Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers

The Toronto Raptors showed their championship quality in their Game 5 route of the Philadelphia 76ers and look to finish the job on the road on Thursday, May 9th at 8:00 PM EST at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. Broadcast is available on ESPN.

How to Watch

What: Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers

Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

When: Thursday, May 9th at 8:00 PM EST

How (TV): ESPN

Series Standing: 3-2 TOR

Toronto Raptors (Away)

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

The Toronto Raptors looked like the true Kings of the East when they handed the 76ers a 36 point loss in Game 5 in Toronto. The win was the single greatest margin of victory in Toronto Raptors playoff history.

It was a brilliant effort from the Toronto Raptors as a whole, who stepped up to support the broad and successful shoulders of Kawhi Leonard.

A win for the Toronto Raptors would send them to the Eastern Conference Finals. But they must focus on the task at hand, considering their 20+ points drubbing by the Sixers in Philadelphia wasn't so long ago.

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 were disappointing to say the least in their last showing against the Toronto Raptors. They didn't display anything that would suggest they'll be able to take down the Raptors in future matches.

It seems like a lifetime ago that the Sixers were throwing down windmill dunks and miming airplanes in celebration over the Toronto Raptors. An act that Toronto fans certainly didn't forget.

With Joel Embiid's illness being as on and off as Kyle Lowry's shooting, the Sixers need to find consistent production somewhere to compensate for him. They need to take a page from the Raptors, who chipped in equally from every position to pull their stars Siakam and Leonard through.

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.

A win for the Toronto Raptors would bring them to the Eastern Conference Finals.

A win for the Philadelphia 76ers would stave off elimination and force a pivotal Game 7 in Toronto.

Many Hands Makes Light Work

The Toronto Raptors were criticized from Game 1 to 3 for their inability to support star man Kawhi Leonard. While Pascal Siakam was their secondary contributor, nobody else seemed to be able to step up to the plate.

Game 4 and most recently 5 are indicators of their true ability. Stellar half-court defense and a diverse offensive attack. Leonard posted only 21 points, as all but one player who stepped on the court for Toronto was on the scoreboard.

A team effort to this degree is rare, but they will look to duplicate it in Game 6. The Sixers played well in both games at home, but with the illness of Embiid and how ineffective the remaining unit is, the odds are in Toronto's favor.

The Sixers Need To Pick A Plan

We've seen the Sixers go through a number of defensive plans in this series against the Raptors. They've stayed home on shooters, packed the paint, doubled Kawhi on the bounce, and let the other Raptors try their hand at beating them.

Unfortunately for the Sixers, the sheer number of plans has just created indecision in their defense. Kawhi Leonard is still averaging 31.2 points per game, while the remaining Raptors have found their groove shooting the ball.

If the Sixers want a chance to win they have to pick one course of action and stick to it. Kawhi is beating them, but the lack of focus is bleeding over into their offense. Their indecision is hurting their shooting and it needs to stop now if they hope to witness a Game 7.

The Raptors' Defence Is Stifling

Take it for what it is, the Philadelphia 76ers are a team with significant offensive unbalance. While they have talent at every position, their inability to execute outside of isolations is disappointing.

It plays right into the hands of the Raptors though. For a team that averaged over 120 points per game in the first round, the Raptors are keeping the Sixers under 100 points. In fact, the Raptors have the best defense in the playoffs.

The Toronto Raptors can switch at every position and their defense doesn't get compromised when they go to the bench. By pairing Ibaka and Gasol together, Nurse has also mitigated their size issues. If their offense can keep up, the Raptors are bound for the Eastern Conference Finals.

It All Rests on Embiid

Joel Embiid is a star center, there is no doubt about that. But the issue regarding his health and the sheer difficulty of matching up against Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka is a mountain of a task to overcome.

You can't fix his health in a night, and it isn't something that he can fix on his own. But based on his recent play Embiid needs to realize that he has become more liability that benefit. It may have been a freak illness, but when he's on the court he has to perform.

The truth of the matter is that the Sixers need him to be a star to succeed. Jimmy Butler is doing all he can, Tobias Harris has been inefficient, and if you said Ben Simmons didn't touch the court you'd have to believe them based on his lack of impact. Embiid is debatably the best individual player in this series, to win he needs to show it.

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: Danny Green (TOR) vs Tobias Harris (PHI)

Danny Green and Tobias Harris are two impact sharpshooters for their side. Their contributions in Game 6 will be a large factor in determining if the series ends or is pushed to a Game 7.

Danny Green

Shooting Guard | 6-6, 215lb (198cm, 97kg) | North Carolina | Exp. 9 Years

10.3 PPG | 1.6 APG | 4.0 RPG | 0.9 SPG | 0.7 BPG | 0.9 TOV | .465 FG% | .455 3P%

You always know what you're going to get from Danny Green. Excellent defensive effort and organization with a deadeye three-point shot.

In this series though, Danny Green has struggled overall. The Sixers were daring the Raptors to shoot and it just hasn't fallen for Green. That all changed in Game 5, as he went 5-8 from the field with all five makes being three-pointers.

Green will have the task of slowing down Jimmy Butler, who has been the Sixers' most dangerous weapon. If he can do anything to limit the Philly star on top of some added offense, the Raptors can't ask anything more of him.

Tobias Harris

Power Forward | 6-9, 235lb (206cm, 106kg) | Tennessee | Exp. 7 Years

20.0 PPG | 2.8 APG | 7.9 RPG | 0.6 SPG | 0.5 BPG | 1.8 TOV | .487 FG% | .397 3P%

The Sixers' apparent talisman acquisition at the deadline, Tobias Harris means more to the Sixers than his production suggests. He's struggled to find his range and it has hurt the Sixers' chances.

In his last match, he reigned in his shooting, going 6-12 from the field but only 1-3 from deep. More controlled than his 2-13 shooting from three in Game 4, but a bit modest for Harris.

His shot variance speaks to the lack of balance on the Sixers roster, but he needs to find a happy middle ground. Harris is a talented scorer and he is the prime candidate to make up for Simmons' lack of production.

Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers Betting Line

There's no pressure on the Toronto Raptors to close out this game, but they've got all the momentum after their Game 5 performance. The Sixers want to take advantage of their last home court match of the series.

If you reside in New Jersey you can bet on the Raptors vs the 76ers here, with 888Sport or BetStars NJ

Point Spread

Sportsbook TOR Raptors -2.5 PHI 76ers +2.5 Link
888Sport NJ -109 -112
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Total Points

Sportsbook Over 213.5 Under 213.5 Link
888Sport NJ -108 -113
BetStars NJ -110 -110

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Money Line

Sportsbook TOR Raptors PHI 76ers Link
888Sport NJ -137 +115
BetStars NJ -133 +110

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