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NBA : ATS Matchup
Friday 8/7/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore




BOSTON (45 - 23) vs. TORONTO (49 - 18)
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Friday, 8/7/2020 9:00 PM
The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports - Lake Buena Vista, FL
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BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games45-23+5.538-2635-32113.655.046.1%54.1107.552.744.3%52.8
Road Games22-14+421-1119-17111.953.945.6%54.1107.552.844.1%53.3
Last 5 Games3-2+0.21-15-0121.861.247.7%53.4116.255.447.6%48.2
Division Games8-6-2.77-79-5112.555.144.4%52.4108.152.445.1%57.0
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)113.655.041-8946.1%13-3436.6%19-2380.1%541123228136
vs opponents surrendering111.65641-8946.0%12-3435.8%18-2377.1%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)111.953.941-8945.6%12-3436.1%18-2379.1%541122228145
Stats Against (All Games)107.552.738-8744.3%12-3534.2%19-2476.4%531022217156
vs opponents averaging111.255.941-8945.9%12-3435.7%18-2376.9%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)107.552.838-8744.1%12-3334.7%20-2577.3%531122208146

TORONTO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games49-18+32.937-2834-32112.756.145.8%53.4106.153.242.7%54.7
Road Games26-9+2219-1416-18109.954.545.0%52.6105.253.742.9%55.1
Last 5 Games5-0+64-01-4108.450.444.9%53.899.844.841.0%49.6
Division Games8-4+4.66-66-6109.852.645.8%52.8105.152.742.8%55.1
TORONTO Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)112.756.140-8845.8%14-3737.4%18-2380.3%53925229145
vs opponents surrendering111.455.941-8946.2%12-3435.7%18-2377.2%531024218145
Team Stats (Road Games)109.954.539-8745.0%13-3636.8%18-2380.0%53924229145
Stats Against (All Games)106.153.238-8842.7%13-3933.4%18-2376.8%551126207165
vs opponents averaging11155.841-8945.9%12-3435.7%18-2377.0%531024218145
Stats Against (Road Games)105.253.738-8742.9%12-3832.1%18-2376.4%551126207156
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 95.7,  TORONTO 95.4
BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats

TORONTO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/1/2020*LA LAKERS107-92W-3.5W218.5U35-8441.7%591429-8235.4%5517
COACH: Brad Stevens (seventh season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kemba Walker (25.6 ppg), G Gordon Hayward (11.5), F Jaylen Brown. (13.0), F Jayson Tatum (15.7), C Enes Kanter (13.7)
KEY LOSSES: G Kyrie Irving, F/C Al Horford, F Marcus Morris, G Terry Rozier.
KEY ADDITIONS: Walker, Kanter, G Romeo Langford, F Grant Williams, G Carsen Edwards.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: It starts with Walker, who jumped at the chance in free agency to join a perennial playoff team. Following Kyrie Irving's departure to Brooklyn, it will also give Walker the opportunity to do what Irving couldn't: lead the Celtics to an NBA Finals. He'll need help, though. And that will again put the spotlight on youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Both took small steps backward last season as infighting and chemistry issues plagued the team. Now, both will have key roles, much like they did two seasons ago when Irving missed the playoffs and they helped get the team to the Eastern Conference finals. It's an especially big year for Brown. The Celtics have until Oct. 21 to decide whether to extend his contract for another season or let him become a restricted free agent next summer.
OUTLOOK: The Celtics are going to have to tweak their style of play a little without Irving or Horford. Irving was their chief scorer and Horford played a huge role facilitating offense in the half court as well as on defense. Kanter is a big man that can run, which should fit in nicely with the up-tempo style this athletic roster is built for. Whether this team is ultimately able to be a threat to win the East will depend on how well Walker leads and if the starting unit gets enough support from its youthful group of reserves.
TORONTO: LAST SEASON: 58-24, won NBA Finals.
COACH: Nick Nurse (second season).
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Kyle Lowry (14.2 ppg, 8.7 apg), G Norman Powell (8.6 ppg), F OG Anunoby (7.0 ppg), F Pascal Siakam (16.9 ppg), C Marc Gasol (15.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg).
KEY LOSSES: F Kawhi Leonard, G Danny Green
KEY ADDITIONS: F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F Stanley Johnson, G Matt Thomas
PLAYERS TO WATCH: A runaway winner of the NBA's Most Improved Player Award last season, Siakam doesn't look likely to rest on his laurels. Nurse said he's seen more maturity and calmness in Siakam this fall, something new for a player whose game was previously all about speed and energy. Thomas has never played in the NBA, but the former Iowa State star shot 48.1% (116 for 241) from 3-point range in helping Spain's Valencia Basket capture the 2019 EuroCup title.
OUTLOOK: The defending champions lost their best player when Leonard left for the Clippers, and took another hit when Green signed with the Lakers. While those departures may have dimmed Toronto's hopes of repeating, the Raptors aren't lottery-bound either. Lowry has made five straight All-Star teams, Gasol is a defensive force in the paint, and there's talent on the bench in guard Fred VanVleet and big man Serge Ibaka. Expect the Raptors to earn a top-four seed in a balanced Eastern Conference.

Because of this information, no power rating or computer score edges are posted for this game.

Red-hot Raptors eye East's 2nd seed vs. Celtics

The Toronto Raptors own the longest active winning streak in the NBA and can clinch the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference on Friday night when they oppose the Boston Celtics at The Arena inside the NBA bubble near Orlando.

The Raptors (49-18) will be seeking their eighth consecutive victory, and the triumph would eliminate third-place Boston (45-23) from contention for the No. 2 seed.

Toronto is 3-0 since the season restarted and has held two opponents below 100 points, including the Orlando Magic in Wednesday's 109-99 victory.

"In our locker room, if you don't have the will or the discipline to play defense, it is going to be really hard for you to see the floor, and that gives the coaches a lot of credit, right?" veteran center Marc Gasol told reporters. "They have high standards defensively, and I think that's what separates the good teams from the great teams. I think that's who we are."

The reigning NBA champions are just 1-2 against the Celtics this season, and the matchup against the Boston offense figures to rank as a good test on Friday.

The Celtics are only 2-2 in the restart but averaged 138.5 points in the two wins, including Wednesday's 149-115 drubbing of the Brooklyn Nets.

Boston shot 56.8 percent from the field and connected on 20 of 39 3-point attempts against the Nets while posting its highest point total of the campaign. Seven players scored in double digits, led by shooting guard Jaylen Brown's 21 points.

The splurge happened with four-time All-Star Kemba Walker sitting out to rest his sore left knee. Walker is expected to Toronto.

While the high-octane offensive exploits were impressive against the Nets, Brown said there is plenty for the club to work on.

"Making sure we play the game the right way defensively, being a really, really good team, being a (expletive) to beat going into the playoffs," Brown said. "We figure that out, we'll be alright."

Robert Williams, the 22-year-old big man, had his best NBA showing against the Nets as he scored a career-best 18 points and made all seven of his field-goal attempts while playing 19 minutes.

The first-round choice (27th overall) in 2018 totaled just 13 seconds of action in Boston's first three games of the restart.

"It's really just the will to want to play," Williams told reporters. "I want to bring the right energy. I think a lot of the young guys brought great energy. That is my job."

Star forward Jayson Tatum was needed for only 18 minutes in the one-sided contest against Brooklyn. He scored 19 points.

Meanwhile, Toronto is receiving stellar production from guard Fred VanVleet.

The 26-year-old scored a career-best 36 points in Monday's 107-103 win over the Miami Heat and followed up with 21 points and 10 assists in the victory over Orlando.

But VanVleet, like Gasol, was much more impressed with the defense on Wednesday than his individual play.

Toronto held the Magic to 11 first-quarter points and led 55-35 at halftime en route to the latest triumph.

"I think it just starts from the top down, obviously (coach Nick Nurse) sets the tone, and then it's just a collection of what kind of guys you've got," VanVleet said. "What is your character like? Do you have defensive-minded guys? Do you have guys who are pissed off when they get scored on?

"That's kind of the beginning of it, and then it gets to the point once you've got enough of that, you look bad when you don't play defense. Like you stick out like a sore thumb. ... You can tell when a guy's not on the same page as everybody else, it looks bad, and guys feel that, and you don't want to be that guy ever on the court."

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry will look to rebound from a 2-for-9 shooting effort against Orlando. He is 4 of 17 over the past two games.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 9/18/2020 1:42:40 PM EST

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