Philadelphia 76ers VS Toronto Raptors
The Philadelphia Visit the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference playoffs round 2 game 2 on Monday night at ScotiaBank Arena, Toronto
After a convincing win at home by 13 points in the opening game of the series, we have a rematch of this Eastern Conference semifinal, when the second-seeded Toronto Raptors (58-24), are hosting once again the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers (51-31) in Game 2 of the series. The guests will be looking for a better performance in this game and try to make the break on the road.
Philadelphia 76ers finished the regular season with a 51-31 record (38-44 against the spread) and were placed 3rd in the Eastern Conference. In their last game they saw a four-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Raptors in Game 1 with a 95-108 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 23 ppg, adding a team high 12.4 boards per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 17 ppg, 10 boards and 4.5 dimes per game.
The Sixers are 22-22 on the road. Sixers are better both offensively, scoring 115.4 ppg to Raptors’ 113.9, Sixers are better both in boards grabbed (48.1 to 45.1) and in dimes made (26.9 to 25.4).
Toronto Raptors finished the regular season with a 58-24 record (38-44 against the spread) and were placed 2nd in the Eastern Conference. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won at home against the Sixers in game 1 with a 108-95 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 30.7 ppg, adding 7.3 boards per game. He is followed by Pascal Siakam with 23.7 ppg and a team high 8.2 boards per game.
In their five previous meetings so far season the Raptors lead the Sixers 4-1 wins, having won all three home games. Raptors have a 35-10 home record
Raptors are better defensively, allowing 107.3 ppg to Sixers’ 112.4. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (47.4% to 47.1%) and Raptors have a better 3-point percentage (36.6% to 35.8%).
Raptors are better in turnovers committed (13.2 to 14.5). Raptors are the favorite once again and Vegas odds give them a -6.5 spread as the Sixers don’t seem to pose a threat in Toronto.
0-14 SU and 3-11 ATS in the last 14 road meetings with Toronto
3-12 ATS in the last 15 road matchups with the Atlantic Division
15-3 SU and 14-4 ATS in the last 18 encounters with Philadelphia
31-0 SU and 25-6 ATS in the last 31 home meetings with the Atlantic Division
ATS- Against The Spread
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