Game Two between the Raptors and Celtics is set to be an interesting one, with the pressure on the reigning champions to bounce back.
Boston was fantastic in the series opener, flexing their offensive muscle with an 18-point win.
Will the Raptors level things up or can the Celtics take a 2-0 lead? NBA Bet Hub predictions below 👇
Dimers' predictions are based on 10,000 simulations of this particular matchup
🔥 BEST: Raptors ML (-120*)
💪 Spread: Celtics +1.5
☝ Over/under: o217.5 total points
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Raptors to win has a 56% probability
The Raptors breezed through their opening-round matchup with the Nets, but things were always going to get a lot more difficult in the second round. Game One showed us that they need to lift on both ends of the floor if they want to be a legitimate chance of progressing, and it's improvement we know they are capable of.
Our model has identified the Raptors at the Moneyline as the top pick in this game, rating them as a 56 percent chance to win. Look for the reigning champions to bounce back
Celtics +1.5 has a 0.8% edge against the books
Although our data has chosen the Raptors to win as our best bet, the value at the spread is with Boston. They were excellent in the series opener and have a 0.8 percent edge against the books in this market.
Total points o217.5 has a 51% probability
The series opener had only 206 points, however, we're expecting more of a scoring punch in this one. Fred VanVleet is unlikely to go 3/16 from the field again, while Pascal Siakam's number should also lift. Boston managed 112 points in Game One but still have room for improvement, with Jaylen Brown going 6/18.
The over is the clear pick in this market, with our data identifying it as a 51 percent chance.
This is a crucial game in the series, as without any home-court advantage, a 2-0 deficit is massive. We're expecting the Raptors to bounce back in a relatively high-scoring contest. If you're keen to play, you can review the best legal online sportsbooks in your area, here.
*odds are correct at time of publishing