Tag: Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry surrounded by the Boston Celtics in Game 6. (Image: Kim Klement/Getty)

Game 7: Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors in Do or Die Situation

Ready for Game 7 between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics? The Raptors faded an elimination with a stunning victory in a 125-122 double-overtime thriller in Game 6 against the Celtics. The defending champion Raptors trailed the Celtics at every point during this series, but they’re one win away from […]

The Boston Celtics swarm Toronto Raptors big man Pascal Siakim. (Image: Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty)

Toronto Raptors Face Extinction Down 3-2, Boston Seeks KO Punch

Heading into Game 6, the defending champion Toronto Raptors seek to even the series against the Boston Celtics and force a Game 7. The Celtics snapped the Raptors two-game mini-streak with a resounding 22-point victory in Game 5. The Celtics won the first two games of this matchup before the […]

Marcus Smart of the Celtics shoots a 3-point against the Toronto Raptors in Game 2. (Image: Kim Klement/Getty)

Toronto Raptors in Trouble? Defending Champs Down 0-2

The Raptors are on verge of extinction. The #3 Boston Celtics took a 2-0 series lead against the #2 Toronto Raptors when the Raptors sharpshooters went cold. The Celtics have now won six postseason games in a row after sweeping their opening-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Both top seeds […]

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives by Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry in Game 1. (Image: Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

NBA Betting Preview: Raptors Down 0-1 After Bad Shooting Night

The defending champions started the Eastern Conference semifinals in poor shooting form, and they quickly fell in a 0-1 hole. The #2 Toronto Raptors had one of those ugly nights when they couldn’t hit the side of a barn, letting the #3 Boston Celtics jump out to a 1-0 lead […]

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet defends Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. (Image: Getty)

NBA East Semifinals: Celtics Rumble with Defending Champ Raptors

The second round of the NBA playoffs officially begins on Sunday with a fierce fracas. The defending champion and #2 ranked Toronto Raptors square off against the #3 Boston Celtics in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Raptors head into Game 1 of the semifinals with starting guard […]

Miami Heat point guard Jimmy Butler drives by Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon in Game 3 of the NBA Playoffs. (Image: USA Today Sports)

Easy East: Toronto, Boston, Miami Advance by First-Round Sweeps

4-0? No problem. In the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs, three teams went 4-0, sweeping their first-round opponents out of the postseason. The #2 Toronto Raptors defeated the #7 Brooklyn Nets 4-0. The #3 Boston Celtics knocked out #6 Philadelphia 76ers in four games. The #5 Miami Heat won their “coin-flip […]

Toronto Raptors PF Pascal Siakam defends Giannis "Greek Freek" Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. (Image: Stacy Revere/Getty)

NBA Eastern Conference Futures: Celtics or Raptors Upset the Bucks?

Bucks or Bust? Oddsmakers at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas updated the futures board for the NBA Eastern Conference champion, and the Milwaukee Bucks are the big favorite at 1/2 odds. The defending champion Toronto Raptors are 8/1 to win the Eastern Conference for the second season in a […]

The Denver Nuggets dynamic duo, Jamal Murray (27) and Nikola Jokic, during a game at Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. (Image: Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

NBA Value Plays: Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors

The Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Clippers are the three consensus co-favorites to win the 2020 NBA championship. The front runners distanced themselves from the “chase pack” that’s seven teams deep. The chase pack offers up tremendous value if you think the front runners will fail to […]

Memphis Grizzlies rookie sensation, Ja Morant, tomahawks a dunk against the Charlotte Hornets. (Image: Karen Pulfer Focht/AP)

NBA Weekend: Toronto Winning Streak, Hot Griz, Saturday Night Zion

The Toronto Raptors won 12 games in a row, which set a new franchise record, but the Indiana Pacers are trying to avenge a 1-point loss from Wednesday evening. Rookie sensation, Ja Morant, and the Memphis Grizzlies are running hot since New Year’s Eve with a 13-4 record in 2020. […]

Fifty years ago, in Super Bowl III, Joe Namath helped crystallize the myth of the underdog in American sports. (Image: New York Post)

The Underdog Illusion: Why Sports Fans Love Betting Longshots

The underdog Toronto Raptors will get two more chances this week to take out the champion Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. In the NHL, the St. Louis Blues get one last opportunity to take home their first Stanley Cup, after 52 years of frustration. But if these feelgood […]