Basketball betting handicappers consider Boston to be the top threat to challenge the Miami Heat for basketball gambling supremacy in the East if they can remain healthy.
The Toronto Raptors will host the Boston Celtics on Sunday with a starting time of 6 PM ET. Be sure and open your account at Sports-Gambling for the side and total odds on this Eastern Conference matchup.
Boston had a record of 23-5 straight up and 15-12-1 with the NBA betting odds. The Celtics went over the total in 15 of 28 games. Boston was 9-5 against the spread on the road showing good value as they were an even split on totals with a mark of 7-7 on the road. Boston did suffer a high profile 86-78 loss at Orlando on Christmas Day.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 18.2 points per game while assist machine Rajon Rondo, who was averaging 13.8 helpers per game, is out with a leg injury until next month. Veteran Kevin Garnett was the leading rebounder with 9.7 per game.
The Celtics still had the best record in the Eastern Conference and if they can keep everyone in the lineup they could prove to be a dangerous opponent in the playoffs as defending Eastern Conference champions.
Toronto had a record of 10-19 straight up and 14-14-1 with the NBA sports betting line. The Raptors were 7-9 against the spread at home and were an even 8-8 split on totals as a host. Toronto was a terrible board value in December with just 2 payouts in 10 games from December 5-22.
Toronto was a respectable offensive team that ranked 9th in the NBA for scoring but their defense ranked 26th for points allowed. Andrea Bargnani had 21.1 points per game to lead Toronto while Jose Calderon was the top assist man with 7.2 per game.
The Celtics have paid out in 7 of their last 8 basketball betting matchups at Toronto with the series going over the total in 4 of the last 5 meetings at the Air Canada Centre. Boston won the last meeting between the teams 110-101 on November 26 as 9 point home favorites for a push while the game went over the total of 198.