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Toronto Raptors Odds
The Toronto Raptors will aim to stave off elimination Wednesday as they meet the Boston Celtics trailing their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series 3-2. After rallying to tie the series with victories in Games 3 and 4, the Raptors lost Monday’s Game 5 111-89.
Toronto trailed by as many as 30 and never led. Fred VanVleet paced five Raptors in double figures with 18 points, while Norman Powell was next with 16. Kyle Lowry is averaging a team-best 19.2 points and 7 assists in the series to go with 6 rebounds, but registered just 10 points Monday.
And then came Tuesday, when reserve big man Serge Ibaka showed up at media availability a walking boot, the result of a sprained ankle Monday that has him questionable for Wednesday.
Boston Celtics Odds
After racing to victory in Monday’s Game 5, the Boston Celtics will try to eliminate the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors Wednesday in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. Boston rolled past Toronto 111-89 Monday behind 27 points from Jaylen Brown.
Kemba Walker (21 points) and Jayson Tatum (18) followed as the Celtics’ starters outscored the Raptors’ 93-45. Boston scored 37 points in the second quarter — two more than the 35 it allowed in the entire first half. Since 2008, the Celtics are 17-21 in games in which they can clinch a series.
Boston has defeated Toronto by more than 15 points four times this season, a feat the rest of the NBA has accomplished just once.
Raptors at Celtics Game 6 Betting Pick
The Raptors are 9-10 all-time in elimination games, and memorably won their most recent one when defeating Philadelphia in Game 7 of last season’s East semifinals.
But the Celtics seemed to deflate the Raptors on Monday en route to their second wire-to-wire win of the series. Can Toronto recover?
Raptors vs. Celtics Betting Pick for Game 6: Raptors (+135), Celtics (-160)
Celtics: 105, Raptors 99
Raptors at Celtics Best Bet for Game 6
Boston heeded coach Brad Stevens’ added emphasis on defense in Game 5, holding Toronto to 11 first-quarter points. While exceeding that effort was a challenge through the rest of the game, the Celtics remained steady, holding Lowry and VanVleet nearly 10 points below their combined series scoring average.
Raptors at Celtics Best Bet: UNDER 210 total points (-110)