Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors Game 2 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- With their Game 1 loss, the Toronto Raptors fell to 4-16 all-time in series opening matches.
- Boston made 17 three-point field goals to Toronto’s 10 in Game 1.
- This is the first ever playoff series between these two teams.
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Celtics vs Raptors Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Boston Celtics||+1.5 -109||O 216.5 -112||+102|
|Toronto Raptors||-1.5 -110||U 216.5 -109||-120|
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Celtics vs Raptors Predictions and Picks
The Boston Celtics embarrassed the Toronto Raptors in Game 1, but the reigning champions are famous for roaring back after defeats. Unlikely to shoot so poorly from the field again, we see the Toronto Raptors bringing this series level.
How to Watch Celtics vs Raptors
|Celtics vs Raptors Information|
|What||Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Tuesday, September 1st, 2020; 5:40 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Head-to-Head: Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors
|Boston Celtics||Head-to-Head||Toronto Raptors|
|Brad Stevens||Head Coach||Nick Nurse|
|48-24 (3rd in East, 5th Overall)||Standing||53-19 (2nd in East, 2nd Overall)|
|113.3 (4th of 30)||Off Rtg||111.1 (14th of 30)|
|107.0 (4th of 30)||Def Rtg||105.0 (2nd of 30)|
|99.5 (17th of 30)||Pace||100.9 (12th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Tatum (25.8)||PPG||T-Siakam, Vanvleet (19.2)|
|J. Tatum (9.6)||RPG||S. Ibaka (10.0)|
|K. Walker (5.0)||APG||F. Vanvleet (7.8)|
|M. Smart (1.4)||SPG||F. Vanvleet (2.2)|
|J. Tatum (1.8)||BPG||O. Anunoby (1.6)|
|G. Williams (.833)/J. Tatum (9.4)||FG%/FGM||M. Thomas (.700)/T-Ibaka, Siakam (7.0)|
|B. Wanamaker (.571)/J. Tatum (3.2)||3P%/3PM||T. Davis (.533)/F. Vanvleet (4.2)|
Can the Celtics Maintain their Team Output?
The Boston Celtics were at the top of their game when they faced the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. After defeating the reigning champions by 18 points, Boston looked as if they’d have a firm hold on the series. Mostly due to their teamwork.
In-Game 1 Brad Stevens went with a tight eight-man rotation to take down the Raptors. Six of those eight players scored ten points or more on the game, on top of playing excellent defense throughout.
You can’t expect the Celtics to shoot 43.6% from three again, but their ball movement opens up plenty of opportunities for them against the Raptors’ slow-footed big men. If they can continue to create problems from every position, the Celtics can take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Raptors.
Toronto Must Find Their Shooting Stroke
In their first series against the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors looked unstoppable. They averaged 126.3 points per game on 49.5% shooting from the field and 43.3% from three-point range. Of course, their defensive quality was also on display, holding the Nets to just 39.7% shooting and 33.7% shooting from deep. The Celtics though, are a different monster.
Boston looked superior by miles in their first meeting against the Raptors in Game 1, holding the reigning champions 94 points on 36.9% shooting from the field. In order for Toronto to bring the series level, they must manufacture better scoring opportunities against a tough Boston defense.
The onus is on young stars Fred Vanvleet and Pascal Siakam. Their ability to create for themselves opens up opportunities for others. The pair went from shooting 52.7% and 41.7% from the field respectively, to 31.3% and 18.8% from the field in Game 1 against Boston. If Toronto wants to find their form, it will depend on their creativity.
Celtics Key Player: (G) Kemba Walker
— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) August 22, 2020
All things considered, Kemba Walker was rather conservative in his first playoff match against the Toronto Raptors. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t effective though.
Walker had 18 points and 10 assists, on six of 11 shooting, in 32 minutes of play. While his shot attempt rate is more conservative than expected, his playmaking was the game-changer.
If Walker continues to create for his teammates, you can expect the Celtics’ offense to remain as sharp as it was in Game 1.
Raptors Key Player: (C) Marc Gasol
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 16, 2020
A key player in the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 championship run, Marc Gasol will be crucial to the team’s success against the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately, the Spanish center has looked well off of his form since the playoffs began.
Outside of a good Game 1 against the Nets, Gasol has been lacking since. He’s averaged just 6.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 21.1 minutes during the playoffs. In-Game 1 against the Celtics Gasol was aggressive in his limited opportunities.
Considering the Raptors will have the size advantage at center against the Celtics, Gasol must be proactive in creating scoring chances. Whether in the paint or on the perimeter, where he is shooting just 21.4% from deep, Gasol must contribute to Toronto’s offensive production.
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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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