Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors
|Date & Time||Monday April 29, 2019, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto -6.5 -- Over/Under 220.5
The Philadelphia 76ers will be hoping to level the series against the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 at the Scotiabank Arena on Monday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers will be going back to the drawing board after getting outplayed by the Raptors in a 108-95 loss in Game 1 on Saturday. JJ Redick led the team in scoring with 17 points, Joel Embiid scored 16 points, Tobias Harris racked up 14 points with 15 rebounds and six assists while Ben Simmons chipped in with 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists. As a team, the 76ers shot just 39 percent from the field and 11 of 32 from the 3-point line as they struggled to keep pace with the hot shooting of the Raptors who outscored them in every single quarter after pouring in 39 points in the first quarter. Jimmy Butler scored just 10 points on four of 12 shooting, Embiid shot just five of 18 from the field and Simmons just couldn’t make his usual mark on the game despite making seven of his eight shot attempts.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors will be full of confidence after making light work of the 76ers on Saturday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with one of the best games of his career as he poured in a playoff career-high 45 points on 16 of 23 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds and playing excellent defense against the 76ers’ Simmons, while Pascal Siakam racked up 29 points on an impressive 12 of 15 shooting from the field. No other player finished in double figures, but it didn’t matter as the Raptors shot 51 percent from the field and nine of 27 from the 3-point line while playing great defense from start to finish. The only minor blemish for the Raptors was that they didn’t get much production from their bench, but they were never in danger as they led by as many as 20 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 1-6 ATS in their last seven Conference Semifinals games, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last six home games, 6-2 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings, the 76ers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the 76ers are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto.
You never want to overreact after Game 1 of any playoff series, but it’s hard to feel confident about the 76ers who were thoroughly outplayed on Saturday. Leonard was dominant for the Raptors on both ends of the court and his confidence is only going to grow as he’s still yet to lose against the 76ers in his career. The 76ers have a lot of work to do and they’ll need a better performance from everyone, especially Embiid who just couldn’t buy a bucket at times on Saturday. The 76ers are 0-5 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto and I think that trend continues as the Raptors should be too good once again.