Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics November 5 Free Pick

AweekafterthrashingtheBrooklynNetsattheBostonGarden,theCelticsreturnfromaTexasroadtriptohopbackintoAtlanticDivisionplay。

Thistime,BostonhoststheTorontoRaptorslastyearsdivisionwinnerandthecurrentleaderat3-1。

TexaswasntkindtotheCs。

Bostonlostbydouble-digitstoHoustonandDallasjumpedouttoa31-pointfirsthalfleadbeforetheCelticscameallthewaybackonlytolosebyfive。

BothgamessawBostonfallwaybehindearlyinthegameandBradStevenswasnotpleasedwithhisteamsperformanceoutofthegateafterthelossinBigD。

ButtheCelticsshowedalotofdetermination(andeffectiveness)inMondaynightsgameagainsttheMavericksafterthefirsthalf。

AndBostonwent1-for-25fromthethree-pointarcina14-pointlosstoHouston,whichdoesntlooksobadwhenyouconsidertheabnormallyawfulshootingnighttheCelticshad。

ButanythingthathappeneddowninTexasgoesoutthewindowfortonight。

TheCelticsareone-pointhomedogsagainsttheirbiggestAtlanticDivisionchallenge。

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Fromascoringperspective,theRaptorsareawfullyperimeteroriented,whichdoesntleadmetobelievetheywillhavealotofsuccessscoringtheballonWednesdaynight。

DeMarDeRozanleadstheteaminscoringandKyleLowryissecond。

DeRozanwilllikelybehoundedbyAveryBradley,whohasestablishedhimselfasoneofthebestperimeterdefendersintheleague。

RajonRondowillmarkhim。

ButtheCelticsdontjuststoptherewithupper-echelonperimeterdefenders。

MarcusSmart?

hasblownawaythosearoundtheCelticswithhisdefensiveabilityasarookie。

WithSmartintherotation,alongwithBradleyandRondo,theCelticshaveatrioofterrificone-on-oneguarddefendersthatwillremainfairlyfreshfortheentiregame。

EvanTurnermayalsoseesometimeonDeRozan。

AslongastheTorontoguardsstayinefficient?

JonasValanciunas?

andAmirJohnson?

willstruggletocarrytheburdenonoffense,whichmeanstheguardswillhavetokeepshooting。

BothValanciunasandJohnsonaredecentcomplementaryplayers,butdonthaveanysortofplaymakingabilities。

Itsalsoimportantthatneitherareparticularlyimposinginthepaint,whichiswhatcanhurtBostonssmallerfrontline。

JaredSullinger?

shouldhavenoproblemwiththebigLithuanian。

Andhemightactuallygetthebetterofthematchupbetweentwoguyswithinside-outgames。

KellyOlynykshouldbeabletostickwithJohnson,whohasturnedintomuchmoreofaface-upforwardoverthelasttwoseasons。

Onethroughfive,theCelticsseemtohavetheRaptorscovered。

Betweentheirbetterbenchandthehomecourtadvantage,IlikeBostontowinthisgameoutright。

FreePick:Boston+1

2014/15NBA:1-0+1。

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