Last Updated: 2019-05-07
The Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors return North of the Border for tonight’s Game 5 in their Eastern Conference playoff series and the Raptors are favored by 6 and the total has dropped slightly to 211.5.
Oddsmakers did a solid job on this game, as the wagering has been pretty well split on both the side and the total, with no one wager receiving more than 55% of the bets. The Raptors opened as 6-point favorites and the line has held pretty steady, while the total did move down slightly from the opening number of 212.
After cruising to a win in the opener, the Raptors dropped two straight and were able to come away with a five-point victory in Game 4 to bring the series back to Toronto all tied up. Through the first four games, the team that shot the ball better was able to come away with the victory, as neither team was able to take advantage of other areas of their game to overcome that. Game 4 was the first game the team with the most turnovers didn’t enjoy an advantage on the boards, although it was close, as the 76ers had four more rebounds and the Raptors made one additional turnover.
Other than the Sixers in Game 3, neither team has shot well from 3-point range and that is something that should have been a slight advantage for Toronto coming into the series, as Toronto shoots slightly better from long range and the defenses are pretty even when it comes to defending the 3-pointer. The Raptors averaged more 3s per game and also had a bit of a match-up advantage in that aspect, but it hasn’t played out that way so far.
Leonard has easily been the best player in this series and that was expected before it began, but Toronto needs somebody else to jump up and contribute in a big way, as the Sixers should collapse on defense and try to make somebody else beat them. That’s easier said than done, however, but after allowing 38 points per game, Philadelphia is going to have to try and make some sort of adjustment.
Gasol came up with a decent game last time out when the Raptors needed him and Ibaka made his presence known, so Toronto needs a repeat effort tonight.
The Sixers need a bit more from their main guys, as Embiid has been quiet most of the series and Simmons hasn’t really done a whole lot. Butler could use a little more help from his teammates and can’t do it all.
Toronto did what they needed to in Philadelphia to regain home court advantage and don’t see them letting it slip away here. Not a big fan of laying this many points, but have to think the Raptors are the right side.
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