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Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors – Game 1 NBA Picks – August 30, 2020

Free NBA Picks and Predictions on this Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 1 battle tipping off on Sunday, August 30, 2020 between the Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors

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Sports Betting Preview on this Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 1 NBA matchup between the Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors tipping off at 1pm et

The NBA oddsmakers have the Raptors as -2.5 point favorites with the over/under at 216 total points.

The betting public has 55% of their money on the Raptors.

Both teams come into this game undefeated after their first-round in the playoffs.

Boston is 3-1 overall this season against Toronto after winning their most recent matchup on three weeks ago in the bubble, 122-100, but for this one they’ll be without their Forward, Gordon Hayward who’s likely out for the rest of the season due to an ankle injury sustained last week.

The Celtics come in with all the momentum behind them after Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for an average of 48.5 points per game in the first round agains the Sixers. Kemba Walker has also caught fire these last two games, averaging 28.0 points and shooting over 51% from the field.

Boston is 6-3 against the spread in their last 9 games and the total has gone under in 5 of the Celtics last 6 games.

Toronto Raptors come into this game sweeping the subpar Brooklyn Nets. With Kyle Lowry not expected to play in Game 1 against the Celtics due to an ankle injury, look for the Raptors bench to step it up. Their second unit averaged over 56 points per game in the Nets series, but don’t expect those numbers to increase against this Celtics defense. Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet lead Toronto combining for an average of 40 points per game in round one, but the X factor in this conference semifinals will be if those type of numbers will hold up.

Toronto is 8-0 straight up in their last 8 games and the total has gone over in 4 of the Raptors last 6 games.

Our numbers show the best opportunity to make money on this Celtics/Raptors game is to to roll with the Boston Celtics Over 53 First Half Points at the -115 price

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