Kevin Garnett should have his hands full with Chris Bosh tonight, who's putting together another monster season, with averages of 25.4 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, all while shooting 48.3 percent from the field.
Despite Turkoglu's low scoring numbers, Toronto still boasts a very potent front line, as Turkoglu and Bosh line up next to Andrea Bargnani, who's versatility along the perimeter will allow him to pull Kendrick Perkins out of the paint. If Bosh chooses to employ a similar tactic with Garnett as well, the lane could be forced open for some of Toronto's slashers.
Despite some speculation that Tony Allen would suit up for Wednesday night's tussle with Philadelphia, according to reports, he will be held out until Sunday's game down in South Beach.
Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins
Raptors: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Hedo Turkoglu, Chris Bosh, Andrea Bargnani
Health Check: For the Celtics, forward Glen Davis (thumb) and guard Tony Allen (ankle) are both out.
For the Raptors, forward Reggie Evans (foot) is out, while forward Amir Johnson (knee) is listed as day-to-day.
Keep It In Mind: This is the Raptors' first divisional game of the season.
Who's Hot: For the Celtics, Paul Pierce scored 27 points on 10-15 shooting against the Sixers on Wednesday.
For the Raptors, Andrea Bargnani put in 15 points against the Bobcats on 6-12 shooting, including a 2-3 performance from three-point nation.
Who's Not: For the Celtics, Rasheed Wallace continued his tough shooting stretch against the Sixers on Wednesday, by going 2-7 from the field and 2-6 from three-point land.
For the Raptors, Hedo Turkoglu was also just 2-7 against the Bobcats on Wednesday and finished the game with a season-low five points.
Key Matchup: Kevin Garnett vs. Chris Bosh
Honorable Mention: Paul Pierce vs. Hedo Turkoglu and Kendrick Perkins vs. Andrea Bargnani
Skinny: The battle along the front line will headline this showdown tonight, as Toronto comes into tonight's game averaging three more rebounds than the Celtics as a team. Keeping Bosh off the boards will be one of Garnett's primary responsibilities tonight.
The Celtics will also be up against another high-powered offense, as the Raptors are averaging over 105 points per game this season, but are also allowing opponents to score 108 points against them. The Celtics should be used to such trends by now, as New York and Philadelphia boast similar points scored/allowed numbers to the Raptors. Toronto will rely heavily on the three-point line and so far this season the Raps are knocking down just under 40 percent of all their three-point attempts. Over the past four games, opponents are shooting 44.8 percent from three-point territory against Boston. It should come as no surprise, but defense and rebounding will be Boston's keys to victory tonight.