Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors - 9/9/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors - 9/9/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors (59-22) at Boston Celtics (55-26)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)

The Line: Boston Celtics -3 -- Over/Under: 210 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors meet Wednesday in game six of NBA playoff action at the HP Field House.  

The Boston Celtics look to make the conference finals for the third time in the last four years with a victory here. The Boston Celtics are averaging 107.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting and allowing 98.7 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 24.4 points and 9.4 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 21.9 points and 5.2 assists. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game. 

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The Toronto Raptors need a victory here to save their season and force a game seven on Friday. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 110.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.9 points on 43 percent shooting. Fred VanVleet is averaging 19.4 points and seven assists while Pascal Siakam is averaging 18 points and 3.7 assists. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 8.2 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game.

The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog, 46-22 ATS in their last 68 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 34-13-4 ATS in their last 51 Wednesday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 overall. The under is 10-1 in Celtics last 11 overall. The Raptors are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Boston and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

I want to see a game seven, so I'll be rooting for the Raptors, but I'm not sure how you don't side with the Celtics here. The Boston Celtics have won six of the last nine meetings against the Raptors, and one of those losses was a last second shot in game three. The Celtics absolutely dominated game five, which included holding the Raptors to just 39 percent shooting from the field. The Celtics have been the better team this series and the Raptors have had issues scoring time and time again. You cant overlook championship experience and the Raptors won't go down quietly, but the Celtics have shown us to have the Raptors number time and time again.

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Randy’s Pick Boston Celtics -3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.