Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA Eastern Conference Playoff game on NBA TV. The Philadelphia 76ers have full control of their series against the Raptors, but with the series now switching to Toronto there could be a twist to it. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
A lot of people were disappointed with the 2 displays from Toronto in Games 1 and 2 in Philadelphia, and for good reason. They didn’t perform anywhere as well as we are accustomed to seeing them, a big reason for that has been injuries/illnesses to Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. who are integral parts of this team.
There’s still no news on Barnes’ availability tonight, but Trent Jr. should be good to go. He had a 30 point game at home vs Philadelphia about 2 weeks ago, his contributions will be key in tonight’s game. Pascal Siakam is another player I am expecting to step up.
He averaged over 30 points per game in 4 regular season games vs the Sixers. Toronto has won 17 of the last 20 home games against the 76ers, so that is one thing that is working in their favour here.
James Harden is averaging only 14 points per game and yet his Sixers are up 2-0 in the series. The Beard has been focused a lot more on distributing over the first 2 games, instead of scoring individually.
That has worked so far, but with the series moving to Toronto, it remains to be seen if Harden’s production will be enough. Tyrese Maxey is averaging 30 points over 2 games, role players tend to play better at home so we’ll see how he handles the rough Toronto crowd tonight.
The Raptors have played Joel Embiid as good as anyone during the regular season, but he still dropped 30 on them in the game played 2 days ago. Sixers will be without their best defender Mattise Thybulle as he is ineligible to play in Canada, which could become an issue against players like Pascal Siakam.
This is a must win game for the Raptors as they simply cannot afford to go down 3-0. When the Sixers lead a series 2-0 they are 13-1 in their storied playoff history. History is on their side tonight, but I’m not sure that’ll be enough against a hungry Raptors side. Let’s back the home team and the extra points here.
Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions & Odds
Game 1 was a fluke when it comes to points scored, the 76ers committed just 3 turnovers in that game which was a historic performance. Things returned back to normal in Game 2 and it ended with just 209 points scored which is more in line with what these 2 teams have been averaging in recent head-to-head meetings. The 2 meetings in Toronto during the regular season ended with 233 and 223 points scored, one of them was less than 2 weeks ago which could be a good indicator of things to come tonight.
Toronto finished the regular season with a 24-17 record on the O/U in home games, while the 76ers have also gone over the total in more games than under on the road. In their last 9 games vs Atlantic Division teams the over has cashed 6 times, while against Toronto the last 4 of 6 meetings have also gone over. Philly’s defence will suffer a lot with the absence of Thybulle, he is their most athletic defender here so don’t be surprised if Pascal Siakam goes off in this game as the Sixers don’t have anyone else to match-up with him. Usually, when the Raptors win at home the total goes over, they are 7-1 SU in their last 8 home games and I’m expecting them to win tonight as well, so let’s back the points here.