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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 2 (Orlando)
(0-2) Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics (2-0)
Date: Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Field House | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics Raptors -108 | Celtics -103
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -1.0 | Celtics +1.0
NBA Betting Total: 215
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The second-round series that was expected to go the distance hasn’t played out that way so far with the Boston Celtics taking an early 2-0 edge. Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have played 14 games in the bubble and lost only three games — all to the Celtics.
After losing Game 1 badly and not looking fully ready the Raptors looked much closer to themselves in the second match but the Celtics backcourt who Toronto managed in the first half exploded in the later stages of the game to erase a 12 point lead and win by three points.
Oshae Brissett and Patrick McCaw both underwent knee procedures to remove loose bodies and a benign mass respectively with both out indefinitely.
Jayson Tatum continues to have a wonderful postseason and once again led his team in scoring with 34 points. Marcus Smart (19), Kemba Walker (17), Jaylen Brown (16), and Robert Williams (11) were the other double-figure contributors.
Smart shot 2 of 15 from the perimeter in the series versus the 76ers but is shooting 11 of 18 through two games including five consecutive 3-pointers that erased the Raptors lead and was the reason the Celtics won.
Nick Nurse had to use his challenge on a play that erased a basket due to a Siakam foul that turned out to be a flop by Smart. It wasn’t appreciated on the Raptors bench that a flop was so easily sold or that a challenge should have to be used to prove it.
Perhaps that’s why Smart was fined for the flop but with both teams having quality floppers this is also likely a warning.
Tremont Waters (knee), Javonte Green (knee), and Gordon Hayward (ankle) all remain out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- TOR are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Atlantic
- BOS are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Under is 27-10 in BOS last 37 games as an underdog
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
The typically hot 3-point shooting Raptors were abysmal from the perimeter shooting 11 of 40 with several uncontested shots. Guards Lowry and VanVleet combined for 3 of 19. For the Raptors to win they’ll need their starting backcourt and Norm Powell to be much better.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -1.0
It’s already a must-win game and the Raptors are a scrappy team that won’t go down without a fight. Expect a more physical game and Nick Nurse to be actively involved since he wasn’t very happy Toronto didn’t get a free throw until mid-way through the third quarter despite a plus double-digit scoring edge in the paint.
***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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