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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 2 (Orlando)
(2-3) Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics (3-2)
Date: Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Field House | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics Raptors +142 | Celtics -150
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors +3.0 | Celtics -3.0
NBA Betting Total: 210
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Playing the core over 40 minutes in back to back games allowed the Toronto Raptors to even the series but in Game 5 the Boston Celtics took advantage of the fatigued opponents and got an easy win.
It wasn’t so much that the Celtics dominated as it was the Raptors couldn’t hit open shots or finish in close. And for the fourth game in a row the Celtics got the advantage at the charity stripe (own series edge 121 – 96) while core Raptors were in foul trouble.
Kyle Lowry looked tired and no one else in the starting rotation stepped up to take on his energizer role in Game 5.
For the first time since the team arrived in Orlando Nick Nurse finally conceded Pascal Siakam was not playing up to expectations.
In the three losses to the Celtics, Siakam has shot 5 of 16, 6 of 16, and 5 of 9, a cumulative 1 of 9 from deep scoring 13, 17, and 10 points respectively and he’s not getting to the line at the same rate as his counterpart Jayson Tatum.
On the season, Siakam averaged 22.9 points and shot 35.9 percent from deep but in the series, he’s averaging 15.8 points and an anemic 15.4 percent from deep.
Serge Ibaka is in a walking boot after spraining his ankle and is questionable for Wednesday.
Brad Stevens pinpointed the need to win the first and third quarters as a priority. Boston nailed the first part of the equation winning the first frame 25-11. They held a 62-35 lead at half so winning the third quarter wasn’t as pressing of a need.
Boston’s big trio all had big games with Jaylen Brown, in particular, registering a bounce-back game of 27 points and six rebounds Jayson Tatum posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds while Kemba Walker delivered 21 points, seven assists, and four rebounds.
Brad Wanamaker (15), Daniel Theis (15), and Marcus Smart (15) were the other double-figure contributors.
Javonte Green (knee), and Gordon Hayward (ankle) remain out until mid and late September respectively.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 10-1 in BOS last 11 overall.
- Under is 7-2 in TOR last 9 road games.
- Road team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
I missed the boat completely in the last match but having watched every Raptors game and most Celtics games this season it’s shocking Pascal Siakam hasn’t figured out how to use his advantages over the Celtics.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +3.0
Everything is on the line and other than a bad whistle I can’t imagine this Raptors team conceding and not forcing a Game 7 winner take all contest.
***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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