Celtics vs. Raptors Game 7 Prediction
The defending champion Raptors forced a Game 7 with the Celtics with a victory on Wednesday night and now they’ll look to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals if they can win tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET. That said, Toronto is once again an underdog versus Boston. Will they pull off another upset?
717 Boston Celtics (-2.5) vs. 718 Toronto Raptors (+2.5); o/u 203.5
9:00 p.m. ET, Friday, September 11, 2020
TNT, Game 7, Eastern Conference Semifinals
Boston Celtics DFS Spin
Jayson Tatum racked up 29 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in 51 minutes during Wednesday's double-overtime loss, adding two steals and two blocks with six turnovers. Tatum fell just shy of his career-high 15 rebounds, recorded in late August vs. the Sixers. The Raptors made a point of playing him physically tonight, and he did miss three free throws, but like the emerging star he is, he worked his way into rhythm and finished with a phenomenal line in a memorable double-OT loss. Tatum has struggled offensively in this series vs. Toronto, coming in at 42.8% shooting, and he was a combined 3-of-15 from deep in the previous five games. He's too talented for that to continue, so fantasy managers should deploy him with confidence.
Toronto Raptors DFS Spin
Kyle Lowry was phenomenal in 53 minutes during the Raptors' 125-122 victory on Wednesday, shooting 12-of-20 from the field and 6-of-10 from deep for 33 points. Lowry added eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block, staving off elimination with a performance for the ages. He was visibly exhausted in the overtime periods, sitting on a baseline chair during timeouts, but did enough to keep his reigning-champion team alive for a decisive Game 7 on Friday. It'll be must-watch TV.
Celtics vs. Raptors Game 7 Betting Prediction
Even though the Celtics blew them out in Game 5 111-89, I felt that the Raptors turned this series around in Game 4. Something shifted, which led me to take them in back-to-back games the last two contests. I’m backing Toronto again. That overtime loss on Wednesday night was a tough one for Boston, which has now blown a 2-0 series lead and the opportunity to slam the door on Toronto in Game 6. The Raptors have only covered twice in this series, both times as an underdog in Games 4 and 6 and they’re a dog again tonight. The Celtics should be that team that has paid its dues and is ready to get over that proverbial hump but I just like the experience and the grit of Lowry and the defending champs. I’m backing the dog again tonight.
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