Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers

The Toronto Raptors seem to have lost all momentum and are in for the match of their lives when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, May 5th at 3:30 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Broadcast is available on ABC.

How to Watch

What: Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers

Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

When: Sunday, May 5th at 3:30 PM EST

How (TV): ABC

Series Standing: 2-1 PHI

Toronto Raptors (Away)

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 started of the series with promise. Two games later, many are questioning whether or not they'll win another game. One thing is for sure, if the Raptors can't take Game 4 they'll be hard-pressed to take the series.

The Raptors lost Game 3 in embarrassing fashion. Not unlike how they embarrassed the Sixers in Game 1 on their own home court. Panic mode isn't yet in full effect, but the Raptors are on some negative trends.

With so many injuries and an up-and-down, mostly down, roster performance, the Raptors are reliant on a limited few players. Kawhi has been great, but once again he'll need help to take down the Sixers.

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

After a Game 1 scare, the Sixers have taken control of this series. While their shooting isn't up to snuff at the moment, they are lucky that the Raptors are yet to find their range.

Game 2 was a celebration for Philly fans. Windmills, big blocks, and nonsensical foul calls did their best to rile up the home town supporters. It seemed the players fed off their energy.

They will have to be careful in Game 4. Kyle Lowry has an apparent new focus while Leonard is still as dangerous as ever. They were unstoppable in Game 3, but they can't expect to cruise again versus a team like the Raptors.

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.

The Toronto Raptors can't afford to go down 3-1 and look to even the series before heading back to Toronto.

The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to put a stranglehold on the series after a dominant Game 3 win.

The Enigma, Kyle Lowry

Not many times will you see an All-Star struggle in a playoff game in the way Kyle Lowry has. It is very rare to see the continued downward trend as the series rolls on. Kyle Lowry, needs to recover if he hopes to make an impact for the Raptors.

Lowry knows that Game 4 is a must-win scenario. Unfortunately, rhythm isn't on his side. In Game 2 Lowry was a -28 with 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists on the game. He was 2-10 from the field and 0-4 from three.

The four-time All-Star acknowledged that it is next man up with Pascal Siakam unlikely to play in Game 4. Whether or not that next man can be Lowry is still up for debate.

Brett Brown Deserves Praise

Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown came from the San Antonio Spurs with a glowing recommendation. Hard-nosed and disciplined, Brown has built his young team into something special.

After getting dusted in the first game of the series, he has outcoached Nick Nurse at every opportunity. The Sixers are throwing first and slipping the counter just enough to keep the lead.

His ability to mix the starters with the reserves is what is making the Sixers competitive at every minute. The Raptors enjoy an all-bench lineup. Until that is rectified by the Raptors, Brown deserves a lot of praise for the focus he's instilled.

Injuries Are Limiting Toronto

While the current form of the Toronto Raptors team is worrisome, they have recently been limited in terms of alternative options. Toronto has run a strict eight-man rotation, but would otherwise have the option for more.

OG Anunoby is likely out for the playoffs, Chris Boucher is still rehabbing a back injury, Jeremy Lin missed the last game with a back injury, and now Pascal Siakam is doubtful for the next match.

The Raptors have a stark drop off in quality after their first three off of the bench, which is why Nurse is yet to make a big change. If their injury status remains the same, don't be surprised to see the likes of McCaw of Miller get a chance.

The Sixers Are Not Comfortable

Despite their two recent wins, it would be difficult to say that the Sixers have finally brought it all together. Ben Simmons is still ineffectual on the court while Tobias Harris has been up-and-down with his shooting.

All jokes aside, the Sixers know the Raptors are not a team to be trifled with. They've struggled in their last game, but so did the Sixers in Game 1 in Toronto. Memory in sports is short, but the numbers don't lie.

Where Brown made adjustments to keep some starters on the court at all times, Nurse is yet to counter with a move of his own. Whatever the case, the Sixers aren't taking them lightly. Should they, they will lose home court advantage going back to Toronto.

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.

G Jeremy Lin - 2 May 2019 - Day To Day (Back) - Lin did not play in Thursday's (May 2) game 3.

F Pascal Siakam - 4 May 2019 - Doubtful (Calf) - Siakam is doubtful to appear in Game 4 against the Sixers due to a calf contusion.

X-Factors: Anyone But Kawhi Leonard (TOR) vs James Ennis (PHI)

The Toronto Raptors literally need anyone to support Kawhi Leonard. Pascal Siakam has done an admirable job, but doubt regarding his health brings in some less relied upon factors. On the other end, James Ennis has won the energy battle off the bench in every game.

Toronto Raptors Reserves

All Postions | 6-0 to 6-10 | n/a | Exp. ~4 Years

9.9 PPG | 3.0 APG | 11.2 RPG | 1.6 SPG | 1.4 BPG | 1.5 TOV | .272 FG% | .187 3P%

The Toronto Raptors reserves have been abysmal in this series against the Sixers. While Kawhi Leonard has done all the heavy lifting, the bench has done nothing at all to spell him for his efforts.

The likes of Serge Ibaka and Fred Vanvleet are particularly disappointing. While neither of their shots are going down, but have been incredibly poor defensively against the Sixers.

At some point, Nick Nurse will have to shake up the line up if their ship continues its course. He has intriguing pieces on the bench, but we will see if the rookie coach has the never to make the change.

James Ennis

Small Forward | 6-7, 210lb (201cm, 95kg) | Cal State Long Beach | Exp. 4 Years

6.7 PPG | 0.7 APG | 3.1 RPG | 0.7 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 0.6 TOV | .469 FG% | .353 3P%

James Ennis has always been an exciting role player for whatever team he is a part of. Via an early-season trade, Ennis has found a role in the Sixers' playoff rotation.

Beating out the likes of Jonathan Simmons and TJ McConnell is no easy task. But he has proven his worth in his performances. During this series, he is averaging 11.3 points on 57% shooting.

Ennis' lack of a defined role is excellent for the star-studded Sixers. He'll play the receiver if it comes his way Ennis will convert.

Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers Predictions and Odds

The Toronto Raptors aren't being given a chance in this Game 4 against the Sixers. While Philly can take it to Toronto, the Raptors are still an incredibly talented team whose class could overtake their form at a moments notice.

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