Boston proved to be one of the hottest teams in the postseason and with a close victory in game two, they took a 2-0 lead in the series. They are 10-1 in their last 11 games and are facing the defending champions Raptors in game 3 of this Western semifinal. Toronto needs to bounce back and avoid a potentially series-ending 3-0 lead by Boston.
Date/Time: 09-03-2020, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics +1 Total: +215.5
Boston Celtics finished the regular season with a 48-24 record (41-27-4 ATS). They were third in the East. They have won 10 of their last 11 matches. In their last game they won the Raptors in Game 2, 102-99. They were once again an underdog at +1.5 but covered the spread.
Jayson Tatum leads the team both in scoring with 27.2 ppg and in rebounding with 9.3 per game. Kemba Walker adds 22 ppg and a team-high 4.8 assists per game.
Raptors finished the regular season with a 53-19 record (41-29-1 ATS). They were second in the East. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost by Boston in game two, 99-102. They were a 1.5-point favorite but didn’t beat the odds.
Fred VanVleet leads the team in the playoffs with 19.2 ppg, adding a team-high 7.7 assists per game. Pascal Siakam adds 18.8 ppg and 7 rebounds.
Boston leads Toronto 5-1 wins this season.
Both teams have almost identical offense (113.4 to 113 ppg) and defense (106.5 to 106.7 ppg). They are very close both in rebounding (45.9 to 45.6) and in field goal percentage (46% to 45.8%).
Raptors are better both in 3-point percentage (37.4% to 36.5%) and in assists made (25.4 to 22.7).
On the other hand, Celtics commit fewer turnovers (13.8 to 14.6).
Bookmakers give the Raptors a -1 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They will fight back at some point and this game is the perfect opportunity.
Raptors vs Celtics Game 3 Prediction: Toronto Raptors -1 (-111)