Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors - 9/1/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors - 9/1/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics (53-24) at Toronto Raptors (57-20)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 5:30 pm (HP Field House)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -1.5 -- Over/Under: 216 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in game two of NBA playoff action at the HP Field House.

The Boston Celtics look for another victory to take a quick and surprising 2-0 start in this series. The Boston Celtics are averaging 112.2 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 99.2 points on 39 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 25.8 points and 9.6 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 23 points and five assists. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing four rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 81.4 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 26.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. 

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The Toronto Raptors need a bounce back victory here to even up the series at 1-1. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 119.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Fred VanVleet is averaging 19.2 points and 7.8 assists while Pascal Siakam is averaging 19.2 points and 4.2 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Norman Powell is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.8 rebounds per game.

The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games as an underdog and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Tuesday games, 45-20 ATS in their last 65 games playing on 1 days rest and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Celtics last 7 overall. The under is 10-4 in Raptors last 14 overall. The Celtics are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Toronto and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Boston Celtics looked impressive in their game one victory, and they've now beaten the Raptors comfortably twice in the bubble. The Celtics have also won six of the last eight meetings overall against the Raptors. There's reason to be confident in the Celtics in this series. However, the Raptors are better than what they showed in game one, and they missed a lot of open looks. You can't expect that to happen again. This was expected to be a long, back and forth, competitive series and in order for that to happen, the Raptors have to even things up. I'll lay the small chalk with the Raptors.

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