NBA Raptors vs Celtics Series Preview

  • Boston
  • Boston Celtics
  • Bubble
  • Fred Van Vleet
  • Jaylen Brown
  • Jayson Tatum
  • Kemba Walker
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Marc Gasol
  • NBA
  • Pascal Siakam
  • Play-Offs
  • Raptors
  • Toronto
By Harrison Lloyd August 29, 2020 0 Comment
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First Round Fly By

Now that the Pacers, 76ers, Nets and Magic have been eliminated from playoff contention. We will be seeing a much more action-packed and exciting Eastern Conference. No upsets occurred, as expected, and the favorites had no problem cruising to an almost perfect sweep across the board. The sole underdog to steal a game being the Orlando Magic (+12.5) in game 1 against the Bucks. If you parlayed all East favorites to sweep, that’s gonna sting for a little while, but there’s still plenty of money to be made. Lets preview as the Raptors and Celtics fight it out in the east.

Raptors vs Celtics

The Toronto Raptors, a team who many counted out at the beginning of the year, have found themselves in a familiar position, and possibly with even more confidence than last year. Reigning Coach of the Year Nick Nurse has done a fantastic job dealing with the departure of Kawhi Leonard and keeping his team on top.

Depth will be the biggest factor in this series, the Raptors have proven they are built on depth, not to mention their bench broke the record for points in their last game against Brooklyn, with 100. It’s going to be tough for the Celtics to keep up with Toronto’s disciplined and gritty style of play, but surely Brad Stevens has mustered up a game plan.

Celtics Big 3

In order for Boston to win this series, they need their top 3 stars to show up. If they don’t, the Raptors will crush them. Jayson Tatum has gotten off to a slow start but he’s starting to heat up at the right time. He will be playing a vital role in the series. Also, watch for Kemba Walker to break out. It’s going to be tough to against a competitor like Lowry, but if he can win that match up the Celtics have a shot. Jaylen Brown is the X factor for the Celtics in this series, if that Big 3 can stay consistent we’re in for a tight match-up.

Raptors Experience

Playoffs are becoming more and more anticipated for Toronto. The fan base has championship aspirations. Without Kawhi you can really see the teams growth as a whole, and the gritty passion exuded in their gameplan. Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam will be two key figures to watch, and with Bostons small-ball tactics, Spicy P can really show his strengths. There’s no one on the Celtics that can match his athleticism.

Injuries

Gordon Hayward would have been a big piece in this series as the Celtics need all the help they can get, losing him against Philly doesn’t help them at all. Kyle Lowry is considered questionable before the start of the series, there’s a chance he’ll be sidelined which means the Raptors will rely heavily on Van Vleet for Game 1 and possibly Game 2. Don’t expect Lowry to be out long-term, he lives for the playoffs and there’s no chance life in the bubble is fun without being on the court. So as long as nothing drastic happens to the Toronto Raptors, and they get back Kyle Lowry, they should be able to handle Boston with ease.

GAMBLING CORNER

What to Lean:

  • Tatum over points (between 23-27)
  • Lowry over rebounds (as long as it’s under 6)
  • Siakam over points (between 21-25)
  • VanVleet over points (until Lowry is back in the line-up)

Series Winner: Lock in the Toronto Raptors

BET THE FARM

 

Raptors Celtics fight it out in the east


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