The Toronto Raptors are set to take on the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday evening. With Toronto leading the series 3-2, Philadelphia needs to win to keep their season alive. In what should be a very close game, many sportsbooks have the Raptors listed as -2 point favorites in this contest.
The 76ers finished the regular season with a record of 51-31, including an impressive 31-10 mark on their home floor. The Wells Fargo Center has certainly treated them well. Toronto is no slouch either. They had a regular-season record of 58-24. That included a 26-15 mark away from home. The Raptors won their last playoff series against the Orlando Magic rather handily, winning the series 4-1.
Philadelphia cruised in their last series against the Brooklyn Nets. Losing only Game 1, they rebounded nicely to win the next four contests. This series with Toronto has not been an easy one. Not having won a game since last Thursday, the 76ers need to rebound if they want to have a chance at extending the series.
Sixers Need More From Embiid
Philadelphia has a 51-31 record overall. They are a 17-14 team ATS at home and have a 29-30 record ATS. They have recorded a 21-20 mark when they are the favorite and have recorded 13 straight wins ATS. If they want to win again on Thursday, they are going to have to get more from Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
In Tuesday’s game, Embiid recorded only 13 points in 31 minutes of play. With six rebounds, he did make a minor impact on the boards. However, perhaps his most glaring statistic of the night was his eight turnovers. He definitely needs to clean that up.
Simmons put forth a lackluster performance in Game 5. In 25 minutes of play, he recorded seven points, seven rebounds, and five turnovers. For a player that can be so explosive when he is on top of his game, this was an extremely disappointing showing for a team that otherwise played good basketball.
Leonard Leading Raptors
Toronto is 12-16-1 ATS away from home and carries a 21-26-1 record ATS as the favorite. Those numbers certainly do not look promising, but with the talent they have on their roster, anything can happen.
Kawhi Leonard is going to be the main factor that keeps Toronto in this game. He has been the only thing going for them all season, and that is not a knock on the Raptors. He is just that good. In Game 5, he recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds and shot 43.8% from the field in 36 minutes of play. Pascal Siakam is another player to watch. In 34 minutes of action, he recorded 25 points and eight rebounds. He also shot 90% from the free-throw line.
Toronto Closes It Out
Right now, the Toronto Raptors are a hot team. They are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games. Toronto is even better on the road, recording a 7-3 mark in their last 10 games ATS away from home. They have managed to cover the spread in their last two games, and I see that trend continuing. I would definitely bet the Raptors +2 in this one behind a big game from Leonard.