In Game 7 of this thrilling Eastern Semifinal, the defending champions Raptors are facing the Celtics. Game 6 was one for the ages as both teams settled score after two overtimes. The champs lived to fight another day and forced a seventh game in the series. The winner will advance to the conference finals where the Miami Heat are waiting.
Date/Time: 09-11-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors +2.5 Total: +204.5
Raptors finished the regular season with a 53-19 record (41-29-1 ATS). They were second in the East. They have won three of their last four matches. In their last game they won the Celtics in game 6, 125-122 in double overtime. They were a 3-point underdog and covered the spread.
Fred VanVleet leads the team in the postseason with 19.6 ppg, adding a team-high 7 assists per game. Kyle Lowry adds 17.9 ppg, 6.6 rebounds and 6 assists per game.
Boston Celtics finished the regular season with a 48-24 record (41-27-4 ATS). They were third in the East. They have lost three of their last four matches. In their last game they lost by Toronto in Game six, 122-125 in double OT. They were a -3 favorite but didn’t beat the odds.
Jayson Tatum leads the team both in scoring with 24.9 ppg and in rebounding with 9.9 per game. Jaylen Brown adds 21 ppg and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Boston leads Toronto 6-4 wins this season.
Celtics have a better offense (113.1 to 112.6 ppg) and field goal percentage (46% to 45.6%). They are also better both in boards grabbed (46 to 45.3) and in turnovers (13.8 to 14.5).
On the other hand, Raptors have a better 3-point percentage (37.3% to 36.2%) and dish more assists (25.3 to 22.8).
Both squads have almost identical defenses, allowing 106.5 and 106.6 ppg.
Bookmakers give the Celtics a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They lost Game 6 in details but they will surely step up tonight and get away with the series-ending win.
Celtics vs Raptors Game 7 Prediction: Boston Celtics -2.5 (-111)