Raptors vs 76ers Odds & Picks: Philadelphia Big Favorite To Advance To Round 2

The Philadelphia 76ers (54-32 SU, 41-44-1 ATS) hope a return home to Wells Fargo Center is enough to help them finish off the rival Toronto Raptors (49-37, 47-38-1). The Sixers won the first two games of the series by an average of 22.5 points and are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games vs Toronto.

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Raptors vs 76ers Odds & Analysis

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Toronto managed to fend off elimination in Game 4, but oddsmakers aren’t giving the Raptors much of a chance of extending the series to a sixth game. Philadelphia opened as an 8-point favorite for tonight, an increase from the 4.5 points the Sixers were favored by in Game 1 and the 7-point chalk they were in Game 2.

The UNDER may also be a popular Raptors vs Sixers prediction after cashing in each of the last three games, but oddsmakers have noticed, making the total the lowest that it’s been in the series.

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Toronto Could Be Without Veteran Leader VanVleet With Season On The Line

At the time of writing, point guard Fred VanVleet was listed as questionable for tonight after leaving Game 4 with a hip strain. VanVleet, who has also been dealing with a sore right knee, has hit just 19 of his 54 shots from the field in the series, averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 assists per game.

If VanVleet isn’t able to go, rookie of the year Scottie Barnes could replace him in the starting lineup. Barnes suited up Saturday after missing the previous two games with a sprained ankle suffered in the series opener and had just one field goal in 26 minutes, although he did pull down 11 rebounds.

With VanVleet and Barnes banged up, Toronto’s top offensive option is clearly Pascal Siakam, who scored 34 points in Game 4, with 13 of them coming from the free-throw line.

Gary Trent Jr. has scored 24 points in each of the last two games after dealing with an illness earlier in the series, and former Sixer Thaddeus Young could also play a big factor tonight after tallying 13 points, five rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes on Saturday.

Embiid Playing Through Torn Thumb Ligament But Is Expected To Suit Up Tonight

An MRI on Sunday confirmed what the Sixers suspected: Joel Embiid has a torn ligament in his right thumb. Philly’s MVP candidate played through the injury in Game 4, collecting 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting, and he told reporters he expects to play tonight as the 76ers look to close out the series.

Although James Harden led Philadelphia with 22 points in Game 4, he missed 12 of his 17 shots from the field and is shooting less than 38 percent in the series. Danny Green has also struggled with his shot so far, going 2-for-10 on Saturday to fall to 10-for-36 through the first four games.

Green might not see as many minutes tonight, however, as Matisse Thybulle is able to rejoin the team after missing the two games in Canada because of his vaccination status.

A return home could also be a big boost for Tyrese Maxey, who scored 61 points in the first two games in Philly but managed just 30 in Games 3 and 4 in Toronto.

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Raptors: Keys To Cover

Toronto has done a much better job defending Embiid since the series opener, forcing him into 15 turnovers in the last three games. If Harden and Philadelphia’s supporting cast aren’t able to knock down more shots, taking 8 points with the underdog Raptors looks like an appealing Raptors vs 76ers prediction.

76ers: Keys To Cover

Philly has covered six of its last eight home games against the Raptors, including victories by 20 and 15 points in the first two games of the series. Thybulle’s return to the lineup will also give the Sixers an even bigger depth advantage against a banged-up Toronto squad.

Odds Shark’s Computer Raptors vs 76ers Prediction: 76ers -7.5

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  • The UNDER is 7-1 in Toronto’s last 8 road games.
  • Philadelphia is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games.
  • Philadelphia is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 at home vs Toronto.

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