The Celtics proved to be hotter in the opening game of this Eastern semifinal and got away with an easy win, even though they were the underdogs. Today they are facing once again the defending champions Raptors in Game 2 of the series. Toronto will look to balance the scales against a red-hot Boston who is 9-1 in their last 10 games.
Date/Time: 09-01-2020, 17:30 EDT
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Spread: Toronto Raptors -1 Total: +218
Raptors had a 53-19 record in the regular season (41-29-1 ATS). They finished 2nd in the East. In their last game they saw a 9-game winning streak end with a defeat by the Celtics in Game 1, 94-112. They were a 2-point favorite but failed to cover the spread.
Fred VanVleet leads the team in the playoffs with 19.2 ppg, adding a team-high 7.8 assists per game. Pascal Siakam adds 19.2 ppg and 6.8 rebounds.
Boston Celtics had a 48-24 record in the regular season (41-27-4 ATS). They finished 3rd in the East. They have won 9 of their last 10 matches. In their last game they won the Raptors in Game one, 112-94. They were a 2-point underdog but managed to beat the odds.
Jayson Tatum leads the team both in scoring with 25.8 ppg and in rebounding with 9.6 per game. Kemba Walker adds 23 ppg and a team-high 5 assists per game.
Celtics lead the Raptors 4-1 wins this season.
Boston is better offensively (113.6 to 113.2 ppg), in rebounding (46 to 45.6) and in turnovers committed (13.8 to 14.7).
On the other hand, Toronto is better both in 3-point percentage (37.5% to 36.4%) and in assists made (25.5 to 22.8).
Both teams are very close defensively (106.5 to 106.8 ppg) and in field goal percentage (46% to 45.8%).
Bookmakers give the Raptors a -1 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. Celtics are playing much better and have the momentum and will win this game one way or another.
Celtics vs Raptors Game 2 Prediction: Boston Celtics +1 (-108)