We are into the second week of the NBA’s restart and have been privy to some pretty awesome hoops. Friday’s NBA slate hopes to provide similar action as we’ve seen thus far in the bubble. Let’s focus on the most important game of the card—the Boston Celtics versus Toronto Raptors.
Toronto Raptors (-134) vs. Boston Celtics
A win here for Toronto would clinch the 2-seed in the East and punctuate an impressive regular-season title defense. Everyone knows that Kawhi Leonard jetted for the Los Angeles Clippers after winning NBA Finals MVP en route to a Raptors title, but few expected the Raptors to still be title contenders.
Head coach Nick Nurse is in the running for Coach of the Year and everyone on the team has stepped up to make up for the loss of Leonard. Toronto’s resilience has been on full display all season. Here’s a look the games missed by key Raptors:
- Siakam: 11 games
- Kyle Lowry: 12 games
- Serge Ibaka: 14 games
- Fred VanVleet: 16 games
- Powell: 20 games
- Marc Gasol: 28 games
But heading into this game against the Celtics, all those players are active.
The Raptors are 1-2 versus the Celtics this year and took a Christmas whooping, 118-102. But, Toronto was without F Pascal Siakam (Toronto’s leading scorer) and SG Norman Powell (Toronto’s fourth-leading scorer).
PG Kemba Walker has been great against the Raptors this season, averaging 24.7 points per game in the three meetings with Toronto. He’s been battling a knee issue this summer and has been resting games or on a minutes restriction this whole restart. Walker not being 100% is a weakness for Boston in this matchup.
Boston is 2-2 in the restart and has beaten the losing teams they’ve faced, but lost both games against the winning teams. Toronto is 4-0 in the restart, covering all four games, and three of those victories are versus above-.500 teams.
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