Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors - 4/20/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Toronto Raptors (48-36) vs Philadelphia 76ers (53-31)

Game Info: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors +2 -- Over/Under: 214.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors duke it out in Game 2 at the Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night.

The Philadelphia 76ers are coming into this meeting full of confidence as they are now aiming for a 3-0 series lead after blowing past the Raptors in a 112-97 win in Game 2 on Monday. Joel Embiid led the team with 31 points and 11 rebounds, Tyrese Maxey added 23 points with nine rebounds and eight assists while Tobias Harris chipped in with 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. As a team, the 76ers shot 52 percent from the field and 14 of 30 from the 3-point line as they took control of the contest with a 35-19 second quarter, before going on another run in the third quarter to lead by as many as 29 points. James Harden had a quiet game of 14 points with six assists on three of nine shooting and the bench combined for just 13 points.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors will be hoping for some help from their home crowd after getting blown out for the second straight game. OG Anunoby led the team in scoring with 26 points, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet each scored 20 points while Chris Boucher chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, the Raptors shot just 42 percent from the field and 11 of 32 from the 3-point line as they poured in 33 points in the first quarter to take the early lead, but it didn’t last at all as they managed just 38 points in the second and third quarters combined to allow the 76ers to run away with it in the end. Gary Trent Jr. finished scoreless in 10 minutes of action and is currently listed as questionable for Game 3 with an illness.

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Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Raptors are 26-11 ATS in their last 37 games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.

Head to head, the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Toronto, the 76ers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the 76ers are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Toronto.

It's hard to imagine anything but another big win for the 76ers after what we’ve seen in the first two games, but the Raptors are down and out yet and they can still cause an upset if the 76ers start to look past them which would be understandable. The 76ers are without Matisse Thybulle while the Raptors are keeping an eye on Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. I’m sure we’re going to see a better effort from the Raptors in their first home game, but I can’t go past the 76ers with the line so short.

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Peter’s Pick Philadelphia -2

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