Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 21, 2022

The Toronto Raptors will look to avoid a first round sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers when the two teams meet at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

Philadelphia
51-31
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April 23, 2022, 2:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
48-34
Pointspread -2.5 +100
Moneyline -134
Over / Under o +213

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Pointspread +2.5 -121
Moneyline +111
Over / Under u +213

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The Toronto Raptors look to avoid a sweep in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series Saturday, but the visiting Philadelphia 76ers are 3-point favourites to win on the NBA odds in Game 4.

76ers vs. Raptors NBA Betting Odds

History says Toronto’s season is going to end in this round because no team in NBA history has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. A few have managed to force a Game 7 after trailing 3-0 but none won it. About the only chance Toronto has if Sixers superstar Joel Embiid suffers an injury in Game 4.

With the Sixers up 3-0, they are -10000 on the series line (were -1667 entering Game 3) with the Raptors +2131 (were +842). The favoured exact series result is a sweep at -139, followed by Sixers in five at +166. That the Raptors somehow win in seven is +2217.

If Toronto does lose on Saturday, let the speculation of Coach Nick Nurse leaving for the Los Angeles Lakers truly begin.

Philadelphia 76ers

The NBA MVP is a regular-season award … if it included the playoffs, Embiid probably would have won it (he will likely finish second to Denver’s Nikola Jokic) Wednesday with his ridiculous turnaround fadeaway three-pointer with 0.8 seconds left for a 104-101 overtime victory. The Raptors will let Embiid have that shot 100 times out of 100.

“I’m coming for the sweep, too,” Embiid told Dinos super-fan Drake as he passed him on his way off the floor. Embiid had missed a shot from nearly the same location at the end of regulation to win. He finished with 33 points and 13 rebounds and was seen wearing a soft cast on his right wrist, but he’ll be out there Saturday. No other Sixers player had more than 19 points – James Harden fouled out late in regulation — and they got very little from the bench with guard Matisse Thybulle still in the USA because he’s not vaccinated from COVID. It’s the second straight first round that Philly has had a 3-0 series lead. It lost Game 4 in Washington in 2021 but then finished things off in Game 5. The Sixers are 1-4 ATS in their past five road games.

Toronto Raptors

Toronto was once again without stellar rookie Scottie Barnes on Wednesday but there are two days between Game 3 and 4, which means there’s a better chance he can return for likely the home finale. Most playoff games aren’t close and free throws are vital. Toronto was 12-for-18 from the charity stripe in Game 2 and had a few crucial misses. Tied 95-95 with 27 seconds left, Precious Achiuwa missed two and neither team would score again to lead to overtime; Achiuwa probably isn’t in the game at that point if Barnes was healthy.

With Philly leading 101-100 with 26 seconds left in OT, OG Anunoby made his first free throw but missed the second and the Raptors wouldn’t get the ball back (well, they did with 0.8 seconds left but no time to do anything). Anunoby led the team with 26 points and Gary Trent Jr. had 24, but Fred VanVleet’s shooting struggles continued as he was 3-for-13 for 12 points. Pascal Siakam had 12 points as well. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their past seven Saturday games. We think they get this one as it would be natural for the Sixers to have a bit of a letdown.

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