Chronicles of the Celtics vs. Raptors Series History

When Do The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics Play Next?

Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics tickets can be found on their respective team pages, along with schedule information.

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Are the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics Rivals?

The Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics have been battling for playoff spots in the Eastern Conference since the Raptors came into the league in 1995. The two teams have been near the top of the Atlantic Division for the past decade, and the Raptors have the second-most division titles — seven — to the Celtics’ 24. However, they’ve only faced each other once in the playoffs, which came in the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2019-2020 season. The Celtics won the series in seven games.

Who Are the Toronto Raptors’ Biggest Rivals?

The Toronto Raptors have struggled to find a consistent rival since their inception in 1995, but one of the top contenders are the Celtics, as they are two of the premiere teams in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has also had quality playoff matchups against the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors are 1-2 in series against the Nets and 76ers in the playoffs, and the Cavaliers ended the Raptors’ season three consecutive years from 2016–2018.

Who Are the Boston Celtics’ Biggest Rivals?

The Boston Celtics have arguably the richest history in the entire NBA, as they are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for the most championships (17) in NBA history. The Lakers are the biggest rivals of the Celtics, as the teams have met 12 times in the NBA Finals — the most common matchup in history — with the Celtics winning eight times. The Celtics have also had plenty of bad blood with the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers due to fierce playoff clashes over the years.

Game Results Between the Raptors and Celtics

The Raptors and Celtics will face each other four times this season, including the first matchup in the new NBA In-Season Tournament. The teams have met 108 times in the regular season, with the Celtics winning 66 games. Check out a table of recent head-to-head matchups between the Raptors and Celtics below.

DateHome TeamAway TeamLocationWinnerScore
2023-11-17RaptorsCelticsScotiabank ArenaBoston108-105
2023-11-11 CelticsRaptorsTD GardenBoston117-94
2023-04-07 CelticsRaptorsTD GardenBoston121-102
2023-04-05 CelticsRaptorsTD GardenBoston97-93
2023-01-21RaptorsCelticsScotiabank ArenaBoston106-104
2022-12-05RaptorsCelticsScotiabank ArenaBoston116-110
2022-03-28RaptorsCelticsScotiabank ArenaToronto115-112
2021-11-28RaptorsCelticsScotiabank ArenaBoston109-97
2021-11-10CelticsRaptorsTD GardenBoston104-88
2021-10-22CelticsRaptorsTD GardenToronto115-83

Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics History

The Toronto Raptors have been in the same division as the Boston Celtics since their inaugural season, and the two have played four times a year ever since. The teams have traded games back and forth over the years, with the longest win streak for the Raptors reaching four games — a feat they’ve achieved twice. They won the final three games against the Celtics in the 2000–2001 season and the first game of the 2001–2002 season. Over a decade later, they again won the final two games in the 2013–2014 season and the first two in 2014–2015.

The longest win streak for the Celtics is eight games, spanning the 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 seasons. The Celtics have also had multiple four- and five-game winning streaks during the series against the Raptors.

During the 2019–2020 playoffs, the year the playoffs were held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams met in the conference semifinals. Toronto forced a Game 7 with a double OT win in Game 6, but the Celtics prevailed in Game 7 to win the series.

Where Do the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors Play?

The Boston Celtics play at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. TD Garden opened in 1995 and has seen the Celtics and Boston Bruins of the NHL win championships.

The Toronto Raptors play at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Scotiabank Arena has been the home of the Raptors since 1999.

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