After a double-digit win in Game 1, the Boston Celtics will aim to take control of a best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 on Tuesday evening. Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker lead the way for Boston, with Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet serving as offensive engines for Toronto. Gordon Hayward (ankle), Javonte Green (knee) and Tremont Waters (knee) will miss the game for the Celtics, with Patrick McCaw (knee) and Oshae Brissett (knee) ruled out for the Raptors.

Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. ET in Orlando. William Hill lists Toronto as a 1.5-point favorite in the Raptors vs. Celtics odds, up half a point from the opener. The over-under for total points expected is set at 218.5. Before making any Celtics vs. Raptors picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times, and it’s already returned over $5,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks this season. It entered the week on a blistering 60-33 run on top-rated NBA spread picks, returning almost $2,400 on those picks alone. It’s also a sizzling 10-2 on top-rated picks since the NBA’s restart in July. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Raptors. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NBA odds from William Hill and trends for Raptors vs. Celtics:

  • Celtics vs. Raptors spread: Raptors -1.5
  • Celtics vs. Raptors over-under: 218.5 points
  • Celtics vs. Raptors money line: Raptors -120, Celtics +100
  • BOS: The Celtics are 7-3 against the spread in the last 10 games
  • TOR: The Raptors are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games

Why the Celtics can cover

The Celtics converted 44 percent of their attempts from beyond the 3-point arc in Game 1, leading to a broader discussion about Boston’s ability to exploit Toronto’s stingy defense. But the most significant gains were made on the defensive end, with the Celtics building on an already stout profile. Boston allowed just 0.9 points per possession against Toronto in Game 1 and, with that result included, the Celtics now have the best defensive rating in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. 

While no team could be expected to maintain that pace moving forward, the Celtics did boast a tremendous defense during the regular season. Boston finished No. 4 in the NBA in points allowed per possession and shooting-efficiency allowed, with a No. 6 mark in turnover creation. The Celtics also have tangible offensive strengths, especially with Tatum and Walker able to create something out of nothing on a regular basis, but Boston’s defensive acumen could be the key to Game 2 and beyond. 

Why the Raptors can cover 

Despite struggles in Game 1, the Raptors can lean on an elite defense. Toronto deploys lineups without any defensive weaknesses and, in an overall sense, the Raptors were electric on the defensive end during the regular season and in the first round of the playoffs. Toronto finished No. 2 in the NBA in defensive rating, shooting-efficiency allowed and turnover creation in the regular season, with Lowry and Marc Gasol operating at an All-Defensive Team level. 

Offensively, the Raptors struggled mightily in the half-court in Game 1, but Toronto was the NBA’s most productive team in transition this season. With more defensive stops, that strength should be magnified against the Celtics, with Boston converting an unsustainable percentage of 3-point attempts in the competition portion of Game 1. Siakam should also be able to get back on track, with the All-Star forward producing only 13 points in Game 1 after averaging 22.9 points per game in the regular season and 20.8 points per game in round one.

How to make Celtics vs. Raptors picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, with Marcus Smart and Siakam projected to fall short of their season-long scoring averages. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only get the pick at SportsLine. 

So who wins Celtics vs. Raptors? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Raptors vs. Celtics spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up over $5,000 on its top-rated NBA picks this season, and find out.

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