Celtics and Raptors Jockey for Playoff Position
The Boston Celtics and the Toronto Raptors are the No. and No. 3 seeds in the Eastern Conference, and are viewed as the teams most likely to challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers. The two will meet in Boston on Wednesday at 7:30 PM ET.
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The Raptors have struggled in the latter half of January, losing six of their last seven games entering Tuesday. While DeMar DeRozan’s recent injury was a factor, they’ve also had problems shooting the ball. Toronto is shooting 45.2% (down from 46.4% for the season) from the field and just 34.8% (down from 37.5%) from the three-point line.
A lot of the Celtics’ success comes from PG Isaiah Thomas, who’s joining DeRozan in the All-Star Game. Thomas is averaging a league-leading 10 points in the fourth quarter. He’s shooting 47.5% from the field in the final quarter, including 42.3% from downtown.
Toronto is 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five against the Celtics, winning and covering in both meetings so far this season. The Raptors won 101-94 in Boston on December 9, and then 114-106 in Toronto on January 10.
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