There is nothing better in the sports world than a Game 7. It is better when it takes a thrilling, 125-122, double-overtime victory by the Toronto Raptors over the Boston Celtics to tie the series. The Raptors have trailed 2-0 and 3-2 in this series. They were 0.5 seconds away from being down 0-3, a hole no NBA team has recovered. Instead, OG Anunoby was cold-as-ice as he hit the game-winner at the buzzer.
Celtics and Raptors players appeared to be jawing at each other after Game 6 ended. pic.twitter.com/Ad2xQmkp9a
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 10, 2020
There seems to be some tension rising between these teams as the Tweet above shows. It does not get much more exciting than thiss.
Game 7 – Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics
When: Friday, 9:00 p.m. EDT
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Stream: Drama on TNT
Betting: Make sure to turn this event more memorable by placing your bet on our NBA sportsbook before tip-off. You can follow along with all the excitement during the NBA Playoffs on our NBA Locker Room page.
Six Games — Let’s Play One More!
Check out Game 5 preview that one of my colleagues wrote to get a full recap of the first four games. Let’s take a look at Game’s 5 and 6.
Game 5 – Celtics 111, Raptors 89
Game 6 2OT – Raptors 125, Celtics 122
After Game 5 the Raptors fell behind 3-2. They were once again counted out. They came into the season with the lowest-projected win total (46.5) for a defending champion since 2001, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The Raptors haven’t been given much of a chance and most people thought they were done after their Game 5 defeat. The phrase “never underestimate the heart of a champion” — has become quite the motto for the Raptors fans and players alike.
Game 6 showed what makes the Raptors special. They fight like hell and play great team basketball. With “star player,” Pascal Siakam not playing well in the series, the Raptors are one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Tweet below shows the story of exciting Game 6.
The @Raptors FORCE a GAME 7 as they top the Celtics 125-122 in DOUBLE-OT!
Kyle Lowry: 33 PTS, 6 3PT, 8 REB
Norman Powell: 23 PTS, 3 3PT, 2 STL
Fred VanVleet: 21 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST
OG Anunoby: 13 PTS, 13 REB
Serge Ibaka: 13 PTS, 3 3PT, 3 BLK
Pascal Siakam: 12 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST pic.twitter.com/MuHlSlJz8H
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) September 10, 2020
Head-to-Head, Injuries & Betting Trends
Above are the playoff stats for both the Raptors and Celtics. You can see that these teams are statistically super similar. One stat that jumps out is field-goals attempted per game. Raptors are averaging nearly six more shots per game. The Celtics hold a marginal edge in free throws per game and free throw percentage. If the Celtics can continue to get to the line and limit the Raptors second-chance shots they should succeed in Game 7.
Next, let’s take a look at the injury report.
As you see both teams are missing a few players. The most notable is Gordon Hayward, who has missed the entire series with an ankle sprain. Hayward is out of quarantine and is working with the C’s trainers. He will not be ready for Game 7, but he could possibly play in the next series if the Celtics advance.
Now that we have a nice understanding of the past games and statistics, let’s start looking at betting trends.
Here are the ones that hold the most weight for Game 7:
- HOT: Celtics are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- COLD: Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- HOT: Under is 7-0-1 in Celtics last 8 road games.
- HOT: Over is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 games as a home underdog of 5.0-10.5.
Game 7 Odds
- Team | Point Spread | Moneyline | Total
- Celtics | -2½ -110 | -135 | 203½ -110o
- Raptors | +2½ -110 | +135 | 203½ -110u
Celtics are the favorites to win the game, thus winning the series. The Celtics do have the best player in the series in Jayson Tatum.
BetUS Free Pick
Not so fast! The Celtics have been practically relying on five guys. The Celtics’ Brad Wanamaker played 19 minutes in Game 6, which was the most by more than 10 minutes of any other Celtics bench player. Even though they have a big three that may be better than the Raptors’ top three players, they need more help. Players get worn out as a tough series continues.
In a second-round preview piece I wrote, I picked the Raptors to win this series in seven, and I am standing by it. I thought Siakam, who hasn’t played partially well, would have a better series. It is not too late for Siakam to show up and help his team win this series. I am standing by my original pick because the Raptors’ top seven players are better than the Celtics’ top six. Raptors’ coach Nick Nurse has outcoached his opposing coach Brad Stevens throughout. The Raptors have the heart of a champion, which will help them get to the next round.
- Raptors money line +135 is juicy! — $100 bet will win you $135.
- Under 203½