Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, Tips & Odds – Apr. 29, 2022
Never in the history of the NBA has anyone been knocked out in the playoffs after a 3-0 lead. If the 76ers lose game number 6 in Toronto, they will be one step away from that case.
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Although Fred VanVleet did not play in game number five due to injury, the Toronto Raptors easily defeated the 76ers in Philadelphia, making this series more complicated. After the 76ers won the first three games, there didn’t seem to be any problems for them here, but the Raptors didn’t think so. Their head coach Nick Nurse has shown in the past how well he knows how to adjust through the series and big comebacks are not unknown to him. When they won the NBA title back in 2019, the Raptors were trailing 2-0 against Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals and were close to losing the third game as well. They managed to win game number 3 after overtime and then they won the next three games for a sensational comeback and a 4-2 win in that series.
Raptors have found a way to slow down Joel Embiid and if their plan continues to work, they can earn decisive game number 7. Never in NBA history has the team been eliminated after leading 3-0 in a series and if the Raptors tied this series (3-3) after 0-3, there will be enormous pressure on the 76ers to prevent the biggest comeback in league history.
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— x – Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 26, 2022
Everything looked perfect for the Philadelphia 76ers after the first three games in the series, but things got turbulent after the loss in game number 5. Toronto Raptors managed to complicate Joel Embiid’s life, and he was frustrated after the game by sending a message to James Harden and Doc Rivers. Center from Cameroon said that Harden must take more shots when he is double-teamed, but that it is not his job but Rivers. As already mentioned, it has never happened in league history that someone is eliminated in the playoffs after a 3-0 lead and the 76ers should be highly motivated not to get into a situation to play game number 7 because that would be too much pressure on them.
Rivers is the only coach in history to lose a series three times after a 3-1 lead, which is not information that goes in favor of any 76ers fan. Tyrese Maxey wasn’t on level from the first two games and he could also take a little more responsibility in offense.
back at it Thursday.
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— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 26, 2022
Overall, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers have played against each other nine times this season and H2H is 5-4 for the Raptors. However, in this series, it is 3-2 for the 76ers and that is much more important than results from the regular season.
Fred VanVleet is a game-time decision due to a hip injury, but most likely won’t play for Toronto Raptors.
Matisse Thybulle will not play for the Philadelphia 76ers because he cannot enter Canada due to his vaccination status.
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction
In terms of roster quality, the 76ers are a better team than the Raptors. After two defeats, they need to find a way to answer and close this series with a victory in Toronto, because a possible game number 7 would be a terrible scenario for them.
Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers
James Harden has not been very impressive recently and is still trying to recover from his hamstring injury. Either way, last game he attempted 11 shots, which is not enough. The coach and Joel Embiid have been critical about this and told him that he needs to be more aggressive, and especially take more shots. His points in order from each game: 22,14,19,22,15. So 2 out of 5 times this line has covered, however, if the Sixers are going to advance he HAS to step up, especially with Joel Embiid suffering a thumb injury.
Prediction: James Harden Over 19.5 Points
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