Celtics (23-8) vs Raptors (16-17)
Game time: 7:30pm, TD Garden. TV – CSN. Radio – WEEI-AM (850).
Bos: Pierce – 18.2 Raptors: Chris Bosh – 23.8
Bos: Perkins – 7.9 Raptors: Bosh – 11.3
Bos: Rondo – 9.6 Raptors: Jarrett Jack – 4.6
Who'll go off: Kendrick Perkins. I'm expecting the game plan to include a healthy dose of the Beast who is matched up with the uber-soft Andrea Bargnani.
Who needs to be stopped: Chris Bosh. The big man must be thrilled he won't have KG barking in his ear all night.
The C's will lose if… their established players don't have big games. With the bench stretched super thin, Ray Allen, Rasheed Wallace, Perk and Eddie House all need to exceed their season averages in every statistical category for the Celtics to win.
Miscellaneous: The Raptors have won 5 straight. The Toronto Star reports that Hedu Turkoglu (knee) and Jose Calderon (hip) will not play. Reggie Evans (foot) has been out all season. The Celtics beat Toronto 116-103 at the Garden on Nov. 27.
Prediction: Celtics 104 – Raptors 97