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Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics Series Preview

Aug 7, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) works against Toronto Raptors' OG Anunoby (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game at The Arena
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With the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics set to meet in the Second Round of the NBA Playoffs, let’s take a look at a series preview.

After both the Raptors and Celtics swept their first-round opponent, the two teams will be meeting in the playoffs for the first time in NBA history.

Walker vs. Lowry

Oct 25, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) controls the ball while Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) defends during the first half at TD Garden.
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One of the big factors in this Eastern Conference matchup will be about the battle of the point guards. Kemba Walker and Kyle Lowry are elite PG’s in this league, but they both have their strengths.

Both Walker and Lowry rely heavily on the three-ball, both having a 3PT% over 35% on the season. Both point guards are also gritty and undersized, but only one of them has an abundance of playoff experience: Lowry.

Before the Celtics four-game sweep of the Sixers, Kemba Walker had only three career playoff wins under his belt, while his counterpart has a championship.

Due to his experience playing in high-pressure games and his ability to deliver in the clutch, Kyle Lowry will be getting the advantage in the point guard column.

Advantage: Kyle Lowry

Siakam and VanVleet vs. Tatum and Brown

Another major factor in this series is going to be the performance of each club’s dynamic duo. 

Each of the duos played well in their first-round matchup, but this second-round series is likely going to rely heavily on these two duos.

Out of these four players, Siakam performed the worst in the first round, and for that reason, Tatum and Brown will be getting a slight advantage.

Advantage: Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown

Depth

Nov 8, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) is helped off the court by guards Norman Powell (24) and Fred VanVleet (23) in the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center
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After the Raptors’ bench scored 100 points in their series-clinching game against the Brooklyn Nets, it’s clear the team has a very deep roster.

Whether it be Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby, or Terrence Davis, the Toronto Raptors always have one player unexpectedly step up. 

If the Boston Celtics want to compete with Toronto in this series, they will need at least a couple of players other than Tatum, Walker, or Brown to step up and show out.

Advantage: Toronto Raptors

Series Prediction

Although this series should be close, the Raptors playoff and championship experience will prove very valuable. 

Toronto in 6

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