Celtics vs Raptors


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The Boston Celtics are taking on the Toronto Raptors in Tampa. Boston is sitting at 4-3 and is coming off of a shockingly close win against the Pistons. The Toronto Raptors are coming into this game with a 1-4 record and hope to do better against a Celtics team that isn't playing to their potential.

The Celtics have faced some tough competition to start the season having already faced the Nets and Bucks as well as the Pacers twice. The young duo of Jalen Brown and Jayson Tatum has been nothing short of amazing with the duo averaging 52.3 points per game. Behind them, Marcus Smart has also played well as the third leading scoring as well as bringing his exceptional defense.

Jeff Teague suffered an ankle injury leaving his status unclear, should he not play the Celtics will lack scoring ability from the bench leaving them thin at guard with the other injuries to the position (Kemba, Langford, Green)

The Raptors have struggled to lock up wins with their only one coming against the New York Knicks. The Raptors have the talent with Vanfleet, Siakam, and Lowery but they've just been in disarray up until this point. Their last 2 games were a win over New York and a 4 point loss to the Pelicans so while a loss, it is a good sign that there is still life in the team unlike when they were getting blown out their first couple games.

Sure Boston blew what should what should've been an easy win against the Pistons and then proceeded to give up 120 points to them in a shoot out but the Celtics are the more talented team and Toronto is in a slump of their own. With Both of these teams in a slump the +5 Celtics spread is a strange one, just like the Raptors, the Celtics are very good defensively and the last team they coughed up 120 too was the Brooklyn Nets in their 2nd game. Kemba doesn't make this team so his injury doesn't concern me, what does is the bench which the team would benefit greatly with added depth, but for now, they'll have to do with Teague and Edwards. The +5 is good enough to cover the bench concern for me to erase my concerns and love this as the Celtics have all the upside with the greatness of Tatum and Brown.





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