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How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Raptors

Chuck - Red's Army April 17, 2013 Gametime, Previews Comments Off on How we see it goin’ down: Celtics vs Raptors

Tip: 8PM     Court: Air Canada Centre     Watch it: CSN    Hear it: WEEI

Referees: Ed Malloy, Tony Brown and Scott Twardoski

Spread: Even

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The Matchup

Record: 41-39 Record: 33-48
On road: 14-26 At home: 20-20
Streak: Won 1 Streak: Won 4
Leaders Leaders
Buckets: Pierce (18.7 ppg) Buckets: Rudy Gay (19.5 ppg)
Boards: Garnett (7.8 rpg) Boards: Amir Johnson (7.6 rpg)
Dimes: Pierce (4.8 apg) Dimes: Kyle Lowry (4.8 apg)
For the Stat Geeks: For the Stat Geeks:
Offensive Rating: 103.2 (24th NBA) Offensive Rating: 105.7 (16th NBA)
Defensive Rating: 103.1 (6th NBA) Defensive Rating: 107.7 (22nd NBA)
Pace: 91.7 (16th NBA) Pace: 90.4 (24th NBA)

Last time

The Celtics have won all three games vs Toronto this season. The latest coming March 13 where the Celtics cruised 112-88.

This time

Get it to:  Jason Terry

He’s shooting 63% vs Toronto this season. Maybe he likes the black and red uniforms. Or maybe it’s the Raptors weak perimeter defense.

Gotta stop:  DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan is averaging 23.9 ppg on 55% shooting over the past 7 games. He doesn’t fare so well vs Boston though ( 13.3 ppg on 38.5 percent shooting).

The Wild Card: Emotions

This is the Celtics 1st game since the Marathon bombings. Enough said.

How we see it goin’ down

Doc Rivers plan for resting his veterans hit a snag with the cancellation of Tuesday night’s game vs Indiana. With the playoffs set to start Saturday, I’m expecting everyone will get some run tonight.

The Raptors have won 6 0f 7, but Boston isn’t losing tonight.

The starters set the pace early, and the reserves carry the load the rest of the way.

Celtics 108

Raptors 94

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