Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors - 9/11/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Boston Celtics (55-27) at Toronto Raptors (60-22)
NBA Basketball: Friday, September 11, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +2.5 -- Over/Under: 203.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors meet Friday in game seven of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Boston Celtics look to make the conference finals for the third time in the last four years with a victory here. The Boston Celtics are averaging 109.2 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 101.3 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 24.9 points and 9.9 rebounds while Jaylen Brown is averaging 21 points and two assists. Kemba Walker is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 82.2 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game.
The Toronto Raptors will advance to back-to-back conference finals with a victory here. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Fred VanVleet is averaging 19.6 points and seven assists while Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.9 points and six assists. Pascal Siakam is the third double-digit scorer and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 21-6-1 ATS in their last 28 playoff games as a favorite and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games. The under is 7-1 in Celtics last 8 overall. The under is 5-1 in Raptors last 6 overall. The Celtics are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
It feels like the Boston Celtics had control of this series from the start and somehow we're heading to a game seven which is a bit weird in itself. The Celtics found lots of ways to blow game six and one thing we have to remember about this team is its still young and learning how to win in the playoffs. The Toronto Raptors may not be as talented as the Celtics, but they're the core of a team that won the title last year and that experience is key in games like this where the pressure is magnified. It feels like the Raptors have the momentum heading into this game.
I'll take the free bucket with the Raptors.