Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Toronto Raptors remain undefeated in the NBA’s resumed schedule.
- The Raptors and Celtics have never met in a playoff series.
- The Celtics currently lead the season series 2-1.
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Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total Points||Money Line|
|Boston Celtics||+3 -109||O 218.5 -112||+123|
|Toronto Raptors||-3 -112||U 218.5 -109||-143|
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Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds
We are expecting a hard-fought defensive matchup between these two teams. The Celtics are coming off of scoring 149 against the Nets, while the Raptors haven’t shot brilliantly yet since the restart. However, the Raptors’ savvy in late games and 48 minute long defensive effort looked to be the game-changer in this matchup.
Toronto Raptors defeat Boston Celtics -143
Under 218.5 -109
How to Watch Celtics vs Raptors
|Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors Information|
|What||Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors|
|Where||The Arena (WWOS), Orlando, FL|
|When||Friday, August 7, 2020; 9:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch||TNT, TSN, NBC Sports Boston; 98.5 The Sports Hub|
|Live Stream||NBA League Pass|
Boston Celtics (Away) Stats and Preview
|Celtics Key Facts|
|Head Coach:||Brad Stevens|
|Standing:||45-23 (3rd in Eastern Conference, 5th Overall)|
|Form:||W (vs BKN) – L (at MIA) – W (vs POR) – L (MIL)|
|Celtics’ Top Performers|
|(F) Jayson Tatum||21||63||34.4||.447||.402||23.3||7.0||3.0||1.4||0.9|
|(G) Kemba Walker||29||53||31.3||.425||.384||20.8||3.9||4.8||0.9||0.5|
|(G) Jaylen Brown||23||54||34.0||.488||.387||20.6||6.3||2.1||1.1||0.3|
The Celtics’ form since the restart is mildly concerning. While they have wins over the Trail Blazers and Nets, non-playoff teams, they failed against Eastern Conference rivals the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat.
Boston will have their hands full when they face off with the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors have been on fire since the restart and have been shutting down their competition. This is the perfect opportunity for the Celtics to show they can compete with the best in the East.
Boston Celtics Roster Notes
No roster changes of note.
Toronto Raptors (Home) Stats and Preview
|Raptors Key Facts|
|Head Coach:||Nick Nurse|
|Standing:||49-18 (2nd in Eastern Conference, 3rd in NBA)|
|Form:||W (at ORL) – W (at MIA) – W (vs LAL) – W (UTA)|
|Raptors Top Performers|
The Toronto Raptors are the darling of the NBA restart. Despite having the most difficult remaining schedule in the league, they’ve begun the resumed season 3-0. Impressive wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat have only solidified their position as championship contenders.
Toronto has been powered by tremendous performances from its stars. Fred Vanvleet in particular has been fantastic. Over his last three games the Raptors guard is averaging 23.3 points, 8.3 assists, 1.0 steals and is shooting 52.5% from the field and 50% from three.
Toronto will want to level the season series with the Celtics, before the possibility of meeting them in the playoffs. Toronto was only able to gut out a single win against the Celtics this season, so this will be their last opportunity to get a focused team performance against them.
Toronto Raptors Roster Notes
(F) Oshae Brissett – 5 Aug 2020 – Day To Day (Knee) – Brissett did not play in Wednesday’s (Aug. 5) game against Orlando.
(G) Patrick McCaw – 5 Aug 2020 – Day To Day (Knee) – McCaw did not play in Wednesday’s (Aug. 5) game against Orlando.
What’s At Stake?
A win for the Boston Celtics would bring them within 3.5 games of the second place Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference.
A victory for the Toronto Raptors would bring them within 4.5 games of first in the Eastern Conference.
Over 96 meetings, the Celtics lead the Raptors in the all-time series 56-40.
The Celtics Need to Prove They’re Championship Quality
JT heating up ??? pic.twitter.com/FCziqKuvAk
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 6, 2020
The Boston Celtics have been spoken about as Championship contenders for the past two to three years. Unfortunately for them, while the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors have risen to the occasion, the Celtics have failed when it counts most. So far this season the Celtics have taken care of the fodder, going 31-8 against teams below .500. Against plus-.500 teams, the Celtics are 14-15.
The Celtics have had the better of the Toronto Raptors so far this season, including a blowout victory on Christmas Day. Despite allowing the Raptors to shoot well from the field, Boston has been able to shut down enough of the Raptors auxiliary contributors to claim victory. Toronto has succeeded off of their team effort since the restart. If the Celtics’ fifth-ranked defense can hold them, they’ll show some real potential moving into the playoffs.
Can the Raptors Big Men get a Rhythm?
Is that a ghost? Is that a guard? No, it’s Gasol! pic.twitter.com/DFQXhoYXAG
— Raptors Republic (@raptorsrepublic) August 6, 2020
The Toronto Raptors’ perimeter players have been absolutely excellent so far in the resumed schedule. Kyle Lowry was a game changer against the Lakers, Fred Vanvleet found his deadly shooting rhythm in their second match, while Pascal Siakam continues his tremendous production and improvement as a player. Their big men, on the other hand, have been rather slow to start.
There is no question that the Raptors center duo of Gasol and Ibaka are in place for their defense first, but their offense is just as necessary. They’ve produced a combined 23.4 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists this year. However, over their last three, they’ve only contributed a combined 19.0 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. While Ibaka’s shooting rhythm is based on the creation of their guards, Gasol must show more initiative on the offensive end if the Raptors want to find victory.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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