Originally written on Cuzoogle  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Toronto Raptors open up their new NBA season against Boston Celtics today, when they will be looking to kick off their campaign with a win in front of their home crowd at the Air Canada Centre. Steve Novak is the Canadian’s side biggest signing during the off-season. He has replaced Andrea Bargnani, who went the other direction out to New York. Indiana’s forward, Tyler Hansbrough, and point guard, D.J Augustin, also join Dwane Casey’s squad, as they aim to get off to a much better start than 12 months ago, when they were 4-19 after 23 games. The Raptors have not made the play-offs since 2007-08. In 2011-12, they disappointed some NBA betting fans by finishing fourth in the Atlantic division after a record of 34-48, which left them 10th in the East. Rudy Gay was the pick of the Toronto stars last season, as he averaged 19.5 points in the 33 games he played since moving from Memphis. He will now be available for Casey from the start of the campaign, including against the Celtics this evening. People who bet on NBA know that Boston are looking to bounce back after their first round play-off loss to New York at the end of last season. They were beaten 4-2 in the opening stage of the knockout stage of the competition. There will be no Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the Celtics line-up this time around. They were both traded for three future first round picks. Kim Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Jospeh, MarShon Brooks, and Keith Bogans all come into Brad Stevens’ squad. Rajon Rondo is unlikely to be available for the early stages of their schedule for the 17-time champions, as he is still recovering from the surgery that cut short his campaign last season after 38 games.
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