Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 26, 2022

The Toronto Raptors are only the 14th team in NBA history to trail 3-0 in a playoff series and force a Game 6, but the availability of All-Star point guard Fred VanVleet for Thursday's do-or-die contest is still a mystery.

Philadelphia
51-31
AT
April 28, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto
48-34
Pointspread -1 +105
Moneyline -102
Over / Under o +209.5

31%

Betting Action

69%

Pointspread +1 -127
Moneyline -118
Over / Under u +209.5

31%

Betting Action

69%

The Toronto Raptors will have at least one more home game this season as they host the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference first round playoff series Thursday. The Sixers are very short favourites on the NBA odds.

76ers vs. Raptors NBA Betting Odds

No team in NBA history has rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to win it like Toronto is attempting to do and only a handful have rallied from down 3-1 to win. Think Sixers fans are getting nervous entering Game 6? Their coach, Doc Rivers, is the only coach in league history to lose three series’ when leading 3-1, doing so once while with the Orlando Magic and twice with the Los Angeles Clippers. If Philly blows this one, don’t be shocked if Rivers is fired.

With the Sixers up 3-2, they are now -714 on the series line (were -10000 entering Game 5) with the Raptors +484 (were +1574). On the series exact score prop: Philadelphia in six is -127, in seven +174 and Toronto in seven +497. A potential Game 7 would be Saturday night back in Philly.

The Sixers are 5-15 against the spread in their past 20 in Toronto.

Philadelphia 76ers

This writer will happily admit he thought the Sixers would win Game 5 back at home, with defensive specialist Matisse Thybulle back in the lineup and no Fred VanVleet for the Raptors. However, the Sixers looked absolutely flat all night and were clearly the inferior team in a 103-88 loss. Joel Embiid is playing through a torn ligament in his right (shooting) thumb, but he was solid enough with 20 points and 11 rebounds. James Harden simply has not been good in this series and was just 4-for-11 for 15 points.

Embiid basically called Harden out afterward telling him to be more aggressive as a scorer.

“I’ve been saying all season since he got here, he needs to be aggressive and he needs to be himself. That’s not really my job, that’s probably on coach to talk to him and tell him to take more shots.”

That Harden-for-Ben Simmons trade with the Nets is looking like a total bust on both sides. Tyrese Maxey was so good in the first two games at home but was held to 12 points on Monday. Thybulle had only two points off the bench, and he will miss Game 6 because he’s not vaccinated for COVID. The Sixers are 1-6 ATS in their past seven on the road.

Toronto Raptors

Will the Raptors have All-Star point guard VanVleet for Game 6? He was ruled out early Monday with a left hip flexor strain and that he was ruled out so early isn’t a good sign, but there is an extra day off before Game 6. We aren’t saying the Dinos are better without FVV, but he has really struggled with his shot and on defence in this series. Coach Nick Nurse started one guard in Game 5 in Gary Trent and four forwards with Khem Birch and Scottie Barnes back in the starting five. Barnes had 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Pascal Siakam was great again with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Precious Achiuwa had 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench. The Raptors used their length to dominate defensively.

Of the 146 teams that have been down 3-0 in an NBA playoff series, Toronto is only the 14th to force a Game 6 and the first since the Bucks did it in 2015. Only three have forced a Game 7. The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their past six as home dogs.

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