NBA Best Bets: September 1
Adam Ronis brings you his best bets for today's NBA slate
Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors, 5:30 p.m. ET
The Celtics were impressive in Game 1 and were in control after leading by 16 points after the first quarter. The rest of the game was fairly even. The difference was shooting. The Celtics shot 47 percent from the field, including 43.6 percent from three-point range, while the Raptors shot 36.9 percent from the field, including 25 percent (10-for-40) from beyond the arc. The Celtics have won five straight games and nine of 10, while the Raptors have lost only two games in the bubble, both to Boston. The Raptors are averaging 103 points against the Celtics this season. The Celtics hit 17 three-pointers in Game 1 and the Raptors, allowed an average of 13.1 three-pointers per game. Expect the Raptors to bounce back, especially on the defensive end.
PICK: Raptors -1.5
PICK: Under 218
Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets, 8:30 p.m. ET
This has been a wild series. The Jazz won the first three of four and the Nuggets have won the last two games. Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell have put on a show. Murray has scored 50, 42, and 50 points the last three games and is averaging 34 points per game. Mitchell has scored 44, 30 and 51 points the last three games. Mitchell is averaging 38.7 points in the series. The Jazz have been shooting at a ridiculous level in this series. Gary Harris returned for the Nuggets in Game 6 and played 21 minutes and his defense will help. Mitchell will need more help for the Jazz to win. If the Jazz focus on Murray, Nikola Jokic can hurt them. I thought Denver was the better team before the series and will stick with that.
PICK: Nuggets -1