76ers vs. Raptors Game 3 Odds & Picks

by | Apr 20, 2022 | nba

Philadelphia 76ers (53-31 SU, 40-43-1 ATS) vs. Toronto Raptors (48-36 SU, 46-37-1 ATS)

When: Wednesday April 20 2022, 08:00 PM (ET)

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario

TV: NBCSP

Point Spread: PHI -2/TOR +2 (Opened PHI -2 at WagerWeb - Offers 20 point NBA teasers!)

Total: 216.5 (Opened at 214.5)

Money Line: Philadelphia -129/Toronto 107

Power Rating: PHI -2

Probable Starting Lineups

Philadelphia 76ers PG James Harden, SG Tyrese Maxey, SF Danny Green, PF Tobias Harris, C Joel Embiid

Toronto Raptors PG Fred VanVleet, SG Gary Trent Q, SF O.G. Anunoby, PF Precious Achiuwa, C Pascal Siakam

Key Injuries

Philadelphia 76ers
Charles Bassey: Shoulder (OUT)
Matisse Thybulle: Personal (OUT)

Toronto Raptors
Scottie Barnes: Ankle (DOUBTFUL)
Gary Trent Jr.: Illness (QUESTIONABLE)

The Toronto Raptors host the Philadelphia 76ers in an Eastern-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 08:00 PM ET at the Scotiabank Arena.

Recent Form

The Philadelphia 76ers come into this game with an overall record of 51-31, placing them 2nd in the Eastern Conference. So far, Philadelphia is above .500 on the road, holding a record of 27-14. Over their last five games, the 76ers have played well, picking up 4 wins. During this stretch, Philadelphia is averaging 122.0 points per game, 12.0 points more than their season average of 110.2. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 110.0 points per contest. Even though Philadelphia has been picking up wins, their opponents have had no trouble scoring the ball, averaging 111.0 points per game, up from the 76ers’ usual rate of 107.3. In the Philadelphia 76ers’ most recent game, Philadelphia took down Toronto by a score of 112-97

The Toronto Raptors come into this game with an overall record of 48-34, placing them 5th in the Eastern Conference. So far, Toronto is above .500 at home, holding a record of 24-17. Over the Raptors’ last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. In this stretch, Toronto’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 108.0 points per game. Combined, the Raptors’ last five opponents are giving up 109.0 points per contest. A key reason for the Raptors’ recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 115.0 points over their last five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 107.4. In the Toronto Raptors’ most recent game, the team fell to Philadelphia by a score of 112-97.

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Individual Player Analysis

As Philadelphia travels to take on the Toronto Raptors, the 76ers’ leading scorer is Joel Embiid. Through 71 games, Embiid is averaging 30 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 52.0% of his games. So far, the Raptors are allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 50.0% of their games, placing them 16th among NBA defenses. On the other side, Pascal Siakam leads the Raptors in scoring, averaging 22 points across his 69 games. Throughout the season, Siakam has outscored his season average in 51.0% of his outings. Given that Philadelphia’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, Pascal Siakam should be in line for a big performance. So far, the 76ers have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 57.14% of their games, giving them a rank of 28th among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

The 76ers come into this game as the more efficient offensive team, averaging 110.6 points per 100 possessions. When playing as the superior offensive unit, Philadelphia is winning at a rate of 68%. These victories are coming by an average margin of 12.0 points. On the other side, the Raptors hold the advantage on the defensive end of the floor. So far, they have played 27 games as the better defensive team, picking up 16 wins (59%).

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors have met up for 6 games. In their last meeting, Philadelphia picked up a 112-97 win.

How the Public is Betting the 76ers vs Raptors

67% are betting the Sixers against the spread.

52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 216.5

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • 76ers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games.
  • 76ers are 5-14-1 ATS in their last 20 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog.
  • Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

The Philadelphia 76ers come into this matchup with a commanding 2-0 lead in their first-round series against Toronto. In each of the first two games, the Sixers have followed their regular season playbook of getting to the free throw at a far superior rate than their opponent. So far, the team has gotten to the line 64 times compared to just 35 for the Raptors. Given that Toronto coach Nick Nurse is known for his ability to make adjustments in the playoffs, I expect to see a new defensive game plan to help even out this discrepancy. With the Raptors sitting as 2-point home underdogs, look for Toronto to pick up the win and cover the spread. In what was expected to be a competitive series, the Raptors have yet to hold up their end of the bargain. I expect a better effort from Toronto in game 3. Question: When you bet on basketball games at your sportsbook, are you risking -110 odds? There’s a 99.9% chance the answer to this is YES. Can you imagine how much money you would have saved over the past few years if you had laid -105 on all those bets? THOUSANDS! Stop overpaying for odds! Start laying only -105 odds TODAY by making the switch to reduced juice basketball betting! (and all other sports too!)