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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 2 (Orlando)
(2-2) Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors (2-2)
Date: Monday, September 7th, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Field House | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -110 | Raptors +108
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -1.5 | Raptors +1.5
NBA Betting Total: 212
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A hail Mary shot made with half a second remaining in Game 3 gave the Toronto Raptors new life. They followed up that victory riding the wave of confidence to take Game 4 and even the series against the Boston Celtics.
While the Raptors have experienced a steady improvement with their 3-point shooting through four games the Celtics have experienced the opposite scenario.
From game one through game four the Celtics have shot 43.6 percent, 39.5 percent, 31.0 percent, and 20.0 percent respectively.
Jayson Tatum led the way for the Celtics in Game 4 with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Kemba Walker added 15 points and eight assists.
Jaylen Brown scored 14 points but was extremely inefficient hoisting 11 shots from deep and hitting only two and overall shot 4 of 18 from the field.
Gordon Hayward (grade 3 ankle sprain) and Javonte Green (knee) remain out while Tremont Waters (knee) has been upgraded to probable to play Monday.
For two games the Toronto Raptors couldn’t hit 3-point shots but as OG Anunoby’s basket dropped in Game it punctuated a solid fourth quarter of perimeter shooting.
Each game the Raptors perimeter shooting has improved. To wit, through four games the Raptors have shot 25 percent, 27.5 percent, 32.5 percent, and 38.5 percent respectively from the perimeter.
Five Raptors scored in double-figures with two players collecting double-doubles. Kyle Lowry produced 22 points and 11 rebounds with seven assists while Pascal Siakam registered 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Serge Ibaka (18), Fred VanVleet (17), and OG Anunoby (11) were the other double-digit contributors.
As for injuries Oshae Brissett and Patrick McCaw are both out indefinitely with knee injuries.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-2 in BOS last 8 Mon. games.
- BOS are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- TOR are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
This series was expected to take six or seven games to resolve and now it’s become a best of three series. The Raptors definitely have the momentum but the core must be fatigued as most starters played over 40 minutes in back to back games. 34-year old Lowry played 46 and 44 minutes in games three and four.
Although the emphasis has been on 3-point shooting, the Raptors defense is a critical reason why Toronto took control of the series. Raptors head coach Nick Nurse had his players using at least seven different defensive schemes in Game 4 including Box and One, man to man, and various zones.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +1.5
Something else to keep an eye on is Pascal Siakam and Jaylen Brown who are guarding each other as primaries. But while Siakam has improved in each game of the series, the weight of having to guard the Raptors forward is taking a toll on Brown’s offensive output.
It’s a matter of whether the Celtics more rested core can overcome the Raptors fatigued core and vaunted defense. Norman Powell is due for a big scoring night which would afford extra rest for Lowry and VanVleet.
***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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