Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors 8/30/2020 Spread Picks and Previews
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors 8/30/2020 – Both teams swept their first-round series and they are set to start Game 1 of the second round of the NBA Playoffs. It is the Boston Celtics taking on the defending champion Toronto Raptors this Sunday, August 30. The game will be held in the HP Field House in Kissimmee, Florida and ESPN will be the official broadcast partners. The game will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time and live streaming will be available through NBA League Pass and SofaScore. According to NBA Game Odds, this game will be close but the Toronto Raptors carry the slight edge over the Boston Celtics.
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors 8/30/2020
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors 8/30/2020 Betting Odds
Boston Celtics Betting
The Boston Celtics breezed through the first round against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers with a sweep. Jayson Tatum came up with great games and proved that he is the team’s top option. Kemba Walker followed through and provided scoring at the backcourt position along with Jaylen Brown who can score in bunches. The team will be without Gordon Hayward but they are getting more from Marcus Smart who was elevated to the starting five. Danny Theis has been fantastic in guarding Embiid and along with Enes Kanter, they are a huge problem for opposing big men.
Players to Watch: J. Tatum PF GP 4 GS 4 MIN 36.3 PTS 27 OR 2 DR 7.8 REB 9.8 AST 2.5 STL 0.5 BLK 2.3 TO 0.8 PF 2.3 AST/TO 3.3 PER 28.1
K. Walker PG GP 4 GS 4 MIN 32.8 PTS 24.3 OR 0.5 DR 3.8 REB 4.3 AST 3.8 STL 1.3 BLK 0.8 TO 1 PF 2 AST/TO 3.8 PER 26.98
J. Brown SG GP 4 GS 4 MIN 37.5 PTS 21.5 OR 1 DR 4.8 REB 5.8 AST 2.5 STL 1 BLK 0.3 TO 2.5 PF 2.5 AST/TO 1 PER 17.22.
Toronto Raptors Betting
There is no surprise as the defending champion Toronto Raptors outclassed the Brooklyn Nets with a sweep advancing to the second round. Fred VanVleet has stepped up big time as the pint-sized guard led the team in scoring. Pascal Siakam filled in the void left by Kawhi Leonard and provided the team stats from across the board while Serge Ibaka showed his veteran leadership in stabilizing the squad even coming from the bench. OG Anunoby was inserted to the starting roster and did well against the Nets. The Raptors are maybe without Kyle Lowry in Game 1 but expect him to suit up even with a lingering injury.
Players to watch: F. VanVleet SG GP 4 GS 4 MIN 33.3 PTS 21.3 OR 0 DR 4 REB 4 AST 7.8 STL 1.3 BLK 0.5 TO 1.3 PF 2.5 AST/TO 6.2 PER 24.86
P. Siakam PF GP 4 GS 4 MIN 33.5 PTS 20.8 OR 1.5 DR 6.3 REB 7.8 AST 4.8 STL 1 BLK 0.3 TO 1.8 PF 2 AST/TO 2.7 PER 16.44
S. Ibaka C GP 4 GS 0 MIN 23.5 PTS 19.3 OR 2.8 DR 7.5 REB 10.3 AST 2 STL 0.3 BLK 1 TO 0.8 PF 3.3 AST/TO 2.7 PER 32.91.
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors 8/30/2020 Betting Numbers
Boston are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games.
Toronto are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
Gordon Hayward SF Ankle is out indefinitely
Kyle Lowry PG Ankle is upgraded to probable Sunday vs Boston
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors Betting Picks
The Boston Celtics are without Gordon Hayward but the Toronto Raptors may be pacing Kyle Lowry for Game 1. Even with those injuries, the Raptors have better depth and they are forecasted by Top Online Sportsbook as the safer bet for Game 1. Fred VanVleet has been playing beyond expectations and sees him carrying the Raptors.
Moneyline: The ML given to the Celtics for this match is at +115 while the Raptors are at -135 as the favored team.
ATS: It is just 2.5 points between both teams for Game 1 and it will be the Raptors given the -2.5 while the Celtics are at +2.5.
TOTALs: The given total for both teams to reach is at 216 points with the Raptors going under while the Celtics are over.
Score Prediction: 116 – 114 Raptors