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HomeCanadaCeltics take on the Raptors, look for 9th straight victory

Celtics take on the Raptors, look for 9th straight victory

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Boston Celtics (34-12, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (20-26, 11th in the Eastern Conference) BOTTOM LINE: Boston is looking to continue its eight-game win streak with a victory over Toronto. Toronto is second in the Eastern Conference with 17.8 fast break points per game led by OG Anunoby averaging 4.3.

Boston Celtics (34-12, first in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (20-26, 11th in the Eastern Conference)

Toronto; Saturday, 5 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Boston is looking to continue its eight-game win streak with a victory over Toronto.

The Raptors are 3-8 against division opponents. Toronto is second in the Eastern Conference with 17.8 fast break points per game led by OG Anunoby averaging 4.3.

The Celtics are 19-8 in Eastern Conference play. Boston is fourth in the Eastern Conference with 44.7 rebounds per game led by Jayson Tatum averaging 8.5.

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The teams square off for the second time this season. The Celtics won the last meeting 116-110 on Dec. 6, with Tatum scoring 31 points in the win.

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TOP PERFORMERS: Fred VanVleet averages 2.9 made 3-pointers per game for the Raptors, scoring 18.9 points while shooting 34.0% from beyond the arc. Pascal Siakam is averaging 25.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists over the past 10 games for Toronto.

Tatum is shooting 46.8% and averaging 31.2 points for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is averaging 23.1 points over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 4-6, averaging 117.0 points, 42.4 rebounds, 25.0 assists, 8.5 steals and 6.0 blocks per game while shooting 44.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.0 points per game.

Celtics: 8-2, averaging 118.7 points, 47.8 rebounds, 28.0 assists, 5.6 steals and 5.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 113.7 points.

INJURIES: Raptors: Otto Porter Jr.: out for season (foot), Dalano Banton: day to day (hip).

Celtics: Danilo

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