On Saturday, the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers tip off what should be one of the most intriguing first round series in this year’s NBA Playoffs. The Raptors enter the first game a less than 5-point underdog. But although Toronto is the dog, many analysts believe the Raptors have what it takes to beat the home squad. Will Philadelphia prove the doubters wrong? Or will Toronto show why so many opponents dread facing them in the postseason? Check out NBA Playoffs Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Philadelphia 76ers versus Toronto Raptors.
NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Game 1 – Raptors at Philadelphia
NBA Playoffs Betting Info: Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76rs
- When: Saturday, April 16 at 3:00 pm ET
- Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
- TV/Streaming: ESPN/ESPN+
- ATS Odds: Philadelphia -4 ½
Why bet on Toronto versus Philadelphia?
The Raptors average more rebounds per game than Philadelphia. Toronto averages almost the same amount of points and give up almost the same amount as Philly. The rebounding differential could be the key statistic on Saturday. If Toronto secures more boards, they should at least cover the spread.
Toronto Raptors Offensive Averages
- Points/G: 109.4
- FG %: 44.5
- 3PT %: 34.9
- FT %: 75.9
- Rebounds/G: 45.3
Toronto Raptors Defensive Averages
- Points/G: 107.1
- FG %: 46.2
- 3PT %: 35.4
- FT %: 78.9
- Rebounds/G: 44.0
Why bet on Philadelphia versus Toronto?
The 76ers play Game 1 on their floor, which is a big advantage, but that’s not the only reason to back the Sixers. The longer Joel Embiid and James Harden play together, the better their rapport becomes. Also, nobody on Toronto’s team can hang with Embiid. If Big Joel gets it going, the Raptors will find it difficult to keep this closer than the spread.
Philadelphia 76ers Offensive Averages
- Points/G: 109.9
- FG %: 46.6
- 3PT %: 36.4
- FT %: 82.1
- Rebounds/G: 42.3
Philadelphia 76ers Defensive Averages
- Points/G: 107.3
- FG %: 45.8
- 3PT %: 334.6
- FT %: 76.9
- Rebounds/G: 42
Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors Trends
- Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss
- Toronto is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 games
- Over is 7-2 in the Raptors’ last 9 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600
- 76ers are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games following an ATS win
- Philadelphia is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playing on 3 or more days rest
- Over is 4-0 in the 76ers’ last 4
Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers Betting Analysis
One only need look at the last head-to-head to realize the Raptors have a big shot to not only cover the spread, but to also win this game straight up.
Toronto out rebounded the Sixers 41 to 37, but that’s not the reason to back the Raptors over the 76ers. Toronto’s top players, Paul Siakam, dominated Philly with 37 points, 10 boards, and 12 assists.
Heading into the playoffs, Siakam has recorded a double-double in 6-of-7 games. He missed a double-double versus Miami on April 3 by 2 rebounds. In that game, Paul scored 29.
Siakam is playing like Giannis Antetokounmpo, which makes the Raptors very difficult to deal with. In the last head-to-head, Gary Trent Jr. dropped 30 and Sam Barnes, playing as a guard, had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.
Toronto is humming on all cylinders. They’ll make it two straight moneyline victories versus Big Joel, The Beard, and the rest of the 76ers.
NBA Pick: Toronto Raptors +165