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(2-2) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors (2-2)
Date: Tuesday May 7
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -6
NBA Betting Total: 211.5
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Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals between the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors tips off at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, May 7,
With the teams all tied in the series with two games apiece, they enter what is the best of three series to determine who will move on to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Having won the last time they played on the Scotiabank Arena court the Philadelphia’s 76ers broke a 14 game winless streak in Toronto. With the series all even they’ll need to win at least one more in Toronto to take the series.
Joel Embiid’s health has played a role in all the games to this point in the series. When he’s feeling well the 76ers perform great and when he’s not it puts added pressure on his teammates to step up.
Sunday he was feeling under the weather and also continues to deal with knee tendinitis. Embiid played just over 35 minutes collecting 11 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in the loss.
Jimmy Butler stepped up and led the 76ers with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds and has been the most consistent 76ers player throughout the series.
All five starters scored in double figures but for the third time in four games, the Raptors held them under 100 points.
Embiid is listed as questionable, but odds are he’ll play in Toronto. Mike Scott returned to the lineup in Game 3 but has yet to be a factor.
The pressure of winning Game 4 was likely even more intense for the Raptors than a typical team given a loss and falling to 1-3 would have increased speculation that Kawhi Leonard would leave in the offseason and subsequently place uncertainty around the franchise’s direction.
Leonard has been the best player on the court for either team averaging 38 points per game. On Sunday he led the way for Toronto scoring 39 points with 5 assists and 14 rebounds.
Through the series, Leonard is averaging 62 percent from the field while shooting 46.4 percent from deep. Leonard leads all postseason players in raw +/- differential with +113.
After sustaining a contused calf in Game 3, Pascal Siakam was listed as doubtful, but the young forward gutted it out but scored just 9 points on 2 of 10. Raptors teammates rallied as Kyle Lowry (14), Marc Gasol (16), Serge Ibaka (12) and Danny Green (11) each contributed double-digit scoring.
Jeremy Lin and Chris Boucher remain out with back spasms. OG Anunoby underwent an emergency appendectomy April 11 and is likely nearing a return but probably won’t be reinserted into the lineup unless the series goes the distance.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head contests.
- Raptors hold a 6-4 record in last 10 head to head meetings.
- The over-under is 3-7 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The Raptors will try to push the pace and get their offensive rhythm back. They are getting open shots but have failed to connect particularly from distance. The Raptors bench remains a major issue although Ibaka’s efforts helped in that regard Sunday.
Aside from Game 3, the Raptors have held the 76ers in check by holding them under 100 points and are the top-ranked defense in the playoffs.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
A few players on each side experienced a minor breakthrough as Tobias Harris and Serge Ibaka played arguably their best games in Game 4.
Nick Nurse opted to go big using Gasol and Ibaka at the same time to offset Philly’s length and may elect to utilize that lineup more.
Expect this game to be the most physical to date but with the Raptors on their home court to take the 3-2 series edge.
NBA Free Game 5 Prediction: Raptors 105 – 99
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