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Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors

This matchup between the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers is turning into an instant classic in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The series is tied 2-2, with a Game 5 set to be played in Toronto on Tuesday night.

Toronto Raptors

Toronto will return home with home court advantage back in their hands. Despite a lack of offensive production from the Raptors, this series is still tied up 2-2. Toronto is only averaging 95 points per game in their last three matches against the 76ers, indicating a dangerous trend for the Raptors. It’s becoming clear that Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is in need of some offensive support. Leonard averaging 38 points per game in this series, but only one other Raptor is putting up more than 12 points per game (P. Siakam – 21.4 ppg). Kyle Lowry will feel the pressure mounting on his shoulders, as he is due a big performance in this series. Lowry has scored just 21 points over his last two games, falling well short of what is needed from the Raptors third scoring option. Look for Lowry to get his shot going at home in Game 5, making this Raptors team a tough side to beat in their own stadium.

Toronto picked up a big win in Philadelphia in Game 4, tying the series at two games apiece. The Raptors will be at home on Tuesday, where they have put up a record of 3-2 in the postseason so far. The Raptors took care of business at home against the 76ers in Game 1, but struggled to produce offensively in Game 2. The Raptors will want to produce the best version of themselves in a home performance in Game 5.

Toronto Raptors NBA Form

DateFixtureQ1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal
2019.05.21 MIL
TOR
31
32
24
33
26
29
21
26
102
120
2019.05.19 MIL
TOR
21
30
30
28
24
19
21
19
16
22
112
118
2019.05.17 TOR
MIL
21
35
18
29
39
31
25
30
103
125
2019.05.15 TOR
MIL
34
23
25
28
24
25
17
32
100
108
2019.05.12 PHI
TOR
13
18
27
26
24
23
26
25
90
92
2019.05.09 TOR
PHI
21
29
22
29
24
29
34
25
101
112
2019.05.07 PHI
TOR
26
27
17
37
27
28
19
33
89
125
2019.05.05 TOR
PHI
24
21
23
24
28
30
26
21
101
96
2019.05.02 TOR
PHI
29
32
24
32
28
25
14
27
95
116
2019.04.29 PHI
TOR
26
17
25
21
18
25
25
26
94
89
2019.04.27 PHI
TOR
31
39
21
22
29
31
14
16
95
108
2019.04.23 ORL
TOR
19
35
28
32
23
32
26
16
96
115
2019.04.21 TOR
ORL
28
26
30
16
24
28
25
15
107
85
2019.04.19 TOR
ORL
26
21
22
24
28
20
22
28
98
93
2019.04.16 ORL
TOR
18
26
21
25
27
39
16
21
82
111
2019.04.13 ORL
TOR
25
30
32
19
18
27
29
25
104
101
2019.04.09 TOR
MIN
26
28
43
19
29
31
22
22
120
100
2019.04.07 MIA
TOR
26
25
31
25
22
28
24
25
6
14
109
117
2019.04.05 TOR
CHA
34
33
31
24
21
33
25
23
111
113
2019.04.03 TOR
BKN
34
22
23
28
33
28
25
27
115
105
2019.04.01 ORL
TOR
36
29
16
33
23
33
34
26
109
121
2019.03.30 TOR
CHI
26
28
41
28
26
19
31
26
124
101
2019.03.28 TOR
NYK
30
18
25
18
32
28
30
28
117
92
2019.03.26 CHI
TOR
18
26
23
30
31
29
31
27
103
112
2019.03.24 CHA
TOR
27
32
31
25
37
26
20
31
115
114
2019.03.22 OKC
TOR
22
29
26
29
35
22
33
29
116
109
2019.03.20 TOR
OKC
39
31
24
24
29
23
18
32
13
4
123
114
2019.03.18 NYK
TOR
29
38
25
35
15
28
23
27
92
128
2019.03.17 TOR
DET
21
25
26
25
37
28
23
32
107
110

Philadelphia 76ers

Joel Embiid has a huge influence on this 76ers team, and Game 4 was confirmation of this fact. Embiid struggled in the game, scoring a playoff-low 11 points on the night. Pregame reports suggested that Embiid was feeling ill, and his play showed that there may be something in the stories. Embiid has had just one day of rest to prepare for Game 5, leading to concerns about his effectiveness for the pivotal game in Toronto. The big man has been instrumental for the 76ers so far, leading the team in points (21.4 ppg) and rebounds (10.8 rpg), but he must improve on his Game 4 performance if the 76ers are going to pull out a big result away from home on Tuesday.

The Philadelphia 76ers will feel as if they missed a big opportunity, as they allowed the Raptors to take back home court advantage by losing at home in Game 4. Game 5 will be played in Toronto, where the 76ers have struggled as of late. Philly has an abysmal record of 1-4 in their last five games in Toronto. The 76ers have been decent in the playoffs away from home, going 3-1 in four away games.

Philadelphia 76ers NBA Form

DateFixtureQ1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal
2019.05.12 PHI
TOR
13
18
27
26
24
23
26
25
90
92
2019.05.09 TOR
PHI
21
29
22
29
24
29
34
25
101
112
2019.05.07 PHI
TOR
26
27
17
37
27
28
19
33
89
125
2019.05.05 TOR
PHI
24
21
23
24
28
30
26
21
101
96
2019.05.02 TOR
PHI
29
32
24
32
28
25
14
27
95
116
2019.04.29 PHI
TOR
26
17
25
21
18
25
25
26
94
89
2019.04.27 PHI
TOR
31
39
21
22
29
31
14
16
95
108
2019.04.23 BKN
PHI
15
32
16
28
33
35
36
27
100
122
2019.04.20 PHI
BKN
24
33
33
30
28
28
27
17
112
2019.04.18 PHI
BKN
32
24
33
35
32
31
34
25
131
115
2019.04.15 BKN
PHI
28
34
36
31
23
51
36
29
123
145
2019.04.13 BKN
PHI
31
22
31
32
31
28
18
20
111
102
2019.04.10 CHI
PHI
20
32
22
30
22
35
45
28
109
125
2019.04.09 PHI
MIA
20
34
22
27
18
30
39
31
99
122
2019.04.06 PHI
CHI
24
20
33
29
29
19
30
28
116
96
2019.04.04 MIL
PHI
30
26
26
32
26
28
46
36
128
122
2019.04.03 PHI
ATL
38
42
30
30
26
26
28
32
122
130
2019.04.01 PHI
DAL
32
27
18
41
27
29
25
25
102
122
2019.03.30 PHI
MIN
38
20
30
35
24
26
26
28
118
109
2019.03.28 BKN
PHI
23
38
35
30
24
30
28
25
110
123
2019.03.25 PHI
ORL
31
31
29
26
17
32
21
30
98
119
2019.03.23 PHI
ATL
41
34
27
40
32
26
27
29
127
129
2019.03.20 BOS
PHI
39
30
30
28
21
27
25
33
115
118
2019.03.19 PHI
CHA
31
30
31
29
23
30
33
25
118
114
2019.03.17 PHI
MIL
31
28
31
25
27
29
41
43
130
125

The Money Line

Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.

Philadelphia 76ers to win @ 3.35 (47/20) with William Hill.
Toronto Raptors to win @ 1.40 (2/5) with Betfair.

Odds taken at 00:00 GMT 06/05/2019

Key Points

  • Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is averaging 32.3 points per game in the postseason on 58% shooting
  • J.J. Redick is shooting three-pointers at 43.5% against the Raptors in this series (14-33)
  • The Raptors have won nine of their last 10 home games against the 76ers

Our Verdict and Best Bets

The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers face of in Game 5 of their best-of-seven series in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Both teams have proven that they can win at the other’s home court, making Tuesday’s game a must-watch matchup. The health of Joel Embiid looks like it will play a big part in the 76ers chances on the road, making a bet on the 76ers a risky one. Toronto has taken care of business in nine of the last 10 home matches against the 76ers, and Embiid’s struggle will likely lead to another home victory for the Raptors. If Toronto can get a third scoring option going, they will put themselves in a great position to take a 3-2 lead in this series.

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