Philadelphia 76ers VS Toronto Raptors Saturday 04/27/19
The Philadelphia 76ers Visit the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference playoffs round 2 game 1 on Sunday night in Scotia Bank Arena, Toronto.
the Sixers beat the Brooklyn Nets in five games and face the Toronto Raptors in second round
Scotiabank Arena has been a house of horrors for the Sixers. They’ve lost 13 straight there. Their last win came on Nov. 10, 2012, with Lavoy Allen in the starting lineup. Kawhi Leonard has also never lost to the Sixers in his NBA career, going a perfect 13-0. It’s fair to note that a lot of that damage was done during The Process and that Toronto has yet to see “Sixers 3.0” this season.
In four games against the Raptors this season, Embiid averaged 26.3 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. His performance on the offensive end and Gasol’s ability to slow him down could very well be what swings this series.
Ben Simmons vs. Toronto in 2018-19 (four games): 16.3 points (62.8 FG%), 9.3 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 6.3 turnovers. While the Sixers 23-year-old All-Star put up impressive numbers on efficient shooting splits, he has a clear issue with turning the ball over against Toronto. To open the season, Simmons committed a career-high 11 turnovers as the Raptors defence stifled him throughout the night.
Leonard is arguably the best two-way player in the league and has killed the Sixers this season, averaging 30.3 points a game and tormenting Ben Simmons defensively. Kyle Lowry vs. Philadelphia in 2018-19 (four games): 16.8 points (40.7 FG%, 34.4 FG%), 6.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals
The big thing is the addition of marc Gasol’s because of his passing ability has paid dividends for the Raptors, as evidenced by their increased efficiency on the offensive end. On the defensive end, Gasol has done an excellent job on interior scorers, most recently playing a large role in limiting Magic All-Star centre Nikola Vucevic to 11.2 points (on 36.2 FG%) in the first round.
ATS- Against The Spread
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