Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors - 4/29/19 NBA Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors
Monday, April 29, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -6.5 -- Over/Under: 220.5
The Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors meet Monday in game two of the NBA playoffs second round at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Philadelphia 76ers could use a win here to tie up the series before heading back home for game three. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 117.8 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 110.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 23 points and 12.4 rebounds while Tobias Harris is averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons is the third double-digit scorer and Jimmy Butler is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have lost six of their last 11 road games.
The Toronto Raptors have a chance to take control of this series with a win and a 2-0 lead. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 106.7 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 92.5 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 30.7 points and 7.3 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 23.7 points and 8.2 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Serge Ibaka is grabbing seven rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won eight of their last 11 home games.
The 76ers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Raptors are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 Conference Semifinals games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The 76ers are 0-5 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-1 in Raptors last 7 overall. The under is 5-2 in 76ers last 7 Monday games.
The Philadelphia 76ers have failed to cover five of their last seven games as an underdog and 11 of their last 14 as an underdog of five or more points. The Toronto Raptors have covered 10 of their last 13 games as a favorite and nine of their last 12 games as a favorite of five or more points. The trends clearly favor the Raptors here, and they pretty much had their way with the 76ers in game one, holding them to just 39.3 percent shooting and 14 turnovers. The 76ers have had trouble finding consistent offense all postseason and look sluggish at times. It's hard seeing the 76ers breakthrough against a Raptors team that's been so unforgiving defensively as of late and plays fundamentally sound basketball. I'm struggling with this number if we're being completely honest and this is the one series of the four that I don't have a strong feeling about, but I'll eat the chalk if game two if forced to pick.