The Boston Celtics will host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night in a game that could have important implications for both teams’ playoff positioning. The Celtics are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, but a loss to the Raptors could drop them to third, while a win could potentially give them a chance to move up to first place depending on other results. The Raptors, on the other hand, are fighting to earn a spot in the playoffs, and a win against the Celtics could help boost their chances.
The Celtics are currently favored by 4 points in the game, and basketball fans can check out the latest NBA betting lines for the matchup. According to the model at SportsLine, which has returned over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks in the past four-plus seasons, the Celtics are favored to win and cover the spread. The model enters the final week of the NBA regular season with a 71-36 record on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $3,000.
Boston has already beaten Toronto twice this season, and the Celtics could have small forward Jaylen Brown back in the lineup after he missed Tuesday’s game with a back injury. Brown is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 26.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. The Celtics have covered the spread in five of their last seven games and are 9-2 in their last 11 home games. Meanwhile, Toronto is trying to jump into the top eight spots in the standings to avoid the play-in tournament, and they have covered the spread in four of their last six games at Boston.
Basketball fans looking to make picks in the game can check out the model’s full analysis and predictions on SportsLine. The model has simulated the game 10,000 times and is leaning towards the over, with a point spread pick that hits in almost 70% of the simulations. With both teams looking to improve their playoff chances, Wednesday night’s matchup promises to be an exciting and important game for NBA fans.