Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics - 9/5/20 NBA Picks and Prediction

Toronto Raptors at Boston Celtics - 9/5/20 NBA Picks and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors (58-21) at Boston Celtics (54-25)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)

The Line: Boston Celtics +1 -- Over/Under: 213 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Toronto Raptors will be aiming to square up the series against the Boston Celtics in Game 4 at the HP Field House on Saturday night.

The Toronto Raptors will be feeling pretty good about themselves after avoiding a 3-0 series deficit with a hard-fought 104-103 win over the Celtics in Game 3. Kyle Lowry led the team with 31 points, six rebounds and eight assists, Fred VanVleet added 25 points with six assists while Pascal Siakam chipped in with 16 points on six of 15 shooting. As a team, the Raptors shot 46 percent from the field and 13 of 40 from the 3-point line as they battled to tie the game late, before the Celtics took the lead with just 0.5 seconds left on the clock. Coach Nick Nurse then drew up the play for OG Anunoby who drained the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to breathe life into the series.

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Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics will be absolutely kicking themselves after dropping Game 3 despite leading with less than second in the game. Kemba Walker led the team with 29 points including the go-ahead assist in the final second of the game, Jaylen Brown added 19 points with 12 rebounds while Jayson Tatum racked up 15 points with nine rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Celtics shot 47 percent from the field and nine of 29 from the 3-point line, but they needed more from Tatum who shot five of 18 from the field and Marcus Smart who shot four of 15 from the field.

Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 0-5 ATS in their last five Conference Semfinals games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games following an ATS loss. The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog, 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the under is 5-0 in the last five meetings overall, the Raptors are 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Boston and the Raptors are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall.

The Raptors were just about gone in this series if Anunoby doesn’t drain the game-winner at the buzzer on Thursday, but they got the job done and are now looking to square it up in Game 4. The Celtics jumped out to an early lead and looked to be in control for a majority of the game until the Raptors stole it late. Lowry did a great job of leading his team down the stretch, but I just felt that the Raptors got a bit lucky as Tatum just couldn’t find his shot on Thursday. I’m expecting another close one, but there’s still more to like about to Celtics at this point and I think they go up 3-1 in the series.

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