Dec 29, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) controls the ball against Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
The 76ers are 4.5-point home favorites over Raptors on Saturday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
The Raptors took three of four from the 76ers in the regular season
A look at the matchups and odds can be found below with a pick
The Toronto Raptors and 76ers begin their Eastern Conference first-round series at 6pm ET Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The #5 seed Raptors (48-34,24-17 road) lost their regular season finale Sunday, 105-94 to the Knicks in New York. The #4 seed 76ers (51-31,24-17 home) won five of their last six games, including beating the visiting Detroit Pistons 118-106 on Sunday.
Raptors vs 76ers Odds
Over 216 (-110)
Under 216 (-110)
Odds as of April 15th at FanDuel.
The 76ers are 4.5-point favorites in a game that will be televised by ESPN. They have a 66.44% expected win probability as -198 picks on the moneyline.
Raptors Betting Outlook
The Raptors have plenty of scoring options as five players averaged at least 15 points a game in the regular season. They are also profitable on the road with a 25-15-1 record against the spread.
Pascal Siakim had a fine season with averages of 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists.
Last night, Pascal Siakam became the first Raptor in franchise history to record 1,500+ PTS, 500+ REB and 300+ AST in a single season! 🌶🙌 pic.twitter.com/n1kkvJkHNO
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) April 9, 2022
Despite batting knee problems for much of the second half of the season, Fred VanVleet scored 20.3 points, dished 6.7 assists and made 1.71 steals a game.
Gary Trent (18.3), OG Anunoby (17.1) and Scottie Barnes are the Raptors’ other top scorers. Barnes also averaged 7.5 rebounds, OG Anunoby grabbed 5.5 boards a game and Trent averaged 1.74 steals.
Chris Boucher scored 21 points in the loss to the Knicks on Sunday. He figures to be more of a factor on defense in this series as he will likely guard 76ers star Joel Embiid, the NBA’s leading scorer this season.
Trent added 17 points for the Raptors, who shot just 39.1% (36-of-92) and 28.6% (12-of-42) from three-point range. Toronto did force the Knicks into 15 turnovers.
GARY TRENT JR. WINS IT FOR THE @RAPTORS, WHO TRAILED BY 24! pic.twitter.com/6zlHJ99jol
— NBA (@NBA) April 9, 2022
The Raptors were 10th in defensive rating in the regular season, allowing 110.5 points per 100 possessions. Their 112.9 offensive rating ranked 14th.
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76ers Betting Outlook
The 76ers are just 17-24 ATS at home. They also lost dropped four games in a row against the number before coving the 6.5-point spread against the Pistons on Sunday.
Embiid averaged 30.6 points a game despite playing 33.8 minutes a game, the fewest minutes averaged in a season by the scoring champion in the shot-clock era. The native of Cameroon became the first international player to win a scoring title and first center since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-00.
Post-practice shooting session for Joel Embiid and James Harden with Game 1 vs. Toronto tomorrow: pic.twitter.com/3MAsQ2I61x
— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) April 15, 2022
Embiid burnished his MVP credentials further with averages of 11.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists.
Acquired from the Brooklyn Nets at the trade deadline, James Harden has given the 76ers a second high-scoring player. He averaged 22.0 points, 10.3 assists and 7.0 rebounds.
Tyrese Maxey added 17.5 points a game. Tobias Harris averaged 17.2 points and 6.8 rebounds.
Maxey had 25 points in the regular season finale as coach Doc Rivers rested Embiid and Harden. Shake Milton (30) and Paul Reed (25), normally reserves, combined for 55 points.
Allen Iverson to Tyrese Maxey: “ain’t nobody stopping that” pic.twitter.com/rJ0WbGMZ3J
— EMVPIID (@MaxeyFloater) April 11, 2022
The 76ers were 12th in both offensive rating (113.5) and defensive rating (107.3).
Raptors vs 76ers Recent History
While the 76ers had the better regular season record, the Raptors took three of four games from Philadelphia, including both contests at the Wells Fargo Center.
Toronto won the last meeting 119-114 on April 7 at home.
Siakim had a triple-double with 37 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the Raptors while Trent finished with 30 points and Precious Achiuwa added 20 points. The 76ers got 30 points and 10 rebounds from Embiid while Maxey added 22 points.
Both teams shot well from distance as the 76ers made 19-of-36 (52.8%) from distance and the Raptors were 15-for-33 (45.5%). Philadelphia turned the ball over 16 times.
Raptors vs 76ers Prediction
The Raptors have showed they can not only beat the 76ers but do so in Philadelphia. That gives confidence in taking the points in Game 1.
The Pick: Raptors +4.5 (-106)