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Raptors vs Celtics, Game Preview & Live Stream

The Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics will play in Boston for their second NBA preseason game. It is the first of two preseason matchups between the Atlantic Division teams. Each team will have a home game.

Many people viewed the Raptors as a rebuilding team last season, but they pushed themselves into a playoff spot. The Celtics got off to an underwhelming start, but in the new year turned into one of the best teams in the league, advancing to the NBA Finals.

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Raptors on the Rise

Last season, head coach Nick Nurse helped the Raptors find their groove with a specific style of play that leaned heavily on wings and playing his starters for large portions of the game.

All-Star Fred VanVleet and All-NBA third-teamer Pascal Siakam were the anchors to the team, with Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes improving as the season went along. Gary Trent Jr. and OG Anunoby, when healthy, provided much-needed spacing. The issue was that each starter averaged over 35 minutes in the regular season, putting a lot of stress on their bodies and causing them to struggle in the playoffs.

Nurse will look to fortify his bench and may have found a piece in Josh Jackson, who scored 10 points in 18 minutes in a 114-82 preseason win over the Utah Jazz. The backup point guard spot is wide open with Malachi Flynn as the leader for the spot, playing 17 minutes with eight points.

Celtics Withstand Drama

The Boston Celtics’ Eastern Conference title defense did not get off to the best start. Head coach Ime Udoka, in his first season with Boston a year ago, was suspended for the season by the team.

Joe Mazzulla has been promoted from assistant to interim head coach. He was a part of the staff in Boston’s run to the Finals, but it is still a whole new game manning the sideline in a difficult situation. The Celtics are favored to win the Eastern Conference again at +250.

It is possible that due to the circumstances, Mazzulla played his key players solid minutes in a 134-93 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum looked good, playing over 22 minutes, with Brown dropping 24 points. Newcomer Malcolm Brogdon also got some sustained run, playing 24 minutes and dishing out nine assists.

Raptors vs Celtics Head-to-Head

Last season, the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics played each other four times, splitting the games evenly. Each team won a game at home and away, as well as having one blowout win.

This will be the first of two times these teams will play against one another this preseason, with the next nine days later.

Raptors vs Celtics Game Information

  • Game: Raptors vs Celtics
  • Location: TD Garden, Boston, MA
  • Day/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Raptors vs Celtics Live stream: NBA Game Pass

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