Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch

What: Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors

Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Saturday, April 27th at 7:30 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

Series Standing: 0-0

Philadelphia 76ers (Home)

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 faced a similar road to the second round as their current counterparts the Toronto Raptors. After losing Game 1, the Sixers rallied to dominate the Nets in the remaining four games.

While they struggled with injuries and spacing throughout the series, their superior talent led them over Brooklyn. Their mistakes won’t go unpunished against the Toronto Raptors though – likely the East’s best team.

History doesn’t favor the Sixers in this series. They haven’t defeated the Raptors in Toronto since 2012 while Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have struggled against Kawhi Leonard and Marc Gasol respectively. It should be a thrilling match.

Toronto Raptors (Home)

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

Season Record: 58-24

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

The Toronto Raptors won a gritty series against the upcoming Orlando Magic. While they lost Game 1 in what proved to just be a blip on the radar, Toronto won’t get the chance to recover should they slip against Philadelphia.

The Raptors received major contributions from the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam, while Kyle Lowry stepped up to regain his form midway through the series.

They face a Sixers lineup that is just as talented as theirs, but nowhere near as deep off of the bench. If the Raptors can get solid contributions from the likes of Vanvleet, Powell, and Ibaka, they could handle the Sixers faster than expected.

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.

Both teams will want to get off to a good start in this series, as both lost Game 1 in their opening round.

Jimmy Butler is the Key for Philadelphia

Jimmy Butler has received a fair amount of unwarranted criticism for his performances so far in the playoffs. He dropped 36 points and 9 rebounds in a Game 1 loss and then took a backseat to his teammates for the remaining games to secure a win.

Against the Toronto Raptors, Butler can’t afford to be complacent. In a crowded offense, Butler demands touches that should be shared amongst Harris, Embiid, and Simmons. However as the season and post-season wore on, many believed Butler didn’t deserve those touches.

With an All-Star lineup that can match their player for player, Butler cannot be complacent. He must challenge the Raptors on every play in hopes of getting his opposition in foul trouble. His three-point shooting hasn’t met the standard, so he’ll need to take advantage in the minutes he’s given.

Can Marc Gasol Work His Magic Again?

Former defensive player of the year and three-time All-Star Marc Gasol was a massive acquisition for the Toronto Raptors. His presence as a distributor is almost unmatched at the pivot position, while his defense has been integral to their success.

In his first round series against the Magic, he locked down All-Star Nikola Vucevic. The Magic center averaged 20.8 points on 52% shooting during the regular season but was held to 11.2 points on 36% shooting against Gasol in the first round.

The same will be expected of him against Joel Embiid, despite the Cameroonian being more talented than the Montenegrin Vucevic. In five matches against Embiid, Gasol is 3-2 while holding him to 14.0 points and 12.4 rebounds. Their matchup will be crucial going forward.

Philadelphia 76ers Roster Notes

F Mike Scott – 23 Apr 2019 – Day To Day (Heel) – Scott left Tuesday’s (Apr 23) game with a right heel contusion and will not return.

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: JJ Redick (PHI) vs Kyle Lowry (TOR)

All eyes will be on the backcourt when the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers face off. JJ Redick has been solid in his opening round performance but has been victim of the Sixers’ cluttered offense. Kyle Lowry on the other hand is the difference maker that can put Toronto up or the disappointment that could send them falling.

JJ Redick

Shooting Guard | 6-4, 200lb (193cm, 90kg) | Duke | Exp. 12 Years

18.1 PPG | 2.7 APG | 2.4 RPG | 0.4 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 1.3 TOV | .440 FG% | .397 3P%

There’s nothing to JJ Redick’s game that the NBA doesn’t know already. He’s a lethal shooter from any distance and wears down players by expertly navigating screens to acquire open looks.

He was quiet in Game 1 and 4 against the Nets but returned to form in the remaining games to help the Sixers take the series. His shooting has been as strong as ever, shooting almost 43% on almost seven attempts per game.

Redick will likely find himself matched up with Lowry due to the diversity of each team’s respective lineups. He’s not a stout defender, so if he can’t handle Lowry in the half court he may find his minutes limited.

Kyle Lowry

Point Guard | 6-1, 196lb (185cm, 88kg) | Villanova | Exp. 12 Years

14.2 PPG | 8.7 APG | 4.8 RPG | 1.4 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 2.8 TOV | .411 FG% | .347 3P%

Kyle Lowry always seems to get a boost from playing his hometown team. The Philadelphia native has posted impressive numbers when he takes on the Sixers, suggesting a boost in playoff form.

In the regular season, Lowry averaged 16.8 points and 6.8 assists per game against the Sixers. That is on top of a +10.6 +/- over four games and a .557 true shooting percentage from the field.

Lowry found his form after a dreadful Game 1 against the Magic and hasn’t looked back since. He’s still only shooting 32% from range in the playoffs though, so he’ll need to be more of a marksman if they hope to punish the Sixers.

Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

Game 1 of the NBA’s second round should be an absolute shootout. Both sides are eager to get off to a good start after their opening round disappointments, so the winner of this match is likely to take control of the series going forward.

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