The Celtics are getting back in the swing of the in-season tournament on Friday when they travel to face Toronto for their second game of group play.
Boston (9-2) is 1-0 so far after last Friday’s win against the Brooklyn Nets at home. The victory helped spark a four-game winning streak — including last Saturday’s blowout win over the Raptors — that Boston punctuated with a primetime triumph against the 76ers.
The Raptors (5-6) have been up and down this season. Since the Celtics loss, they took down the bottom-feeding Washington Wizards and were trounced at home by the Milwaukee Bucks. Friday’s contest will take place on a charcoal-and-gray court specially designed for the Raptors’ in-season tournament games.
Here’s a preview of the matchup:
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
TV, radio: NBCSB, WBZ-FM 98.5
Season record: 9-2. vs. spread: 6-3, 2 pushes. Over/under: 6-5
Last 10 games: 8-2. vs. spread: 6-3, 1 push. Over/under: 6-4
Season record: 5-6. vs. spread: 5-6. Over/under: 5-6
Last 10 games: 4-6. vs. spread: 4-6. Over/under: 5-5
Points per game: Boston 119.4, Toronto 108.5
Points allowed per game: Boston 106.0, Toronto 110.9
Field goal percentage: Boston .477, Toronto .452
Opponent field goal percentage: Boston .436, Toronto .463
3-point percentage: Boston .368, Toronto .327
Opponent 3-point percentage: Boston .342, Toronto .356
Stat of the day: Al Horford swatted five shots on Wednesday, his highest block count since he recorded five against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 2, 2022.
Notes: Horford appeared on the injury report with a sprained big toe but is listed as probable entering Friday. Kristaps Porzingis (knee contusion) and Jaylen Brown (illness), who missed Wednesday’s contest, are questionable. For the Raptors, Gary Trent Jr. (foot) is probable, OG Anunoby (finger) is doubtful, and Christian Koloko (illness) is out. ... Third-year Raptors forward Scottie Barnes is averaging career-highs in points (20.9), rebounds (9.6), and assists per game (5.7), as well as 3-point percentage (37.5). ... As a team, Toronto has the third-worst 3-point clip (32.8 percent) in the NBA. ... Jrue Holiday, despite being a 6-foot-4-inch guard, has logged double-digit rebounds in four games this season and is second on the Celtics with 7.5 rebounds per game.
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