The Toronto Raptors (0-1) visit the Philadelphia 76ers (1-0) Monday for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Tip-off at the Wells Fargo Center is set for 7:30 p.m. ET (TNT). Below, we look at the Raptors vs. 76ers odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
Philly steamrolled Toronto 131-111 in Game 1, winning all “four factors” and outscoring the Raptors in every quarter despite Sixers big Joel Embiid and G James Harden shooting a combined 34.4% from the field.
However, the Sixers shot 51.2% as a team, attempted 11 more free throws, threw 29 assists on 3 turnovers and G Tyrese Maxey erupted for a game-high 38 points on 66.7% shooting (5-of-8 from 3).
The Raptors could be without several rotation players for Game 2, including two starters in F Scottie Barnes and SG Gary Trent Jr.
Raptors at 76ers odds and lines
- Money line (ML): Raptors +280 (bet $100 to win $280) | 76ers -370 (bet $370 to win $100)
- Against the spread: Raptors +7.5 (-112) | 76ers -7.5 (-108)
- Over/Under: 216.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Raptors at 76ers key injuries
- SF Scottie Barnes (ankle) doubtful
- SG Gary Trent Jr. (illness) doubtful
- PF Thaddeus Young (thumb) doubtful
Raptors at 76ers picks and predictions
76ers 114, Raptors 109
Philly overwhelmed Toronto in Game 1 even though Embiid and Harden had subpar games, but the 76ers (-370) are way too expensive for a playoff game.
I “lean” toward Toronto’s spread but, with Barnes and Trent most likely missing Game 2, I cannot sprinkle on the Raptors (+280).