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2020 NBA Handicapping (Orlando Restart)
(45-23) Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors (49-18)
Date: Friday, August 2nd, 2020
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Arena | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -108 | Raptors -102
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics +3 | Raptors -3
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
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The marquee match of Friday night features the second-seeded Toronto Raptors and third-seeded Boston Celtics.
Boston arrives having routed the Nets 149-115 while the Raptors beat the Magic 109-99 in their last match.
This is the fourth meeting this season with the Celtics up 2-1.
Through four seeding games, the Celtics have experienced a yo-yo effect losing to the Bucks and Heat. In between, they’ve beaten the Blazers and Nets while posting scores of 149 and 128 in the wins.
While they progress through the final four games Boston is trying to manage the health of Kemba Walker’s knee making sure he is at 100 percent by the time the postseason arrives.
With Jonathan Issac tearing his ACL and Jaren Jackson Jr. tearing his meniscus it puts extra credence on players like Walker returning from injury and their team to exercise patience.
While the Celtics would prefer to have Walker in games to make a run at the second seed having him to last deep in the playoffs is far more important.
In the victory over the Nets seven Celtics score in double-figures including all five starters with Jaylen Brown (21) leading the way.
Pundits have questioned who’ll take the place of last season’s Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard who exited for LA in the offseason. But the Raptors don’t worry about who’ll star on any given night.
Typically it will be Pascal Siakam, but Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet demonstrated in the first three seeded matches they can also step up as the primary scorer.
What no one is questioning is the Raptors defense which ranks second overall but has been the best in the bubble. En route to their third successive win, the Raptors held the Magic to 35 first-half points punctuated by an 11 point opening frame.
The Raptors and the Phoenix Suns are the only unbeaten clubs in the bubble.
A win by the Raptors will secure the second seed and that’s desirable given they have the hardest schedule in the bubble.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-2 in BOS last 9 games as an underdog.
- Over is 7-3 in BOS last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Under is 7-3 in TOR last 10 games as a favorite.
- Favorite is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings
Free Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
.The games between these two clubs are always competitive. Each team beat the other by 16 points in games played on the second night of a back-to-back while the other game came down to the wire.
It’s been over seven months since these teams played each other. The Celtics offense has expanded while Jayson Tatum is bordering on becoming a top five star.
The Raptors meanwhile are finally healthy with arguably the best and most adaptable defense. Siakam continues to figure out what it will take to be ‘the guy’ but don’t sleep on OG Anunoby who is ready to break out.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -3
Tough game to predict if Celtics control the match will exceed the point total whereas if the Raptors take control the point total will fall under.
In this case – I’m leaning toward defense winning out.
***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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