Celtics win sixth straight
The Boston Celtics increased their lead over the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division on Friday with victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the 113-107 win at the TD Garden, Isaiah Thomas led the way for the hosts with 38 points on 13-of-24 from the floor including 5-of-11 from long range.
Fellow starters Jae Crowder, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford were all in double figures in support as the Celtics made it six wins on the trot, and seven in their last 10, to not only power past the Raptors in the Division but close to within two games of the Cleveland Cavaliers atop the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics are 40/1 to win the Eastern Conference with the Raptors 5000/1.
Sunday Boston concludes their four-game home stand when the Los Angeles Clippers arrive in town and the Celtics then head out to the west coast to open a road swing in Sacramento against the Kings.
Match ups against the Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks follow before Boston makes a brief trip back to the TD Garden to entertain the Philadelphia 76ers.
The road beckons once more either side of the All-Star break as the Celtics close out the first half in Chicago before opening the second half against the Raptors in Toronto.
Now second in the Atlantic Division, the Raptors had yet another loss on Friday as they fell 102-94 to the Orlando Magic.
DeMar DeRozan missed his third straight game with an ankle injury for Toronto with Norman Powell starting in his place.
Short term it's been rough for the Raptors, but the increase in minutes may help in Powell's development and make Toronto a better team come the post-season.
The Celtics are 5000/1 to win the NBA this season with the Raptors 5000/1.
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