The Boston Celtics (9-2) and Toronto Raptors (5-6) square off Friday in the in-season tournament with tip-off from Scotiabank Arena set for 7:30 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze BetMGM Sportsbook’s lines around the Celtics vs. Raptors odds and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
Season series: Celtics lead 1-0
The Celtics took down the Philadelphia 76ers 117-107 Wednesday without F Jaylen Brown and C Kristaps Porzingis. Both are questionable for Friday. F Jayson Tatum looks like the best player on the planet right now. He’s averaging 28.5 points, 8.8 boards, 4.1 assists and is shooting 51.6% from the floor and 39.8% from distance.
The Raptors were ripped apart by the Milwaukee Bucks 128-112 Wednesday. The Bucks were without F Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Raptors still had no answer. F Pascal Siakam is averaging just 18.7 points this season, which is down from 24.2 last year.