Raptors vs. Celtics Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 21 (Boston Extends Winning Streak North of the Border)

Tyler Maher
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
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Raptors vs. Celtics Game Info

  • Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Scotiabank Arena -- Toronto, Ontario
  • Coverage: TSN and NBCS-BOS

The Boston Celtics hit the road after outlasting the Golden State Warriors in overtime on Thursday. They'll look to extend their eight-game winning streak and improve on their NBA-best 34-12 record when they take on the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Raptors return home after going 1-2 on their most recent road trip, falling six games below .500. They're now 11th in the Eastern Conference at 20-26 and need to start winning games consistently if they want to make a push for the playoffs.

Will Boston continue its winning ways on the road? Or will Toronto pull off the upset at home?

Raptors vs. Celtics Odds & Spread

All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.

Celtics vs Raptors Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Celtics -1.5 - - 228.5 -110 -110 -118 -100

The Celtics are listed as slight road favorites on the spread and moneyline for this game on FanDuel Sportsbook. This Eastern Conference clash also has a projected total of 225.5 points, which is the second-lowest total on Saturday's slate.

Raptors vs. Celtics Betting Trends

  • The Celtics won 43 games against the spread last season while failing to cover or pushing 39 times.
  • The Raptors went 19-15 as underdogs of 1.5 points or more last year.
  • The Celtics and their opponents combined to go over the point total 41 out of 82 times last season.
  • Out of 82 Raptors games last year, 41 hit the over.

Raptors vs. Celtics Prediction & Pick

Toronto caught a major break when it was revealed on Friday that Jayson Tatum will miss Saturday's game for Boston with a wrist injury. Tatum played a season-high 48 minutes on Thursday against Golden State, so head coach Joe Mazzulla is likely looking to get him a bit more rest.

Tatum's injury opens the door for a more competitive game and a potential Raptors upset. Even without their superstar, however, the Celtics are still a dangerous team. With Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Al Horford, Robert William and others, Boston has more than enough talent to win this game.

Toronto, on the other hand, ranks 22nd in scoring and does not have enough firepower to keep up. The Raptors will keep things close, but the Celtics are still the better team and will do just enough to win.

Final Score Prediction: Celtics: 109 | Raptors: 106

Raptors vs. Celtics Best Bet

With Tatum out, Brown will take over as Boston's leading scorer tonight. He's already averaging career-highs of 26.9 points and 20.4 field-goal attempts per game this year, both of which should receive a significant boost in Tatum's absence.

Brown's already had 14 games with at least 30 points this year, so look for him to do it again in Toronto tonight and hit the over on his points prop.

Bet: Jaylen Brown Over 28.5 Points (-113)

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