The defending champions Raptors (49-18), who have been flawless in the restart, are facing the Celtics (45-23). It will be a battle between two of the three best teams in the East. Boston is coming off a huge 34-point victory over Brooklyn.
Date/Time: 08-07-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -2.5 Total: +218.5
Raptors have a 49-18 record (38-28-1 ATS) and are second in the East. They are 3-0 in the restart and in their last game they won against the Magic, 109-99, covering the -7.5 spread.
Pascal Siakam leads the team in scoring with 23.3 ppg, adding 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Kyle Lowry adds 19.7 ppg, 5.1 rebounds and a team-high 7.6 assists per game.
Boston Celtics have a 45-23 record (39-25-4 ATS) and are third in the East. In their last game they won against the Nets, 149-115, easily covering the -8.5 handicap.
Jayson Tatum leads the team in scoring with 23.3 ppg, adding 7 rebounds. Kemba Walker adds 20.8 ppg and a team-high 4.8 assists per game.
Boston leads Toronto 2-1 wins this season.
They have won at home by 6 points and on the road by 16.
Celtics are better offensively (113.6 to 112.7). Raptors are better defensively (106.1 to 107.5).
Both teams have a similar FG% (46.1% to 45.8%), while Raptors have a better 3pt% (37.4% to 36.6%).
Boston is better both in rebounding (45.8 to 45.2) and in turnovers committed (13.7 to 14.6). Toronto is better assists made (25.3 to 22.7).
Bookmakers give the Raptors a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They are playing great in the restart and they will be looking to remain perfect tonight.
Celtics vs Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -3 (-108)