Toronto Raptors (48-35) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (52-31)
April 18, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -7; Over/Under: 217.5
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The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers meet Monday in Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center. The Toronto Raptors look to even up the series before going home for game 3. The Philadelphia 76ers have a chance to take a quick 2-0 series lead.
The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 131 points on 51.2 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 24 points and 7 assists, while OG Anunoby is averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds. Fred VanVleet is the third double-digit scorer and Scottie Barnes is grabbing 10 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 82.6 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 50 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game.
The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 131 points on 51.2 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Tyrese Maxey is averaging 38 points and 2 assists, while Tobias Harris is averaging 26 points and 6 assists. James Harden is the third double-digit scorer and Joel Embiid is dishing 4 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc and 85.3 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 40 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game.
The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest. The 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 6-1 in Raptors last 7 road games. The over is 5-0 in 76ers last 5 overall. The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
It’s important not to overreact to one game and while the Philadelphia 76ers are probably the more talented team, the Raptors aren’t nearly as bad as they showed in the series opener. The Toronto Raptors have still covered seven of their last 10 on the road, and they only lose in the underdog role by an average of 2.4 points. The Raptors have also won six of the last 10 meetings against the 76ers. I expect the Raptors to be tighter defensively, considering they were seventh in the league in points per game allowed. Give me the free buckets.