The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors are preparing for what might be the most comepetitive series in the 2020 NBA playoffs.
These teams are about as even as it gets. Both rosters are full of quality scorers, lockdown defenders and young players who inject athleticism and versatility into the lineup.
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Raptors Game 1, which begins Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live. You can also stream Celtics Pregame Live and Celtics Postgame Live on the MyTeams App.
This matchup also features an excellent coaching showdown. Raptors head coach Nick Nurse just won the NBA Coach of the Year Award after leading Toronto to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference despite losing their best player, Kawhi Leonard, to free agency last summer. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is also one of league's best tacticians, and he's about to take part in his 12th playoff series in seven seasons as the team's coach.
Which franchise has the upper hand entering Thursday night's Game 1?