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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 2 (Orlando)
(0-0) Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors (0-0)
Date: Thursday, August 27th, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Field House | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics +115 | Raptors -121
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics +2 | Raptors -2
NBA Betting Total: 216
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The second round of the NBA playoffs was scheduled to tip off on Thursday but boycotts of all three matches on Wednesday followed by a players meeting and another scheduled for Thursday morning may result in a postponement and possibly cancellation of the season.
With the Boston Celtics and Toronoto Raptors being the first series to set to begin the second round if the playoffs do proceed this will be the least affected series since they are ahead of schedule.
If the playoffs resume, this is sure to be an exciting seven game series and while the Celtics took three of the four games this season two of their wins were against Toronto when they were missing core players.
In their close out match versus the 76ers the big three for the Celtics stepped up to lead their squad. Jayson Tatum delivered a double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds.
Kemba Walker had perhaps his best game with 32 point, four rebounds and four assists while Jaylen Brown registered 16 points, two assists and five rebounds.
If there is an area the Celtics can’t measure up to the Raptors it would be their bench who ranks 14th of the 16th teams while the Raptors bench is first.
Gordon Hayward grade 3 ankle sprain will keep him out until the end of September and left the bubble. Javonte Green (knee) is out until mid September and Tremont Waters (knee) is out Thursday.
The final match played in the first round series served up positive and negative results. The Raptors bench scored an unprecedented 100 points in the victory but lost Kyle Lowry in the process. Chris Chiozza ran in front of the bulldog point guard causing him to turn his ankle.
Pascal Siakam registered a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists while Serge Ibaka led the bench assault with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Norm Powell (29), Terence Davis (14), Matt Thomas (12) and OG Anunoby (10) were the other double-digit contributors.
The Raptors are 32-5 since January 15th and have lost only one game in the bubble, ironically against the Boston Celtics.
The biggest question mark for the Raptors is whether Lowry will be able to play.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 25-10 in BOS last 35 games as an underdog.
- Under is 9-4 in TOR last 13 overall.
- Favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The free flowing offense both teams experienced in their first round series is unlikely to be the case in this matchup. To wit, the Celtics (39.6%) and Raptors (39.7%) have the best opponent field goal percent and boast the best and third best 3-point defense.
Moreover both teams rank in the top five in the three key categories with Toronto ranking third defensively, second offensively and first in net differential while Boston ranks fifth both offensively and defensively and second in net differential.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -2
A few keys in this first game will be the defensive scheme for Jayson Tatum (likely OG Anunoby), the Raptors reserve depth and the Celtics facing a club who scores more readily from the perimeter than the 76ers.
If Lowry can’t go it’s a big hit for Toronto, but they’ll do what they’ve done all season and rely on the next man. This could go either way and while the Celtics Big 3 are dominant the Raptors have five or six different players who can score 20 points on any given night and the best defense in the bubble overall.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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