7:30 PM ET, January 15, 2014
TD Garden, Boston, MA
The last time the Toronto Raptors won in Boston was a different decade. Tongiht, YouWager experts believe things could be different.
This evening Toronto is looking to increase their Atlantic Division lead and will try to beat the Celtics and hand them their 10th consecutive loss.
The Raptors (19-17) have dropped 19 of 21 road matchups versus Boston (13-26), including 10 straight by an average of 16.3 points since pulling out a 114-112 win Jan. 23, 2008. However, this season’s team hasn’t looked much like the Toronto team we once knew.
The Raptors have won three in a row after easily getting by Milwaukee Bucks 116-94 on Monday. Kyle Lowry scored 23 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 17 with 10 rebounds for Toronto, who has outscored rivals by 19.7 per game during their winning streak.
The team is 12-4 since newcomers John Salmons, Patrick Patterson, Greivis Vasquez and Chuck Hayes debuted after being acquired from the Sacramento Kings in the Rudy Gay trade. Toronto has held opponents to an average of 88.5 points during an 8-2 stretch.
While the Raptors have moved atop the Atlantic, Boston has relinquished that spot in the past month and now could fall into last place if they lose Wednesday while the Philadelphia 76ers come out victorious.
The Celtics have surrendered an average of 106.1 points during a nine-game losing streak, their longest since dropping a franchise-record 18 straight in 2007.
The Celts suffered a season-opening 93-87 defeat at Toronto on Oct. 30 despite 25 points from Green.
Toronto forward Tyler Hansbrough is uncertain to be available after missing six straight with an ankle injury.
Boston point guard Rajon Rondo is nearing a return from a torn ACL, but online sports betting experts believe he won’t be facing the Raptors.