Toronto Raptors Odds
The Toronto Raptors will try to avoid falling into a dubious 3-0 hole in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series against the Boston Celtics as the teams play Game 3 on Thursday.
OG Anunoby had a postseason career-best 20 points during Tuesday’s 102-99 loss in Game 2. The forward is averaging 14.0 points on 56-percent shooting in the past three games. Serge Ibaka remains the Raptors’ top reserve, ranking third on the team at 18.2 points a game in the playoffs while averaging a team-best 9.8 rebounds.
Kyle Lowry notched a team-high four steals Tuesday and has registered at least three steals in 10 games (including playoffs) for the 10th straight season.
Boston Celtics Odds
The Boston Celtics will aim for their seventh straight playoff victory and a commanding 3-0 advantage against the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors on Thursday as the teams play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Jayson Tatum paced Boston to a 102-99 victory in Tuesday’s Game 2, leading all scorers with 34 points. Tatum is averaging 27.2 points (on 48.7-percent shooting) and 9.3 rebounds in six playoff games.
Marcus Smart scorched the Raptors down the stretch, drilling five 3-pointers in a 3:04 span in the fourth quarter. Robert Williams has scored 21 points on 10-for-10 field-goal shooting in the first two games of the series.
Raptors at Celtics Betting Pick
Toronto controlled Game 2 late in the third quarter before succumbing to Smart’s hot shooting and some lapses elsewhere. The Celtics are the lone team to defeat the Raptors in the bubble, but Toronto becomes the first club to knock off Boston in the playoffs, prevailing in another nail-biter.
Raptors at Celtics Betting Pick: Raptors (-110), Celtics (-110)
Raptors 98, Celtics 94
Raptors at Celtics Best Bet
The Raptors came within a Fred VanVleet 31-footer at the buzzer of sending Game 2 to overtime despite enduring a stretch of 5-for-28 shooting late in the third quarter and into the fourth.
While Toronto must boost its clutch shooting, added defensive discipline also is vital to closing the gap on the Celtics.
FLM Best Bet: UNDER 215 total points (-110)