Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics Game 6 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The defending champion Toronto Raptors need to win in order to avoid elimination against the Boston Celtics.
- The Boston Celtics emerge as the clear favorites after their Game 5 drubbing of the Raptors.
- Jayson Tatum leads all scorers with 22.4 points per game.
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Raptors vs Celtics Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Toronto Raptors||+3 -110||O 210 -112||+125|
|Boston Celtics||-3 -110||U 210 -109||-150|
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Raptors vs Celtics Predictions and Picks
The Toronto Raptors were dismantled in Game 5 by the Boston Celtics’ hard-nosed defence. Toronto has bounced back after tough losses before in this series and we expect the same as the Raptors look to keep their season alive.
How to Watch Raptors vs Celtics
|Raptors vs Celtics Information|
|What||Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Wednesday, September 9th, 2020; 6:40 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Head-to-Head: Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics
|Toronto Raptors||Head-to-Head||Boston Celtics|
|Nick Nurse||Head Coach||Brad Stevens|
|53-19 (2nd in East, 2nd Overall)||Standing||48-24 (3rd in East, 5th Overall)|
|111.1 (14th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.3 (4th of 30)|
|105.0 (2nd of 30)||Def Rtg||107.0 (4th of 30)|
|100.9 (12th of 30)||Pace||99.5 (17th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|F. Vanvleet (19.4)||PPG||J. Tatum (24.4)|
|S. Ibaka (8.2)||RPG||J. Tatum (9.4)|
|F. Vanvleet (7.0)||APG||K. Walker (5.2)|
|K. Lowry (1.9)||SPG||J. Brown (1.2)|
|O. Anunoby (1.4)||BPG||D. Theis (1.4)|
|M. Thomas (.611)/P. Siakam (6.9)||FG%/FGM||R. Williams (.714)/J. Tatum (8.4)|
|S. Ibaka (.528)/F. Vanvleet (4.0)||3P%/3PM||G. Williams (.600)/J. Tatum (2.6)|
Toronto Must Score From Range to Stay Alive
The Toronto Raptors thought that they had overcome the worst of the Celtics after bringing the series level, 2-2. Unfortunately, the issues that plagued them in their first two games reared their ugly heads in Game 5.
It’s no secret that the Raptors have been struggling from deep in this series. Unfortunately, they are yet to meet their regular-season mark in this series, most recently shooting 30% from three in Game 5 against the Celtics.
Not only are Toronto shooting poorly, but they are settling for shots. Where they were aggressive in finding opportunities in Games 3 and 4, the Toronto Raptors began to settle early in Game 5. If they can’t punish the Celtics from range, the Raptors don’t have a chance of keeping their playoff hopes alive.
Can Boston Force Their Way to the Line?
Whether or not you believe the refereeing has been suspect in this series, the Boston Celtics are fairly taking advantage of it. Between the talents of Brown and Tatum, the Celtics have been able to take advantage of the Raptors’ smaller backcourt and get to the line.
Boston is averaging 24.2 trips to the free-throw line per game. Of those 24.2 trips, Brown and Tatum account for about 10 of those attempts in each game. Dangerous scorers in their own right, Tatum and Brown have been causing headaches for the Raptors defence.
In order to end the Toronto Raptors’ championship aspirations, the Celtics will need to continue to beat them in the paint and from three. Their free throws rate is excellent and a product of forcing the Raptors’ defence to scramble. If they can continue to get extra points at the line, the series will be theirs.
Raptors Key Player: (F) Pascal Siakam
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 26, 2019
The media hounds are out in force, looking to take as much as they can from Pascal Siakam. The first-time All-Star was brilliant during the regular season, but hasn’t shown the same intensity since the NBA season resumed.
In five games Siakam is averaging 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.2 steals on 40.5% from the field and 15.4% from three. His three-point shooting is particularly worrying, as he’s fallen greatly from his regular season sharpshooting.
Siakam will continue to see the court because of his versatility on the defensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, if he can’t get his offence going it’s unlikely that the Raptors can keep their championship hopes alive.
Celtics Key Player: (F) Jaylen Brown
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 7, 2020
Jaylen Brown has been stellar for the Boston Celtics. While his shooting has come and gone in certain games, his defensive ability has been a game changer on Raptors All-Star Pascal Siakam.
As the primary defender of Pascal Siakam, Jaylen Brown has been mostly successful. His quickness has neutralized Siakam’s face up game while his athleticism has more than made up for his size disadvantage.
While Brown’s three-point shooting has lacked efficiency, he’s scored at least three three-point field goals in each of the Celtics’ three victories. Crucial defensively but equally valuable on the offensive end, Brown will be crucial to the Celtics’ success.
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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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