Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA Eastern Conference Playoff game on NBA TV. After avoiding getting swept on Saturday, the Toronto Raptors now need to win Game 5 to stay alive in their 1st Round series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Towards the end of Game 4 in Toronto, Joel Embiid made a sarcastic clap towards the officials after the 76ers fell 110-102 failing to sweep the Raptors. The Philly big man didn’t have the best of games as he finished with just 21 points on a 7-for-16 shooting. On numerous occasions Embiid was seen making grimaces whenever making contact with his injured thumb, that is definitely a worrying sign if you are a 76ers fan. Especially since James Harden had yet another game to forget making just 5 of 17 shots from the field, he is shooting just 37.5% through 4 games.
You’d think playing at home should fix all those issues. Tyrese Maxey had 38 and 23 points in those 2 games at Wells Fargo Center, he is expected to increase his production after scoring just 11 in Game 4. Philly is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games vs the Raptors.
No team has ever come back from 3-0 in the NBA Playoffs, but as Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said “if you win Game 4 it’s only 3-1 and teams have come back from that”. That’s the optimism the Raptors are on heading into tonight’s game. They’ve shown they are capable of beating the 76ers. Pascal Siakam finally woke up with 34 points, while Gary Trent Jr. added 24 as Toronto overcame the absence of Fred VanVleet who left the game earlier with an injury.
Philadelphia’s head coach Doc Rivers has already blown 3-1 leads 3 times in his career, nobody in the history of the NBA has done it that many times. So if there’s one coach you want to be down 3-1 to it’s him. Toronto has just 1 win in their last 5 games vs Atlantic Division opponents, however with a fully healthy rookie of the year Scottie Barnes things might get interesting here.
It should be Philadelphia winning this game, but I have a feeling they might struggle in this one. Embiid has a ligament injury in his thumb, Doc Rivers is known for blowing 3-1 leads and James Harden is having probably the worst postseason of his career. Give me the underdog Raptors to cover here.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors Predictions
The total has gone over in 3 straight games now in this series, with the stakes getting higher each game, defences are getting tighter. I expect that trend to continue in Game 5 as well. The Raptors have gone under in 4 of their last 5 games overall and in 7 of their last 8 on the road.
Facing Eastern Conference teams has resulted in the under cashing in 4 of their last 5, against the Sixers they are averaging just 106.7 points per game in the last 10 meetings. During that stretch Philly is putting up 108.6 points per game, so the two teams are evenly matched. The under has cashed in 4 of the 6 most recent meetings as well. In terms of pace these are only the 25th and 26th ranked teams in the NBA, they are averaging 98.6 and 98.4 possessions per game.
Philadelphia is risking a lot playing Embiid who has a thumb injury, there’s always a possibility of him injuring it even further and he’s scoring almost 30 points per game for them. Nobody wants to see that, but if it happens then we won’t see that many points scored here. I think that’s the safer bet, so let’s go with the under.