The No. 4 seed Philadelphia 76ers (2-0) head north of the border Wednesday to play the No. 5 seed Toronto Raptors (0-2) at Scotiabank Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET (NBA TV). Below, we look at the 76ers vs. Raptors odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
Philly crushed Toronto in Game 2 Monday 112-97 behind Sixers big Joel Embiid‘s game-highs in points (31 on 56.3% shooting and 12-of-14 from the foul line) and rebounds (11).
The Sixers are outperforming the Raptors in three of the “four factors” for the series and Philly’s FT/FGA rate is more than double Toronto’s. In fact, Embiid and James Harden have attempted more free throws than the Raptors’ entire team.
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76ers at Raptors odds and lines
- Money line (ML): 76ers -130 (bet $130 to win $100) | Raptors +105 (bet $100 to win $105)
- Against the spread: 76ers -1.5 (-120) | Raptors +1.5 (-105)
- Over/Under: 216.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
76ers at Raptors key injuries
- SF Matisse Thybulle (ineligible to play) out
- SF Scottie Barnes (ankle) doubtful
- SG Gary Trent Jr. (illness) probable
76ers at Raptors picks and predictions
Raptors 113, Sixers 109
LEAN RAPTORS (+105) despite them getting stomped in the first two games of this series. So much of Philly’s offense relies on getting to the charity stripe and the Raptors could get some home-cooking from the officials with the series back in Toronto.
The Raptors can live with Embiid destroying them in the paint, but most of the Sixers’ role players shot lights out from behind the arc in Philly. Typically, role players shoot worse on the road and Toronto’s team defense should be at its most tenacious with the season on the brink.
However, I’d prefer to get whatever points I can get with the Raptors since the first two games of this series were lopsided in Philly’s favor.
Also, I’d prefer sprinkling on Toronto’s adjusted series price at (+900) instead of betting the ML since Sixers coach Doc Rivers has been in several playoff series leads in recent seasons.
LEAN RAPTORS (+105).