Last Updated Apr 16, 2022, 6:34 PM
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Predictions, Picks, Odds
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First Round NBA Playoff action will resume on Saturday night with a fascinating Eastern Conference matchup between the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers. Coverage begins from Wells Fargo Center in South Philly at 6:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Sixers 114, Raptors 106
Sixers -4.5 (-110) at BetMGM
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Predictions
After finishing 12th in the East with a record of 27-45 SU last year, Toronto bounced back with a surprisingly strong start to this season, as the Raptors opened with a modest 23-23 SU and 25-21 ATS stretch – despite getting tagged as underdogs in 26 of those contests.
However, Toronto has played excellent since the closing days of January, considering the Raptors closed out the regular season with a red-hot 25-11 SU and 22-14 ATS stretch – while scoring 112.2 OPPG and allowing just 108.3 DPPG during that timeframe.
On the other hand, Philadelphia stumbled out to a surprisingly slow start to the season, as the Sixers kicked things off with a lackluster 16-16 SU and 13-18-1 ATS stretch – while averaging just 105.4 OPPG across that window.
The Sixers have dominated since late December though, considering Philadelphia enters the postseason riding a sturdy 35-15 SU ATS run – while tallying 112.9 OPPG and allowing just 107.8 DPPG across that window.
I’ll back Philly here, as Toronto closed out the season with a solid 9-3 SU and 7-5 ATS stretch, while scoring 111.6 OPPG and allowing just 104.6 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a hard-fought defensive battle against a Sixers squad that’s surrendering 110.6 DPPG during their 16-8 SU stretch since James Harden’s debut.
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- Matchup: Atlantic
- Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022
- Venue: Wells Fargo Center
- Location: Philadelphia, PA
- TV-Time: ESPN - 6:00 p.m. ET
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Toronto Raptors Betting Analysis
- SU: 48-34
- ATS: 47-35
- O/U: 41-41
After last year’s disappointing 12th place showing, Toronto bounced back with a surprisingly decent start to this season, as the Raptors opened with a modest 23-23 SU and 25-21 ATS stretch – while getting tagged as underdogs in 26 of those contests.
The Raptors have looked like a completely different squad since January though, considering Toronto enters the postseason riding a sturdy 25-11 SU and 22-14 ATS stretch – with over half of those SU victories coming away from Scotiabank Arena (13).
Philadelphia 76ers Betting Analysis
- SU: 51-31
- ATS: 37-43-2
- O/U: 38-41-3
After finishing first in the East with a record of 49-23 SU last year, the Sixers posted a surprisingly lackluster start to this season, as Philadelphia went just 16-16 SU across their opening 32-game stretch – while averaging just 105.4 OPPG across that window.
Joel Embiid single-handedly carried the Sixers through the winter months though, considering Philadelphia closed out the regular season with a solid 35-15 SU and 25-24-1 ATS run- propelled by Embiid averaging 32.5 PPG, 11.6 REB, 4.2 AST, and 1.5 BLK during that timeframe.
Fortunately, help has arrived in the form of James Harden, as Philadelphia acquired the ten-time All-Star from Brooklyn at the trade deadline, and he’s making an immediate impact, highlighted by the Beard averaging 21 PPG and 10.5 AST across the Sixers’ latest 16-8 SU stretch.
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Head-to-Head
The Sixers won two of three regular-season matchups against Toronto last year, with all three contests staying under the total at an average of 205.7 PPG. However, Toronto went 3-1 SU against Philly this season, with three of those matchups cruising over the total at an average of 226.7 PPG – while one event stayed well under with a score of 93-88 (U 219).
Key Players to Watch
- TOR: Pascal Siakam - PF (22.8 PPG, 8.5 REB, 5.3 AST)
- TOR: Fred VanVleet - PG (20.3 PPG, 4.4 REB, 6.7 AST)
- PHI: James Harden - PG (22 PPG, 7.7 REB, 10.3 AST)
- PHI: Joel Embiid - C (30.6 PPG, 11.7 REB, 4.2 AST)
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Conclusion
After closing the regular season with back-to-back home wins over the Pacers and Pistons, the Raptors hit the road for Game 1 of their first-round playoff matchup as short underdogs against the Sixers at Wells Fargo Center – marking just the second time Toronto has been an underdog across their last ten games.
I’ll back Philly here, as the Sixers closed out the season with a sturdy 16-8 SU stretch, while tallying 115.8 OPPG and surrendering 110.6 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a relatively low-scoring battle against a Raptors squad that’s allowing just 104.6 DPPG across their current 9-3 SU run.
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Trends
- The Raptors are 12-6 ATS in their last 18 games.
- The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last six matchups against Philadelphia.
- The Sixers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games.
- The total has gone OVER in five of the last six Sixers' games.
- The Sixers are 5-1 SU in their last six games.