The Raptors have lost each of their last three visits to Boston by 20 points or more, but they might have a great chance to break that trend Saturday.
The Celtics could be without NBA assist leader Rajon Rondo when they host Toronto for a 12:30 p.m. eastern start.
Rondo missed his first game of the season Thursday because of a sprained right ankle, and the Celtics blew a fourth-quarter lead in a 102-97 loss at Brooklyn.
The uncertainty of Rondo’s injury is why most sportsbooks hadn’t posted a line on the game as of Friday night, although the Celtics were listed as 7-point favourites at one book.
Then again, Boston doesn’t necessarily need Rondo to beat the Raptors. The Celtics were without their point guard the last time Toronto visited Boston, and they pounded the Raptors 100-64.
Toronto enters the game with a 2-6 record, but the Raptors have looked better and better in recent action. A day after a heartbreaking triple-overtime home loss to the Jazz, Toronto went into Indiana Tuesday and dealt the Pacers a 74-72 defeat.
The Raptors scored only five points in the final quarter of that game, setting a franchise record, but held the Pacers to 32.0 per cent shooting from the field.
Linas Kleiza, Amir Johnson and Dominic McGuire are all listed as day to day, while Kyle Lowry and Landry Fields will be out of the lineup for Saturday’s contest.
Toronto is 3-8-1 against the spread in its last 12 meetings with the Celtics, and 0-5-1 ATS in its last six at Boston. The under has cashed in the last four meetings between the teams and in 15 of the Raptors’ last 22 games overall.