Philadelphia 76ers (58-35) Vs. Toronto Raptors (65-28)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, May 12, 2019 (Scotiabank Arena)
Line and Odds: Toronto Raptors (-6.5)
Free NBA Playoff Picks Philadelphia 76ers Vs. Toronto Raptors
With a Conference Finals berth on the line, the 76ers and Raptors will duke it out in Toronto. Both teams have been inconsistent throughout the series, but who will show up tonight?
While Kawhi Leonard has been incredible throughout the series, the rest of the Raptors have struggled to back him up on a consistent basis. Leonard is putting up 33.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists along with 1 steal per game. He’s also shooting a ridiculous 56.8% from the field. He will more than likely be excellent again tonight, but he’ll need his teammates support on both ends to pull out a victory.
Kyle Lowry has not played well thus far and is averaging just 13.7 points, 5 rebounds and 6.0 assists. The main issue is that he’s doing so on horrible efficiency. He’s shooting 41.4% from the floor and 28.1% from deep. Although Lowry provides a lot of support defensively, he’ll need to shoot the ball better for the Raptors to win.
If at least three of Pascal Siakam, Danny Green, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka and Lowry can score at least 15 points in addition to a big night from Kawhi, the Raptors will be poised to move into the Conference Finals.
The main story for the 76ers has been the rather lackluster play of Joel Embiid. He’s averaging 17.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists on just 37.8% shooting. While he’s struggled with his health and in match ups against Marc Gasol thus far, he’ll need a big game tonight. Despite having just 17 in game six, he put up a game high +40 due to his solid play on the defensive end.
Jimmy Butler is expected to have a strong outing as he’s been great all series. The 76ers will also need Tobias Harris and JJ Redick to shoot efficiently, and for Ben Simmons to be elite on both ends of the court. Without a great bench, the starters will need to carry most of the load.
Philadelphia 76ers Trends
Philadelphia are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 8 games.
Philadelphia are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games.
Philadelphia are 7-13 ATS in their last 20 games against Toronto.
Philadelphia are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games against Toronto.
Toronto Raptors Trends
Toronto are 12-6 ATS in their last 18 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Toronto’s last 12 games.
Toronto are 14-5 SU in their last 19 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 7 games against Philadelphia.
Toronto are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games at home.
NBA Scores Toronto Raptors Vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Both teams have been wildly inconsistent thus far, and the only player who has showed up every night is Kawhi Leonard. Given that the Raptors are at home, and have the best player on either side, I’m taking them to win and move onto the Conference Finals tonight.
Pick: Toronto Raptors (-6.5)