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NBA Betting – Raptors aim to get it together against Celtics

Paul PierceTiger Woods Masters odds may have distracted you from an exciting battle for the last playoff spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference as Toronto has been trying to hold off Chicago for the past couple of weeks. The Raptors had a one-game lead over the Bulls heading into Tuesday’s games, and they’ll take on Boston on Wednesday night.

Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors odds – Wednesday, April 7, 7:00 PM ET

The Celtics will play in New York on Tuesday night, and they’ll be coming off a 117-113 win at home over Cleveland on Tuesday that doesn’t look as good when you look at it closely. The Celtics nearly lost a 21-point lead in the third quarter, and they only won because LeBron James missed a couple of big free throws down the stretch. Ray Allen poured in 33 points to lead the way for the Celtics, who is one game behind Atlanta in the East standings, while Rajon Rondo added 16 points and 14 assists for Boston. Sports book players have been skeptical on the Celtics all season, and for good reason as age and internal problems have lurked all season.

If the Raptors want to make the playoffs, they have to go through a gauntlet. Tuesday night, they’ll be in Cleveland, then the game against Boston, followed by a trip to Atlanta on Friday before their Sunday showdown against Chicago. The Raptors lost a heartbreaking 113-112 game at home against Golden State on Sunday, and even though Chris Bosh had 42 points and 12 boards, all anyone will remember is his missed lay-up at the buzzer. Still the Raptors shot just 39.1% from the field, which wasted a 55-40 edge on the boards, as well as a sizable advantage at the foul line.

Basketball betting odds should favor the Celtics, who have had their way with the Raptors, winning nine of their last 10 meetings. The Celtics have also won five in a row in Toronto, and the Raptors have dropped four of their last five at home. Bosh has put up 25.3 points and 11.7 boards in three meetings with the Celtics this season, while Rasheed Wallace has countered with 20.0 points against the Raptors. Toronto’s season comes down to this week, and coming off a tough game in Cleveland, they simply have to win at home. The Celtics are vulnerable, and the Raptors may want to push the pace of the game, especially early, as the Celtics would have played a run-and-gun game in New York on Tuesday, and then had to travel. Fatigue will be a factor, but the crowd should give the Raptors an edge. Take Toronto’s NBA odds on Wednesday.

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