Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 2/11/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+4.5)
The Toronto Raptors (11-13) go to TD Garden on Thursday where they'll meet the Boston Celtics (12-11). The spread on this contest has Boston as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 222.5.
The Toronto Raptors stepped onto the hardwood against the Memphis Grizzlies and took home the win by a score of 128-113 in their last contest. Toronto wrapped up the contest with a 54.5% field goal percentage (42 of 77) and made 20 out of their 37 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Raptors converted 24 of their 26 tries for a rate of 92.3%. In relation to hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 37 with 7 of them being offensive. They also distributed 28 assists for this game while having 11 steals and 2 rejections. When talking about defending, Toronto allowed the other team to go 42.5% from the field on 37 of 87 shooting. Memphis dished out 27 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. Furthurmore, the Grizzlies had 42 boards (19 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Memphis ended up shooting 89.7% from the charity stripe by converting 26 of their 29 attempts. They also made 13 out of their 39 attempts from distance.
Pascal Siakam is one player who was a factor for the matchup. He left the arena with 32 points on 11 out of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39:02 mins played and pulled down 5 rebounds. Siakam finished the contest at 61.1% from the field and also earned 6 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Raptors was Fred VanVleet. He totaled 3 boards and also accounted for 9 assists. He ended up going 57.1% from the field in this contest by going 8-of-14 (32 points). At the conclusion of this game, VanVleet was on the hardwood for 38:38 min.
Toronto will play this contest with a mark of 11-13 so far this season. The Raptors are shooting 38.4% on shots from downtown (384 of 1,000) and 82.2% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 113.3 points per outing (12th in the league) while hitting 44.7% from the field. They are turning it over 14.0 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 22.4 fouls every game. As a unit, Toronto is grabbing 42.5 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 596 assists this year, which is 14th in the league in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Raptors are forcing 16.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.4 personal fouls. They are giving up 37.5% on 3-point attempts and they rank 16th in basketball in opponents points per game (111.5). The Raptors defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 45.7% (405 of 466) and they relinquish 44.8 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 28th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 637 surrendered for the campaign.
For their last game, the Boston Celtics took a loss by a score of 122-108 against the Utah Jazz. The Celtics were able to collect 24 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 in this game. They rejected 2 tries while earning 2 steals in this contest. The Jazz earned 22 personal fouls for the game which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for 23 attempts. They were able to knock down 19 of those for a percentage of 82.6%. In the matter of shots from beyond the perimeter, Boston converted 13 out of their 29 attempts (44.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Celtics shot 38 out of 86 from the floor which had them sitting at 44.2%. The Celtics allowed the Jazz to convert 40 of their 84 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 47.6% for the matchup. They shot 37.5% from distance by shooting 18 of 48 and ended up going 24 out of 27 from the charity stripe (88.9%). Concerning rebounds, Boston allowed Utah to snag 41 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Jaylen Brown pitched in for the Celtics for the contest. He converted 12 of 20 for the game giving him a rate of 60.0%, which had him finishing with 33 points. Brown had 8 boards in his 37:24 minutes of playing time and had 2 dimes for this game. Someone else that was pivotal for Boston was Jayson Tatum. He totaled 23 points in 37:54 mins on the court by way of 7 out of 20 from the floor for this contest. Tatum walked away from this one going 35.0% from the field as well as earning 4 assists and 4 rebounds.
Boston has a win-loss record of 12-11 this season. The Celtics are committing 20.3 fouls per game while shooting 75.8% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 22.3 times per contest (28th in the league) and they turn it over 14.0 times per game. Boston has accounted for 2,549 pts on the campaign (110.8 per game) and they collect 43.6 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Celtics are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which ranks them 11th in basketball. The Celtics on the defensive end are ranked 6th in the league in points given up per game with 109.8. They are forcing their opponents into 14.7 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.0% from the floor (20th in basketball). The Boston defense concedes 36.1% on 3-point attempts (273 of 756) and opponents are converting on 77.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 23.3 dimes and 42.7 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 7th and 7th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston (-4.5)
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