Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors - 4/23/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Toronto Raptors (48-37) vs Philadelphia 76ers (54-31)
Game Info: Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 2:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors +2.5 -- Over/Under: 214.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers will be aiming for the series sweep against the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 on Saturday afternoon.
The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to complete the sweep after outlasting the Raptors in a thrilling 104-101 overtime win in Game 3 on Wednesday. Joel Embiid led the way with 33 points, 13 rebounds and two assists, Tyrese Maxey added 19 points on eight of 18 shooting, James Harden scored 19 points with 10 assists while Tobias Harris chipped in with 11 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the 76ers shot 51 percent from the field and 51 percent from the 3-point line as they struggled to find their offense and quickly trailed by 17 points early, before rallying in overtime to steal the game on a clutch 3-pointer from Embiid with just 0.8 seconds left on the clock.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors needed to respond after dropping the first two games on the road, but they fell painfully short in Game 3 to find themselves on the brink of elimination. OG Anunoby led the team with 26 points, five rebounds and four assists, Gary Trent Jr. added 24 points, Precious Achiuwa provided 20 points off the bench while Fred VanVleet chipped in with 12 points and nine assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 35 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in full control after storming out of the gates to an early 17-point lead, but in a game that could’ve went either way, it was the 76ers who stole the game on a big shot from Embiid in the final second. Pascal Siakam will be hoping for a better performance after scoring just 12 points in 48 minutes of action while VanVleet shot just three of 13 from the field.
Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as an underdog, 26-12 ATS in their last 38 games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Toronto, the 76ers are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall and the 76ers are 5-14 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Toronto.
The 76ers were able to take a commanding 3-0 series lead thanks to a clutch shot from Embiid in Game 3 which puts the Raptors on the brink of elimination. I can see why the line is so short as the Raptors will surely come out firing now that their backs are against the wall, but all the momentum is with the 76ers and I think they just have too much firepower for the Raptors this season.
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