Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors

It's been a wild series but it will all come to an end in Game 7 when the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, May 12th at 7:00 PM EST at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada. Broadcast is available on TNT.

How to Watch

What: Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors

Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Sunday, May 12th at 7:00 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

Series Standing: 3-3 Tie

Philadelphia 76ers (Away)

Head Coach: Brett Brown {All-Time 178-314 | PHI}

Season Record: 51-31, 3rd in the East

Projected Starting Five: (G) Ben Simmons - (G) JJ Redick - (F) Tobias Harris - (F) Jimmy Butler - (C) Joel Embiid

Top Performers:

  • (C) Joel Embiid - 24.3 MPG | 24.8 PPG | 13.5 RPG | .507 FG%
  • (F) Tobias Harris - 35.2 MPG | 17.6 PPG | 8.8 RPG | .500 3P%
  • (G) Ben Simmons - 33.4 MPG | 17.2 PPG | 6.8 RPG | 7.6 APG

The Philadelphia 76ers survive to play another day. After a fantastic effort in Game 6, they were able to pull off an upset victory over the Toronto Raptors to force a Game 7.

The Sixers were able to put together an impressive team effort in order to outscore the Raptors through three of four quarters. Don't let the final score fool you (112-101), the Toronto Raptors weren't ever too close.

The Sixers will need more of the same, if not even greater if they hope to take down the Raptors on their home court. Ben Simmons finally played a starring role and will have to be the catalyst for the Sixers' attack.

Toronto Raptors (Home)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 58-24 | TOR}

Season Record: 58-24, 2nd in the East

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kyle Lowry - (G) Danny Green - (F) Kawhi Leonard - (F) Pascal Siakam - (C) Marc Gasol

Top Performers:

  • (F) Kawhi Leonard - 26.7 PPG | 7.3 RPG | 1.8 SPG
  • (F) Pascal Siakam - 17.0 PPG | 6.9 RPG | .368 3P%
  • (G) Kyle Lowry - 14.2 PPG | 8.7 APG | 1.4 SPG

Another game, another poor shooting night for the Toronto Raptors. While Game 5 suggested the Raptors would take Game 6 easily, they were unable to get their offense going with any consistency.

The Toronto Raptors' lack of offense only drove the Sixers offense to succeed. It seemed that every stop the Raptors made was rewarded with a miss and a Sixers rebound.

The Toronto Raptors need offense. Even if it means sacrificing their backline. Kawhi Leonard was brilliant again but his only support throughout the game was Pascal Siakam. If the Raptors want to book their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals, they need Lowry, Gasol, and Ibaka to show their true ability.

What's At Stake?

The Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers are two classic Atlantic Division rivals. The lop-sided nature of their recent histories are shown in their all-time record - the Raptors lead the Sixers 54-38.

The Raptors and the Sixers have met once before in the NBA Playoffs. Back in 2001 the Sixers pulled off a nail-biting series win courtesy of a Vince Carter misfire to lead the all-time playoff series 1-0 over the Raptors.

 

This is the final game in this Eastern Conference Semi-Final Series. The winner books themselves a ticket to take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Final, while the loser will begin the offseason.

It's Not All Clear for the Sixers

The Sixers may have dominated the Raptors in their last game. But it isn't all owe to them. While the likes of Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons showed up to take over, some questionable decisions and good fortune did help them to the win.

Truth be told, the Toronto Raptors just missed a lot of good, open shots. The Sixers weren't spectacular defensively, but they dared the Raptors to shoot and they didn't convert. The Sixers also leaned heavily on their starters, which is key at this point in time, but oddly allowed Boban Marjanovic into the game which led their defense to crumble.

Whether the onus be on the players or on Brett Brown, the Sixers' organization needs to be better. The Raptors have shot well at home, so they can't afford to gamble in this Game 7 outing.

Lowry and Gasol Need to Show Up

Game 6 was an average performance for Kyle Lowry and a horrendous one from Marc Gasol. Should the Toronto Raptors hope to take Game 7, these two need to show their class.

Lowry was decent in Game 6, but his scoring wasn't timely to say the least. When the Raptors needed to push he wasn't there. His points were off of available plays, but he failed to make an impact in key moments.

Gasol is one of the most important players for the Raptors. A beast defensively, Gasol needs to take more onus on the offensive end. When he is passive, so are the Raptors as a team. He can unlock a defense with his distribution but can score capably on his own. He is the single most important player for the Raptors going into Game 7.

The Philly Stars Need to Shine

For the first time in the series, Ben Simmons showed up to play. It wasn't a revelation, as we all know he has the skill, but the effort and tenacity were clearly seen. The Sixers worked him into position to score off of Kawhi Leonard and it worked, as the young star took advantage realizing he was outmatched by the Raptors star.

They will also need contributions across the board though. JJ Redick had a poor shooting night, Tobias Harris continued to struggle, and Joel Embiid still seems to be feeling the effects of his illness. Regardless, they pulled out the win.

Imagine the Sixers' result if their stars played up to at least half their ability. Both teams will have an extra days rest going into this crucial Game 7. The Raptors have the home court advantage, but after making the Raptors look mortal at 75% strength, the Sixers could send them packing if they all chip in.

Battle on the Glass

The Toronto Raptors were dismantled in Game 6, almost an entire 180 from their performance in Game 5. Where the Toronto Raptors collected only 34 rebounds on the evening, the Sixers collected a staggering 52.

The difference lies in sheer effort and placement. While the Raptors run a switch-heavy defense, it has taken their bigs out of the paint on three-point shots. Which opened the paint for offensive rebounds from Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

It is a team effort that will see the Raptors through, the same goes for their performance on the boards. Physically, the Raptors can match up. However, the consequence of their defense ends with the ball in their hands, not a missed shot.

Philadelphia 76ers Roster Notes

The Philadelphia 76ers have no roster injuries of note.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

F OG Anunoby - 13 Apr 2019 - Out (Appendix) - Anunoby will not return until the Eastern Conference Finals at the earliest, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

F Chris Boucher - 22 Apr 2019 - Day To Day (Back) - Boucher was ruled OUT for Tuesday's (April 22) Game Five.

X-Factors: Mike Scott (PHI) vs Serge Ibaka (TOR)

The X-Factors for this crucial Game 7 will focus on two stretch big men that come off the bench. Mike Scott is coming off of a productive performance while Serge Ibaka failed to build off of an excellent Game 5. Their contributions are crucial.

Mike Scott

Power Forward| 6-8, 237lb (203cm, 107kg) | Virginia | Exp. 6 Years

5.8 PPG | 0.8 APG | 3.5 RPG | 0.3 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 0.6 TOV | .400 FG% | .401 3P%

Mike Scott was brilliant in his Game 6 performance against the Toronto Raptors. Without his contributions, the Philadelphia 76ers may have been looking at their offseason after Thursday night.

In 20 minutes of play, Scott made an impressive impact. While he's no defensive stopper, Scott was 4-5 from the field and 3-4 from three to the tune of 11 points, 4 rebounds, and a +29 on the evening.

His scoring was a needed boost for the Sixers. Considering Ben Simmons' shooting is so poor he doesn't attempt shots outside of five feet, the range Scott provides is invaluable.

Serge Ibaka

Center | 6-10, 235lb (208cm, 106kg) | Republic of the Congo | Exp. 9 Years

15.0 PPG | 1.3 APG | 8.1 RPG | 0.4 SPG | 1.4 BPG | 1.5 TOV | .529 FG% | .290 3P%

Serge Ibaka failed to be productive for the Toronto Raptors in Game 6, as he was saddled with foul trouble throughout the game. While many of the calls against him were rather questionable, he didn't contribute in a way that would compensate.

In Game 6 Ibaka contributed 9 points, 3 rebounds, and a block before fouling out in 22 minutes of play. He shot 3-10 from the field, many of his misses from open shots he very regularly converts on.

Ibaka is one of the Raptors' most versatile players. Without him in the fold on both ends, the Raptors will struggle when their bench comes into play. His play is integral to Toronto's success.

Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors Predictions, Odds and Betting Line

The Sixers have the momentum going forward, but the Toronto Raptors have been brilliant on their home court. It's "win" or "go home" for both teams and the odds are tighter than ever.

If you reside in New Jersey you can bet on the 76ers vs Raptors Game 7, right here with 888Sport and BetStars NJ. Good luck!

Point Spread

Sportsbook PHI 76ers +6 TOR Raptors -6 Link
888Sport NJ -112 -109
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Total Points

Sportsbook Over 209 Under 209 Link
888Sport NJ -112 -109
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Money Line

Sportsbook PHI 76ers TOR Raptors Link
888Sport NJ +210 -265
BetStars NJ +210 -275

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