Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27) shoots over Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27) shoots over Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol (33) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. |AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
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Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors, Game 7: Hard to pick a side in this winner-take-all contest, so Greg Frank is taking the points total

The Celtics (-2.5) @ Raptors (204) tips off at 9 pm EDT.

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

Celtics (-2.5) @ Raptors (204)

Pick: Under 204

It took a double overtime sixth game, but an over finally cashed in this series on Wednesday night. With all the marbles on the line tonight as the winner heads to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on Miami, I think we see a game more like the first five than the most recent one. There’s pressure on both teams here. Boston was the team up 2-0 in the series and looked to be cruising right along after a sweep of Philadelphia in the first round. The Raptors are the defending champions. They’ve won games in this series on a buzzer-beater in Game 3 and the aforementioned double overtime Game 6. They’re more battle tested than the Celtics, and rallied from an 0-2 in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals against Milwaukee, so one could argue they should pull through in a winner-take-all game.

I don’t have much of a feel for the side in this one, but I do think the pressure for both teams leads to an ugly game offensively. Remember the two Game 7s we saw in the first round? Houston beat Oklahoma City 104-102 and the under cashed by double digits and Denver survived against Utah 80-78 in a no-sweat under. As far as total points in this Game 7, I think it’s probably somewhere in between the previous two, which makes me like under 204 quite a bit.

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