Easter Conference NBA Semifinals Game 5: Raptors Vs. CelticsPublished September 7, 2020 by Sol FH
The best-of-seven series is all tied up at 2-games apiece. Find out who will take the lead, live at 23:30 GMT.
The defending NBA champion, Toronto Raptors were down and looked out to the Boston Celtics after dropping the first two games of their series, 2-0. But, the Raptors fought back to win the next 2-in-a-row, first due to a last-second bucket from British-Nigerian star, OG Anunoby, which left his hands with 0.2 left on the game clock to take the win by one-point, reminiscent of Kawhi Leonard's shot that helped lift the Raptors to an NBA title just one year ago.
Toronto controlled the first and third quarters of Game 4, which was enough to win the game 100-93.
Tonight, Boston and Toronto will be keen on taking Game 5 and going up 3-2 in the Conference Semifinals. The winner of the series will face the winner of the Bucks and the Heat, wherein Miami has a controlling lead of 3-1 after the Bucks won in OT last night.
Toronto coach Nick Nurse has been playing a unique style, relying on his top seven players, while the Celtics are using a nine-man rotation. This has proven to be a great choice as the Raptors' best are seeing more minutes than those of Boston creating mismatches all over the hardcourt.
“You’ve got to play this somewhat situationally and I just think that those guys that we didn’t sub much on Saturday night, they were all playing very, very well,” Nurse commented. “I thought there was an appropriate amount of breaks in the game. There seemed to be a lot of timeouts, there were reviews, there were challenges, there seemed to be some kind of built-in rest time.”
bet365 Sports, one of the leading online sportsbooks in the world has posted its odds ahead of Game 5 and the advantage is with the Celtics at 1.83, while the Raptors roll in just behind at 2.00. Don't forget that the Raptors are on a two-game win-streak and could easily go up 3-2 tonight.
The odds in this article at the bookmaker mentioned above were accurate at the time of writing, Sept. 7 at 7:00 GMT.