NBA Playoffs Triple Header: Celtics, Raptors Start 2nd Round

  • The Toronto Raptors are favored to take game one against the Boston Celtics with -130 odds.
  • The LA Clippers are heavily favored at -600 to end the series against the Dallas Mavericks
  • The Utah Jazz are -140 to beat the Denver Nuggets.

ORLANDO, Fla. – The NBA playoffs continue Sunday with a three-game slate that sees the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors kick off the second round.

NBA fans also have two Game 6s in the works, as the LA Clippers try and send home the Dallas Mavericks and the Denver Nuggets try and keep their season alive against the Utah Jazz.

Online sportsbooks show heavy action being taken on the Celtics, Clippers, and Jazz to win, as the NBA playoffs persist.

Boston Vs. Toronto

The first matchup of the day sees the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs start with the Celtics and the Raptors. Sports bettors are leaning towards the defending champions to take Game 1 of the series.

Boston Celtics Vs. Toronto Raptors

  • Moneyline: Raptors -130, Celtics +110
  • Spread: Raptors -2.5
  • Total: 217 Points

The Raptors were the number two team in the east during the regular season and has dominated the postseason so far, ending the Brooklyn Nets season in a sweep.

Boston has also been dominant all year, ending their first-round matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers in a sweep as well.

On head-to-head matchups this season, the Celtics won two of the three games that the teams faced off. Unlike Brooklyn, the Celtics have several key players who are capable of getting hot from the field, which will make this matchup far more even than the first round.

LA Vs. Dallas

The LA Clippers have short odds tend the Dallas Mavericks season in Game 5 of the first round.

LA Clippers Vs. Dallas Mavericks

  • Moneyline: LA -600, Dallas +400
  • Spread: Clippers -10.5
  • Total: 238 Points

This series has been a wild roller coaster for both teams. What many sports bettors thought would be an easy sweep going in, turned into a back and forth break out party for Luka Doncic of the Mavs.

What was working in Dallas’ favor was the poor shooting performance of Clippers star wing Paul George. “Playoff P” struggled throughout the first 4 games of the series to the dismay of his teammates and the media.

This all changed in Game 5, however, as George managed to lead the Clippers to a 154-111 win over Dallas while putting up 35 points on 12/18 shooting and 4/8 from beyond the arc.

With George clicking and back in rhythm, as well as the season-ending injury to Kristaps Porzingis, it makes sense for sports bettors to be leaning towards the Clippers ending the series.

Denver Vs. Utah

While the Utah Jazz has are the lower-seeded team, the currently hold a 3-2 lead in the series against Denver and were up 3-1.

History is on Utah’s side as only 11 teams have ever recovered from a 3-1 deficit in the playoffs in NBA history.

Denver Nuggets Vs. Utah Jazz

  • Moneyline: Utah -140, Denver +120
  • Spread: Utah -2.5
  • Totals: 220

In addition, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell has been sensational. The star guard has been putting up legendary numbers and has put his underdog team on his back to lead the series.

To not be outshined, Denver’s Jamal Murray has stepped up to the challenge of facing off against “Spida” and has managed to keep his team in the series with his Game 5 performance.

History could be in the making as Denver tries to force a Game 7. USA online sportsbooks will be hosting betting lines for Sunday’s game as well as the remainder of the postseason.