The series shifts back to Canada as the Toronto Raptors continue to pick up steam in the series, winning the last two games. The Philadelphia 76ers still hold a 3-2 edge in the series and are just a single win away from moving to the Conference Semifinals. Tip off for game six is set for 7:00 ET from Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
76ers Just Need a Win to AdvancePhiladelphia dropped game five of the series at home by a final score of 103-88. They were -8.5 favorites in the game while the total went under the 211.5-point mark set by the oddsmakers. Philly shot just 38.3% from the field in the loss and they were 10/37 (27.0%) from beyond the arc. They were outrebounded 40-37 and they turned the ball over 15 times, compared to Toronto’s eight giveaways. As for individual efforts, Joel Embiid led the charge with 20 points and 11 rebounds, both team highs. Tobias Harris followed him in the scoring department with 16 points while James Harden dropped 15 on a 4-11 shooting night.
It seems that Philly has the more talented roster in this series, but they are being outhustled and they’re being lackluster with the basketball. If the Sixers can put together a full game and play to their potential, we’ll see results like games one and two, where they won by a combined 35 points. If the 76ers want to close out the series, I’d say they need more contributions from James Harden. The star guard hasn’t been playing at an elite level, averaging just 18.4 points per game and he has turned it over nine times over the previous two losses. Instead of playing with the Raptors and letting them hang around, the 76ers need to put their foot back on the gas and they’ll have no issue advancing.
Raptors Have Life, Two Wins Away From SemisToronto has life as the series shifts back to Scotiabank Center in Canada. The Raptors shot 51.2% from the field in Monday’s win and they were 8/31 (25.8%) from deep. It was a block party in the winning effort, as Toronto had six blocks in the game with Precious Achiuwa leading the way with three. Pascal Siakam led all scorers in the game with 23 points on a 10-17 night from the field and he also collected 10 rebounds. OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. each added 16 points in the win. Fred VanVleet did not play in game five and is listed as doubtful ahead of game six tonight.
It was a scrappy win for the Raptors in game five, where Toronto was able to limit the Sixers to just 88 points in the contest. They’ll need to keep the same energy heading into game six back home. It seems that they’ve found an answer to limit Joel Embiid, as they’ve held him to 41 combined points over the last two games and forced nine turnovers. If they can continue to keep him under 25 points, that’s their ticket to the next round. The Raptors need to continue playing good team basketball and stifle the Sixers on defense and they’ll be able to get this to a game seven.
- Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last five games on two days’ rest (per covers.com).
- Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as a home underdog (per covers.com).
- 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games as a road favorite (per covers.com).
- 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss (per covers.com).