The Boston Celtics start the New Year north of the border as they take on the Toronto Raptors on New Year’s Day. Diamond Sportsbook International (DSI) has the NBA covered with the latest odds and wagering opportunities on every game.
This is a rough time of the year for the Boston Celtics and is often known as the “dog days” of the NBA basketball season. It’s the time of year when NBA players start to suffer from injuries and the toll of a long season sneaking up on them. It is also the time of year when players start looking past games that may not matter in the standings. When the Celtics take on the Raptors on New Year’s Day this game will fit into that category.
Last year to end the season the season the Celtics limped to a .500 record as they were more concerned with resting their veteran players for the Championship run. Since the methodology worked so well last year, expect more of the same for the Celtics this year. The Celtics will be playing the Raptors twice in a five day span and could easily look past one of the meetings as they have a huge game against the Spurs sandwiched in between.
The Raptors have a team full of sharp shooters and have now made a three-pointer in NBA-record 973 straight games. They have the ability to play with any team in the league if those threes are falling as evident by the win against the Dallas Mavericks who have established themselves as one of the best teams in the league.
The Celtics are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 and 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game. The Raptors are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven against the NBA Atlantic and could easily get the win.
If the Celtics do not focus on the New Year’s Day game against the Raptors they could easily get upset by the sharp-shooting Raptors. This is exactly the type of game the Boston Celtics are susceptible to lose.
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