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Boston Celtics Odds
After stifling the Philadelphia 76ers on the way to a sweep of their first-round playoff series, the Boston Celtics will try to maintain their defensive momentum Sunday in a delayed start to their second-round series against the Toronto Raptors.
Boston limited Philadelphia to 39.6 percent shooting in the first round. Boston won 3 of 4 meetings with Toronto during the regular season, claiming the season series for the first time since 2012-13. Jaylen Brown averaged a team-best 23 points against the Raptors.
The Celtics topped the Raptors 122-100 on Aug. 7, Toronto’s lone loss in the bubble to date. Jayson Tatum has 27 points per game in the playoffs.
Toronto Raptors Odds
Coming off a first-round sweep of the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors will begin their Eastern Conference second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics at The Field House near Orlando on Thursday. Toronto has not played since last Sunday.
Fred VanVleet has scored 21.3 points per game in the playoffs with Pascal Siakam at 20.8. Serge Ibaka averaged a team-best 10.3 rebounds in the first round. Kyle Lowry (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Game 1. The Raptors scored a franchise-record 150 points in Sunday’s series-clinching win while shooting 55.4 percent and drilling 22 3-pointers. The Raptors are averaging 126.3 points, 51.0 rebounds and 30.5 assists in the playoffs.