Tatum and the Celtics take on Toronto to begin Eastern Conference semifinals

August 29

Boston Celtics (48-24, third in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs. Toronto Raptors (53-19, second in the Eastern Conference during the regular season)

Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT

LINE: Raptors -2.5; over/under is 216

EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Toronto and Boston meet to begin series

BOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Raptors face the Boston Celtics to start the Eastern Conference second round. Boston went 3-1 against Toronto during the regular season.

The Raptors are 9-5 against the rest of their division. Toronto is the best team in the Eastern Conference at limiting opponent scoring, allowing 106.5 points while holding opponents to 42.8% shooting.

The Celtics are 9-6 against opponents in the Atlantic Division. Boston is fifth in the league scoring 15.2 fast break points per game. Jaylen Brown leads the Celtics averaging 4.2.

TOP PERFORMERS: Pascal Siakam is shooting 45.3% and averaging 22.9 points. Norman Powell is averaging 16.4 points over the last 10 games for Toronto.

Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.4 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Celtics. Brown is averaging 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 38.3% over the last 10 games for Boston.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Raptors: Averaging 126.3 points, 51.0 rebounds, 30.5 assists, 7.0 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 49.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.8 points on 39.7% shooting.

Celtics: Averaging 112.3 points, 43.2 rebounds, 19.0 assists, 6.8 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 45.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 100.5 points on 39.6% shooting.

INJURIES: Raptors: Oshae Brissett: out (knee), Patrick McCaw: out (knee), Kyle Lowry: day to day (ankle).

Celtics: Javonte Green: out (knee), Gordon Hayward: out (ankle).

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