NBA action will see the Boston Celtics take on the Toronto Raptors tonight. Here we look at the preview and TV Schedule for the game.
The NBA action continues tonight with the Boston Celtics taking on the red-hot Toronto Raptors tonight. The match is bound to have various repercussions in Eastern Conference table. If the defending champions win the clash tonight, they will confirm their number two seed and await a weakened Nets or injury-riddled Magic in the first round.
The Celtics sit 4 games behind the in-form defending champions who currently have the longest win streak in the entire league. The Celtics would want to win all their remaining games and hope that the Raptors lose all their remaining games to overtake them in the standings.
A second place finish would mean a first round playoff series vs Nets, which both these teams would fancy and hence this becomes a very important game for both sides.
The Celtics currently have lead their season’s head-to-head 2-1. Celtics know that the third seed in the east might lead to a challenging first-round clash against the 76ers.
The Celtics will field Kemba Walker tonight after the all-star guard sat out the clash against the Nets. The Raptors will look to stamp their number two spot in the east with an emphatic statement against their potential semi-finals opponents tonight.
Where to watch Celtics vs Raptors on TV and Online?
NBA TV will be streaming the action, however this would be geographically restricted. Also, you’ll need to buy the NBA League pass in order to access NBA TV.
For viewers who want to watch the game on their phones, tablets or consoles; use the NBA mobile app. Fubo.tv will also be live streaming the game.
The game is slated for a 9 PM ET tip-off and will be broadcasted on TNT, TSN, NBC SPORTS BOSTON and 98.5 THE SPORTS HUB.
Team Preview – Boston Celtics
The Celtics have gone 2-2 in the bubble with close losses against the Bucks in a game marred by close officiating calls and Heat who were against all-star Jimmy Butler.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 6, 2020
Tatum and co. however, brushed aside the depleted Nets with a dominating performance in the absence of Kemba Walker. The squad will hope to see their all-star guard play more minutes as his absence tends to expose the brittle bench of the Celtics.
Jayson Tatum has led the team with aplomb this season as the star averages a team high 23.3 points per game along with 7.0 rebounds. Tatum has formed a lethal one-two pairing with Kemba and will hope that the former Hornets’ star can put aside his injury woes to help the franchise to a deep playoff run.
Jaylen Brown has been a revelation for Celtics in the bubble, delivering the goods and emerging as a major threat ahead of the playoffs.
Expected starting line-up: Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Daniel Theis
Team Preview – Toronto Raptors
The high-flying Raptors are unbeaten in the Orlando bubble so far and will hope to continue with their dominance against a potential semi-finals opponents in the Boston Celtics tonight. Nick Nurse has coached the squad brilliantly and has based his offense on good defensive displays this season.
The side looks really well-oiled defensively, and that is how they are breaking down even the best of opponents in the league
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 6, 2020
All-star Pascal Siakam has taken up the mantle from Kawhi Leonard and has been their leading offensive star so far this season.
Kyle Lowry has been instrumental within the squad for his leadership skills and has taken the game to the opposition when required. Lowry won the game for his side single handedly against LeBron James and his Lakers with 33 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists.
Guard Fred VanVleet scored a career-best 36 points in the Raptor’s victory over Miami Heat and followed up with 21 points and 10 assists in the victory over Orlando Magic. The support cast looks raring to go too and will have to bring their A game to the fore, if they wish to beat the Celtics.
Expected starting line-up: Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleed, OG Annuoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
With Toronto Raptors in such red-hot form, the defending champions certainly start as the favorites for this clash and will expected to seal the second seed tonight. However, the Celtics still dominate the head-to-head this season and will look towards the stars to put up a show tonight and clinch a victory tonight.