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Raptors Host Celtics in Atlantic Division Tilt: Preview, TV info and more

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The Toronto Raptors return home for their fourth game in five nights against a tough Boston Celtics team.

Patrick Patterson secures the ball as Isaiah Thomas tries for the steal.
Patrick Patterson secures the ball as Isaiah Thomas tries for the steal.
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While you were obsessing over March Madness and watching Baylor and Purdue ruin your bracket, the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers battled it out in an overtime thriller* on St. Patrick's Day.

*OK, it wasn't a thriller for most of the game but it certainly had an entertaining finish. If you want to read up on last night's action, here's our game recap.

The Raptors are right back at it tonight as they welcome the Boston Celtics to the Air Canada Centre for their fourth contest in five nights.

Here are some storylines to keep an eye on:

Who Will Actually Play?

As mentioned above, this is Toronto's fourth game in five nights. Jonas Valanciunas is still dealing with his hand issue, and may or may not be back in the lineup this evening. With the Atlantic Division firmly in hand, this could also be an opportunity for Dwane Casey to rest Kyle Lowry and/or DeMar DeRozan. If Toronto's all-star guards suit up, they could see reduced minutes. That potentially means more time for the likes of rookies Norman Powell and Delon Wright.

Biyombo's Encore

Thursday's victory over the Pacers will go down in team history as the Bismack Biyombo Game. Drawing the start, the 23-year-old pulled down 25 boards, which set a franchise record for most rebounds in a game. He also chipped in with a career-high 16 points and two blocks for good measure. What will Biyombo do for an encore? Boston ranks 27th in the NBA in terms of offensive rebounds allowed per game, so it could be another big night for the centre.

Present vs. Future

The future certainly seems bright in Beantown. Isaiah Thomas is playing on one of the most team-friendly contracts in the league, there are a number of promising young pieces already on the roster, and the Celtics own the draft this year. It appears it's only a matter of time before Boston is the team to beat in the Atlantic. For now, though, it's the Raptors' division and they'll want to make sure their rivals know it.

Where to Watch: Sportsnet ONE at 7:30 p.m. ET