at least another year to turn around.

NBA Betting Preview: Boston Celtics

The Celtics will look to take advantage of Toronto’s road woes, with Garnett in particular, having the chance to really make a soft Raptors’ frontcourt pay. Boston has the weapons to be a strong playoff team even without Rondo, it just took giving players like Bradley, Courtney Lee, and Jeff Green more time to prove what they can do. Pierce is averaging a team-high 18.6 points per game while Garnett has chipped in with 15.1, and as long as those two veterans are pacing the Celtics in terms of both point production and work ethic, they should have no problem on their own home court against online betting teams that are on the outside looking in.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

It’s amazing to think that a team that most fans wrote off following the Rondo injury is suddenly in the hunt for fourth in the conference, but that only underlines the resolve that the Celtics have shown, and the talent they have on their roster. The Raptors have some strong pieces and have the potential to become a playoff team with the addition of a couple more and the development of some of the ones they have, but they enter a tough environment against a hungry Boston team that has looked very good of late at home.

NBA Betting Pick: Boston Celtics


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