Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors - 9/7/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Boston Celtics (54-26) at Toronto Raptors (59-21)
NBA Basketball: Monday, September 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +1 -- Over/Under: 212 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors meet Monday in game five of NBA playoff action at the HP Field House.
The Boston Celtics look to prevent three straight losses to take a 3-2 series lead. The Boston Celtics are averaging 107.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 99.9 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 25.3 points and 9.4 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 22 points and five assists. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing five rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 81.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 29.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game.
The Toronto Raptors look for a third straight victory to take a 3-2 series lead. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.1 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Fred VanVleet is averaging 19.6 points and 7.3 assists while Pascal Siakam is averaging 19 points and 3.9 assists. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 8.8 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Monday games, 35-17-1 ATS in their last 53 playoff games as a favorite and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog, 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 playoff games as an underdog and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Monday games. The under is 6-0 in Celtics last 6 overall. The under is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 overall. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Toronto and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Toronto Raptors made the most of their game three miracle by playing their best game of the series in game four and tying things up. After not buying a shot in the first two games, the Raptors are making their threes again and that's allowed them to set up their defense and shutdown the Celtics in the half court. I thought the Raptors were the better team entering this series, and they're going to have the edge as long as those threes continue to fall. With all the momentum on their side and being able to comfortably win a game despite shooting under 40 percent from the field, I'll take my free point with the Raptors in game five.