Raptors Look To Pull Even With Celtics In Saturday NBACast
The Boston Celtics were just 0.5 seconds away from taking would have been an all-but-unsurmountable 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the NBA champion Toronto Raptors. But the Raptors avoided midnight inside the Bubble at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida with a 104-103 victory over the Celtics in Game 3 Thursday. Kyle Lowry channeled his inner Patrick Mahomes and lofted a perfect pass to OG Anunoby, who toasted an out-of-position Jaylen Brown for the game-winning three-pointer as time expired.
Toronto looks to pull even in this series as Game 4 tips Saturday night. The Raptors are slim 1-point favorites in the early line at Resorts. Bettors can fetch the Celtics at -110 at BetMGM, while the Raptors are -104 at DraftKings. Oddsmakers at 888sport have the total at 213. Bettors can get complete up-to-the-minute Celtics-Raptors Game 3 Saturday odds here.
NBA betting fanatics can track the live action, analysis and break-out stats in real time on the Bookies.com-sponsored #NBACast, hosted by NBA experts Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux. The #NBACast offers unique in-game, trends and — as always — both Duncan and Leroux will take your in-game questions. Play begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will also air on TNT as the front-end of a doubleheader. The second game of the evening features the Lakers and Rockets. That game begins at 9 p.m.
Series Reaches Potential Turning Point In Game 4
After the loss, the Celtics realized the opportunity they had squandered in allowing the Raptors to win Game 3. Brown, who has emerged as a team leader on and off the court carrying a maturity that belies his age, took responsibility for Boston’s failure to take a 3-0 series lead. "That was just a (expletive) disgrace at the end of the game," Brown said. "That was just terrible . . . There’s no way we should have lost that game. I take responsibility for that.” The Celtics got 19 points from Brown and 29 from Kemba Walker, who had his best game in the Bubble. While the Celtics presented a solid all-around effort with five players in double-figures in Game 3, the Raptors did them one better literally and figuratively with six players who scored at least 10 points.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 31 points in Game 3, all of which came before his dime lofted over the out-stretched arms of 7-foot-5 Tacko Fall and past every Celtics player on the flood to set up the game-winning shot. Those fireworks struck Disney World after the Celtics had taken a two-point lead when Walker fed a wide-open Daniel Theis for a dunk with a half-second left.
Prop & Futures Bets For Celtics, Raptors
Several NBA futures betting markets still have the Celtics as the slim favorites to win the Eastern Conference. Boston is +225 at SugarHouse, while the Milwaukee Bucks are +240 at William Hill. The Raptors are back to +500 at the same site. The odds in this series remain flat. Boston is -225 to advance to the Conference Finals at DraftKings, while the Raptors are +180. The Celtics are +700 to win the NBA Finals at 888sport, while the Raptors are now +1400 at Caesars to repeat as league champions.
Brown leads all players with a total of 26.5 points in over/under prop action at William Hill. Walker and Lowry each have points totals of 21.5.
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