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NBA : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 10/30/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




BOSTON (43 - 44) at TORONTO (34 - 48)
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Wednesday, 10/30/2013 7:05 PM
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BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games43-44-11.940-4443-4395.548.546.2%
Road Games15-29-13.717-2521-2393.649.145.0%46.498.550.145.1%51.0
Last 5 Games2-3+1.12-31-483.241.041.3%46.488.240.441.3%50.2
Division Games9-13-2.810-1111-1192.046.846.0%47.293.647.642.2%49.4
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)95.548.536-7946.2%6-1735.6%16-2178.2%47822218144
vs opponents surrendering97.849.337-8145.4%7-2035.9%17-2275.3%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)93.649.136-7945.0%6-1835.8%16-2080.3%46921217144
Stats Against (All Games)96.147.636-8243.9%7-2034.1%17-2474.1%521121208145
vs opponents averaging97.549.137-8244.9%7-2135.9%16-2275.1%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)98.550.136-8045.1%7-2036.8%19-2576.4%511122198135

TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games34-48-1241-4042-4097.248.544.6%48.498.748.745.8%51.2
Home Games21-20-5.121-2017-2496.847.644.4%49.595.046.245.4%49.5
Last 5 Games5-0+6.85-03-2103.655.848.7%51.691.845.042.2%46.8
Division Games5-11-5.16-911-594.746.244.9%47.098.947.947.0%48.9
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)97.248.536-8244.6%7-2034.3%18-2278.8%481122227135
vs opponents surrendering97.849.337-8245.3%7-2035.8%17-2275.2%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)96.847.636-8244.4%7-2034.6%17-2377.2%491122228135
Stats Against (All Games)98.748.736-7945.8%7-1836.1%20-2674.7%511122207145
vs opponents averaging97.248.937-8245.0%7-2035.7%17-2274.9%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)95.046.235-7845.4%6-1835.1%18-2475.0%501020207144
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 95.1,  TORONTO 95.1
BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/30/2013@ TORONTO              
11/3/2013@ DETROIT              
11/4/2013@ MEMPHIS              
11/8/2013@ ORLANDO              
11/9/2013@ MIAMI              

TORONTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/1/2013@ ATLANTA              
11/2/2013@ MILWAUKEE              
11/6/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
11/8/2013@ INDIANA              
11/11/2013@ HOUSTON              
11/13/2013@ MEMPHIS              
BOSTON: GUARDS: RAJON RONDO is the last man standing in Boston. Coming off a torn ACL and with a weakened supporting cast, it's going to be a long year . . . AVERY BRADLEY is the favorite to start alongside Rondo. He's still lost on offense, but his defense will be much needed . . . COURTNEY LEE continues to tease with flashes of talent, but hasn't shown consistency and is no longer 'young' . . . JORDAN CRAWFORD will hoist a lot of shots . . . MARSHON BROOKS fell out of favor in Brooklyn and is just hanging on to an NBA roster spot . . . KEITH BOGANS is in Boston because a new deal made the numbers work on the Nets trade . . . Local product PHIL PRESSEY, an undersized point guard, will try to stick as a back-up. FORWARDS: Suddenly, JEFF GREEN is Boston's first option on offense. He showed an ability to score with 20.1 PPG over 17 starts last season, but he'll be in for a whole new world of attention as the only legitimate scorer on this team . . . BRANDON BASS should continue to hold down the power forward spot, and he'll get to take more shots with the team rebuilding . . . Durability is a major issue for JARED SULLINGER, but he has a chance to play big minutes for a team in need of his offensive skill set . . . A washed-up vet with arguably the worst contract in the NBA, GERALD WALLACE is of little use to the Celtics (or any other team) . . . KRIS HUMPHRIES is also dead weight, but is a more enticing trade chip due to an expiring contract. CENTERS: Rookie KELLY OLYNYK is going to get pushed around, but he has some rare shooting and ball-handling skills for a 7-footer. Boston has little to lose by letting him learn on the job . . . VITOR FAVERANI is a tough-nosed Euro import who gives them insurance behind Olynyk.
TORONTO: GUARDS: KYLE LOWRY was banged up last season, but he enters this year healthy and has the potential to be one of the league's best two-way point guards . . . DEMAR DEROZAN does a nice job attacking, but he's a flawed player unless he develops a jump shot . . . The Raptors want TERRENCE ROSS to attack the basket more often. But whether he develops a three-point shot could determine where he fits into this rotation . . . After a disastrous season in Indiana, D.J. AUGUSTIN will have to earn his rotation spot. Toronto could use his shooting, though . . . DWIGHT BUYCKS comes back from Europe to back up Lowry . . . Versatile JULYAN STONE is an interesting bit piece, as he reunites with GM Masai Ujiri, who brought him to Denver. FORWARDS: Despite all that talent, RUDY GAY's poor shot selection and disinterested defense will have him on the trading block . . . AMIR JOHNSON will get another chance at full-time minutes. Despite some inconsistency, he still has the upside to be a good rebounder and shot-blocker . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH brings toughness and a decent mid-range jumper. He's a second-unit talent, but could challenge Johnson for minutes . . . LANDRY FIELDS is a well-compensated reserve . . . STEVE NOVAK gives them a legitimate shooter among the second unit . . . Toronto will try to shake some of that upside out of AUSTIN DAYE . . . QUINCY ACY will move to the three, likely making this a redshirt year. CENTERS: JONAS VALANCIUNAS is set to become Toronto's new centerpiece. Talented enough for them to run the offense through him, he's rapidly improving on both ends of the court . . . AARON GRAY will stick around as a decent back-up, a 7-footer who can get in the way defensively.
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*Celtics-Raptors Preview* =========================


Boston (0-0) at Toronto (0-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT

When the Boston Celtics parted ways with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in the offseason's biggest trade, it marked the end of an era and the beginning of a massive rebuilding job.

In the midst of a franchise-worst playoff drought, the Toronto Raptors have been trying to rebuild for some time.

With Doc Rivers now in the Western Conference and Rajon Rondo recovering from knee surgery, rookie coach Brad Stevens leads his new-look Celtics into their season debut Wednesday night in Toronto.

Following its 4-2 series loss to New York in the first round of the playoffs, Boston (41-40) said goodbye to Rivers on June 25 when it sent him to the Los Angeles Clippers for an unprotected 2015 first-round draft pick.

Three days later, the last of the 'Big Three' were gone, too. The Celtics traded Pierce and Garnett - along with Jason Terry - to the Brooklyn Nets for three future first-round picks along with Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans.

After Pierce, Garnett and Ray Allen joined forces in Boston for the 2007-08 season, the Celtics went an East-best 314-161 with five division titles, two finals appearances and an NBA title in that first year together.

Now the 17-time champions are preaching patience after signing the 37-year-old Stevens away from Butler in July to begin a new era. While it remains to be seen whether they build around Rondo or move him as well, the Celtics appear to be well-armed for a long-term fix with nine first-round draft picks in the next five years.

"I think people outside of our circle need to have patience - fans, media," said forward Jeff Green, one of seven holdovers from last season. "I mean, you can't get perfection overnight."

There certainly could be some growing pains offensively with Rondo's return date uncertain after having surgery on a torn ACL that ended his season after 38 games.

With no experienced point guard, the Celtics are expected to go with defensive whiz Avery Bradley to fill in for the four-time All-Star, who led the league with 11.1 assists per game last season.

Green hopes to continue his growth offensively after averaging 20.1 points in 17 regular-season starts, including the final 13 games, while going 27 of 52 from 3-point range.

"With what I've done throughout this league, I'm going to have to be a leader on this team," said Green, who averaged a team-high 20.3 points in the playoffs.

Green will try to help the Celtics get off to a positive start against a Toronto team that finished in 10th place in the East last season.

The Raptors (34-48) are 152-242 since last making the playoffs in 2007-08, and their perpetual project took another turn in the offseason. They hired Masai Ujiri, the NBA's reigning executive of the year, away from Denver to take over as president and general manager.

Ujiri dealt former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani to New York in exchange for sharpshooter Steve Novak, a first-round pick and two second-rounders. He also signed forward Tyler Hansbrough and backup point guard D.J. Augustin, both part of Indiana's playoff team last season.

"We've added Tyler but we're basically the same team," coach Dwane Casey told the team's official website. "We just have to get better knowing our system."

Casey enters his third year at the helm hoping to avoid another dismal start after opening 4-19 last season, and it should help having Rudy Gay from the outset.

In his 33 games after coming over from Memphis via trade Jan. 31, Gay averaged a team-best 19.5 points while leading the Raptors to a 17-16 record. He averaged 21.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in three meetings with the Celtics after joining Toronto despite shooting 36.8 percent.

Teammate Jonas Valanciunas could be headed toward a breakout year after averaging 15.5 points in the last 10 games of his rookie season, while DeMar DeRozan looks to build on his career-best 18.1 points per game.

The Raptors have lost 20 of 25 to the Celtics but won 114-90 in the most recent meeting April 17 in Toronto to avoid a season sweep. Gay, Valanciunas and DeRozan combined for 61 points.

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