Smart was initially listed as questionable with a thumb injury, but he will not be able to suit up Monday vs. the Raptors. He will be joined on the sidelines by Jeff Teague, which leaves the team without two of their top options at point guard. Those two players have averaged a combined 53.7 minutes per game this season, so there is plenty of playing time up for grabs if both are ultimately ruled out. Kemba Walker also remains out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury.
Payton Prichard has been one of the biggest surprises for the Celtics this season, and he’s coming off 27.5 minutes vs. the Pistons in their last game. He has the potential to replace Smart in the starting lineup vs. the Raptors.
Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum could also be asked to carry larger burdens than usual, which makes both players appealing options on FanDuel.
The Celtics and Raptors were two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference last season, and Boston was ultimately able to secure a 4-3 series victory over them in the Eastern Conference semifinals. However, the Raptors are currently listed as four-point home favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook for tonight’s matchup.
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