Celtics (48-29) at Raptors (38-39)
Game time: 7pm, Air Canada Centre. TV – CSN. Radio –
Bos: Pierce – 18.1 Raptors: Chris Bosh –
Bos: Perkins – 7.6
Raptors: Bosh – 10.8
Bos: Rondo – 9.8 Raptors: Jose Calderon – 5.1
Who'll go off: Rajon Rondo. He should thrive against a defensively challenged team like Toronto.
Who needs to be stopped: Andrea Bargnani. With Chris Bosh out (facial fractures), Bargnani becomes the most potent offensive player for the Raptors. While he's potent from 3, Bargnani is shooting 4-14 3FG over his last 3 games.
The C's will lose if… they put forth the same defensive effort we saw last night in NY. Even without Bosh, the Raptors can score points and shoot 3s.
Miscellany: The Raptors have lost 15 of 23 and hold a one game lead over the Bulls for the 8th playoff spot in the East. The Celtics have won 7 straight vs Toronto.
Prediction: Celtics 109 – Raptors 93