The Toronto Raptors have begun the NBA 2019-20 season on a good note after registering a 130-122 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on October 22. The Boston Celtics, meanwhile, recorded a surprising loss to the Philadelphia 76ers by 93-107 in their season starter game.
Thus, when in the Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors match on October 25, the Raptors would be the more confident side. Historically, though, the Celtics have had an edge over the Raptors. The two teams have clashed 93 times in the regular season with the Celtics winning 54 games and the Raptors winning 39.
In the 2018-19 season, Boston and Celtics clashed 4 times with both the teams securing a victory each. It will hence be a clash of equals but Boston would certainly enjoy the home advantage.
While the Boston Celtics lost their first game to their long-time rivals Philadelphia 76ers, they would be happy that Gordon Hayward contributed 25 points for the team. Jayson Tatum too contributed with 21 points and 10 rebounds. This loss shouldn’t bother them much as the Philadelphia 76ers are now one of best teams of the NBA and are expected to go a long way this season. They also have some good form – they have won 4 out of their last 5 matches.
Along with Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics will also depend on Kemba Walker who is undoubtedly a star player. Enes Kanter and Jaylen Brown can also be the highlights of this match. One of the areas that the Boston Celtics will need to work on is their defense. With the departure of Al Horford, this will pinch them more.
Meanwhile, defending champions Toronto Raptors have earned themselves a hard-fought win in their first game of the season over the New Orleans Pelicans at the Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday evening. They will thus be riding high on confidence. Fred VanVleet’s career-high of 34 points and Pascal Siakam’s 34 points plus 18 rebounds were the high points for the Raptors in that game.
Kyle Lowry was also in good form with 22 points from the guard. If Marc Gasol and OG Anunoby can come good in this match, then the Raptors would be unbeatable.
Match Prediction – Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors:
In the match between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, the home-court advantage will certainly favor the Celtics. These two evenly matches sides are likely to produce a cracker of a contest. The last times the two teams met, the Raptors had secured a comfortable 118 to 95 victory.
Defending champions Toronto Raptors will again be a strong opposition. However, the loss of MVP Kawhi Leonard and guard Danny Green will dent them. Despite that, though, the Raptors will be highly competitive.
The Boston Celtics, meanwhile, will be determined to get their season back on track. Captain Kemba Walker will be keen to ensure his new-look team does well, especially on the offense front.
This is a hard to call game with both sides being evenly matched. However, the home advantage gives the Boston Celtics a slight edge. Therefore, they are predicted to win this high-octane clash.