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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors - 5/2/19 NBA - Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers
Date & Time Thursday May 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -1 -- Over/Under: 215
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers meet Thursday in game three of the NBA playoffs second round at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Toronto Raptors hope to regain home court advantage while taking a 2-1 series lead. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 104.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 92.7 points on 39 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 31.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 23.3 points and eight rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.7 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won seven of their last eight road games.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for another victory to take a 2-1 series lead. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 114.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 107.7 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 21.2 points and 11.3 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 17 points and 4.7 assists. Tobias Harris is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is grabbing seven rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 31.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52.1 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won nine of their last 11 home games.

The Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games, 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 Conference Semifinals games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The 76ers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Raptors are 27-12-2 ATS in the last 41 meetings in Philadelphia and 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings. The under is 4-0 in 76ers last 4 overall. The under is 7-1 in Raptors last 8 overall.

This is the one series I didn't have a great feel for from the beginning, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it two games in. The 76ers lost the first game, but they were able to hang around despite shooting under 40 percent from the field and giving up 52 percent shooting to the Raptors. Game two the 76ers again shot under 40 percent from the field, but they held the Raptors to 36.3 percent shooting and allowed just five bench points. Basically, the 76ers have had serious trouble scoring and it's going to take some incredible defense to win another three games. With that said, I'm leaning toward the 76ers at home in this near toss-up, as Philly has a solid home crowd and the extra day of rest is sure to help Embiid, who has been playing through injury. When the 76ers are playing aggressive and attacking at both ends, this is a different team. It's a matter of playing with that edge every night. Give me the 76ers. 

Pick:
Philadelphia 76ers -1

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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