NBA Games of the Week Feature Raptors vs Celtics and Rockets vs Spurs

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

By Kyle Markus
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The Cleveland Cavaliers may be the most famous team in the Eastern Conference, but they are going to enter the postseason no better than the No. 3 seed. The two teams ahead of them -- the Raptors and the Celtics -- will face off this week in a big-time conference showdown on national television, making it a must-watch game of the week.

They face off on Saturday and will be followed by a high-powered Western Conference showdown between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. Houston is zeroing in on the No. 1 seed and home court throughout the playoffs and will cruise to that perch. This game is much more important to San Antonio as it jockeys for position in the lower rung of the playoff standings.

Check out both of these games this weekend in NBA basketball odds.

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Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics

Date and Time: Saturday, March 31, 2018, 4:30 p.m. ET

Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

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Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics TV Coverage: NBATV

The Raptors are 55-20 straight up and 40-35 against the spread. Toronto has only been the underdog 12 times this season but has covered in nine of them. It will be interesting to see where the oddsmakers place this spread, as the Raptors have the superior record but the Celtics boast the home court advantage.

The Celtics are 51-23 straight up and an impressive 45-27-2 against the spread. Boston has gone 19-16-2 against the spread at home this season. The Celtics are 29-24-2 against the spread on the year.

Injury Report

The Celtics will be without star point guard Kyrie Irving, who recently had arthroscopic knee surgery. He is expected to miss the regular season and return sometime in the playoffs. It is a big deal as Irving is the best player on the Celtics. His absence certainly shifts the spread and will give the Raptors a better chance at picking up the victory.

Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics Free Picks

Take the Raptors to win this game on the road behind the strong duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Toronto doesn’t get the same respect as other top teams but make no mistake, this is a great squad.

Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics ATS Pick: Raptors on the moneyline

Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics Score Prediction: Raptors 104, Celtics 100

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs

Date and Time: Sunday, April 1, 2018, 12:30 p.m. ET

Location: AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

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Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs TV Coverage: ABC

The Rockets are 61-14 straight up and 40-33-2 against the spread. They have been impressive on the road this season with a record of 24-13-1. Houston is 38-30-2 against the spread as the favorite and should be giving points again in this one.

The Spurs are 43-32 straight up and 37-34-4 against the spread. San Antonio has gone 22-13-2 against the spread as the home team. The Spurs have gone 10-11-1 against the spread as the underdog.

Injury Report

The Spurs’ star big man LaMarcus Aldridge went down with a knee injury earlier this week. The team is awaiting MRI results and hope it is nothing major. San Antonio is in a fight for the postseason and the absence of Aldridge would be a huge blow. The Spurs have already been without star small forward Kawhi Leonard for the majority of the season. Keep an eye on the status for both of these players.

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs Free Picks

The Rockets are going to win this game, but keep an eye on the spread as San Antonio could hang around in this matchup.

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs ATS Pick: Spurs to cover the NBA basketball spread

Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs Score Prediction: Rockets 108, Spurs 104

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