The Celtics continued to have the Raptors’ number in Game 1, pulling off the upset (by NBA odds). While the first game was pretty one-sided, it would be foolish to expect that to be the trend in this series, with talent on both sides and two of the best coaches in the league. This is what makes the NBA picks for the series so interesting.
The following will find the best NBA odds for Celtics vs. Raptors, break down the game itself and give you some NBA picks and prop bets.
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NBA Picks and Predictions based on NBA Odds Shopping | Celtics vs. Raptors | Sept. 1
Celtics – Raptors Game Info
Boston Celtics (48-24) vs.Toronto Raptors (53-19)
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. ET
Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Kissimmee, FL
Game 1 got out of hand early. Between hot shooting from Boston and early fouls from Toronto, the first quarter set the tone of the rest of the game. The Celtics scored a whopping 39 first quarter points to the Raptors’ 23, then they continued to win two of the three other quarters. On top of that, it was a balanced offensive approach for Boston, with all five starters scoring at least 13 points and Robert Williams adding another 10 off the bench.
If there was one area of weakness for Boston, it was all of their turnovers. They turned the ball over 22 times in the game, with the starters accounting for all but five of them. They were lucky that Toronto was unable to capitalize on them, but they will not be as lucky, if they continue to be just as careless with the ball.
For Toronto, the long ball was simply not working. The starters were a combined 5-of-25 from deep, with Pascal Siakam missing them all and Fred VanVleet going 2-of-11. While some of this absolutely needs to be credited to Boston’s defense, most can be chalked up to an off day. Still, will more efficient shooting from 3-point range be enough to overcome the 18-point deficit from Game 1?
NBA Picks and Predictions: Celtics vs. Raptors NBA Odds Shopping
Using Awesemo’s OddsShopper tool, we can easily compare the NBA odds for Celtics-Raptors across the major sports books. The odds expressed are from 10:30 a.m. EST on Sept. 1, so make sure to check out the OddsShopper tool yourself to get the most up to date odds.
Celtics +1.5 (-105) — PointsBet
Raptors -1 (-110) — BetMGM
Over: 217.5 (-110) — BetMGM, PointsBet
Under: 218 (-109) — SugarHouse, BetRivers, DraftKings
Celtics vs. Raptors Betting Trends
- Boston leads the season series with Toronto 4-1.
- The total has hit the under in five of Boston’s last six games.
- Boston is 6-3 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games.
- Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last five games.
- The total has hit the over in four of Toronto’s last six games.
Celtics vs. Raptors NBA Picks + Prop Bets
Kemba Walker – Points: Over 20.5 (-114)
Walker was limited to 32 minutes and a 18.2% usage rate (his lowest in the postseason) in Game 1, due to the blowout. He still put up 18 points. Walker scored 22 or more in each of the three games prior. He also scored 22 points or more in his first three games against Toronto this season, with the two bubble games going under. However, we discussed last game, and he played just 23 minutes in the one before that. As long as it’s not another blowout, which NBA odds say it won’t be, Walker should be above 20 points and 20% usage again.
Marc Gasol – Made 3’s: Under 0.5 (+170)
Gasol played 26 minutes last game despite clearly not being the right matchup against Boston. Still, he was thrown out there for the most minutes he has played since Jan. 26. He also failed to hit a shot from downtown. Gasol made one 3-pointer in two of the three games prior, but the matchup with Daniel Theis will be tough because Theis is athletic enough to guard Gasol on the perimeter. I said above that the Raptors’ shooting should improve, but I am willing to bet that Gasol’s will not, especially with plus odds.
Daniel Theis – Points: Over 9.5 (-121)
After struggling to compete with Joel Embiid last series, Theis was unleashed in Game 1. He put up 13 points and 15 rebounds, which was the second straight game he scored in double digits. Theis has also had back-to-back games with over a 20% usage rate. He is one of those players that will out-hustle everyone else, and the stats seem to come if he is on the floor. Theis is less of a foul risk in this series compared to last, and I think he will see close to 30 minutes today, hitting the over on this point total.
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