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(3-2) Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers (2-3)
Date: Thursday, May 9th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -2
NBA Betting Total: 213.5
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The Toronto Raptors can eliminate the Philadelphia 76ers on their home court and punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals while the home team will seek to extend the series to seven games.
This series has played out much like a movie plot with both teams winning via ousts tempered by drama filled clutch time matches. Game 5 produced another blow out (125-89) with the 36 point win margin setting a postseason franchise record for the Raptors.
Until Game 5 Kawhi Leonard was shooting a superhuman 61.7%, averaging 38 points and carrying the Raptors offense in the series. Tuesday he only needed 21 points and 13 rebounds although he punctuated the night with two jaw-dropping dunks.
The big news was his teammates rallied in support and for the first time in the series resembled the regular season (and first round) version of themselves.
While the Raptors won Game 1 in decisive fashion the Game 5 win was the squads most complete effort on both sides of the hardwood arguably this postseason.
Despite Pascal Siakam still dealing with a contused calf and sore hamstring, he was back to emulating a greyhound and playing aggressive ball producing a game-high 25 points.
The perimeter shots which abandoned the Raptors in the series returned with ironically every starter except Leonard connecting. Toronto hit 16 of 40 attempts for 40% with Danny Green nailing five.
OG Anunoby (appendectomy) remains out with no reported date of return. Chris Boucher is out with back spasms.
Jimmy Butler has become the glue, the playmaker and the closer on the 76ers squad and when Joel Embiid is healthy they comprise a formidable duo.
The problem is Embiid has only been truly healthy in one of the five games and after demonstratively celebrating that performance got served some humble airplane pie by the Raptors faithful and Drake in Toronto as they rose to glide him to his seat.
Although Tobias Harris performed well, the absence of anyone else offering support to Butler or any semblance of defense left a mountain too steep to climb.
Ben Simmons (5) and Embiid (8) combined for 13 turnovers which was three more than the entire Raptors squad accumulated. The 76ers 19 turnovers produced 31 Toronto points. Moreover, Simmons lack of playing aggressively has many questioning his effort and spotlighting his shooting inabilities.
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 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
All of the Raptors starters (prior to games played on Wednesday) rank in the top 10 of plus/minus in the playoffs.
The Raptors cleaned up their rebounding in the last two games and if the shots keep falling from deep it will be hard for Philly to stop their momentum.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors plus points
As for the 76ers, they’ll have the crowd support but also all the pressure. Toronto felt that same pressure in Game 4 and 5 and has the roster with more playoff experience which should translate into them playing calmer than the 76ers.
Key areas of concern are winning the glass, setting the pace and winning the first quarter since the team who has taken the opening frame has won every game.
Ultimately, Embiids health will factor and whether the 76ers can stop the machine better known as the Klaw. To that end, Leonard seems to be on a mission and it’s doubtful he’ll want to push this series to seven games.
NBA Free Game 4 Prediction: Raptors 109 – 76ers 99
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