Raptors vs. 76ers Odds, Prediction: Game 3 NBA Playoffs

Frank Doyle | Updated May 01, 2019

Oddsmakers opened Game 3's line with the hometown 76ers set as slim 1-point favourites, but that line has flipped with bettors jumping on the Raptors to bounce back on the road.

Toronto
58-24
AT
May 02, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center
Philadelphia
51-31
Pointspread -2 -115
Moneyline -135
Over / Under o +216.5

86%

Betting Action

14%

Pointspread +2 -105
Moneyline +114
Over / Under u +216.5

86%

Betting Action

14%

As well as the Toronto Raptors had been playing since their second game of the playoffs, you could feel as though a letdown was coming. That’s what we saw Monday night in T.O. as the Dinos fumbled their way through a 94-89 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers as 8-point favourites, squaring their series to a game apiece. After a couple of days off, the Raps are in the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday for Game 3.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Oddsmakers opened Game 3’s line with the hometown 76ers set as slim 1-point favourites, but that didn’t last long. Early action has been all on the Raptors, with more than 80 percent of early bets backing the road side. That has moved Toronto to a 1.5-point favourite a little more than 24 hours before the tip. While Toronto couldn’t win or cover the number in Game 2, the bettors who have been riding the under with this team got paid again. The Raptors, who have doubled-down on defence in the post-season, have played under the posted total in six of their seven playoff games.

Toronto Raptors

Call it what you will – a lack of intensity, killer instinct, attention to detail, or composure – Toronto just wasn’t very good on Monday. Early shots weren’t falling and instead of slowing the game down and trying to create offence at the free throw line, the Raps kept trying to shoot jumpers to get out of the slump. That didn’t work and they didn’t get much help from the officials, which caused more frustration.

Coach Nick Nurse and Danny Green each took technical fouls for arguing with the referees and before you knew it, the 76ers had a 19-point lead in the second quarter. Toronto came on in the third and their big guns weren’t bad (Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points, Pascal Siakam added 21 and Kyle Lowry had 20), but the Raps didn’t get enough from their bench and they couldn’t hit outside shots when they needed them down the stretch to come back. Expect a much more aggressive effort from Toronto at both ends of the floor on Thursday.

Philadelphia 76ers

It’s a very good sign for 76ers bettors when Joel Embiid contributes just 12 points and six rebounds and you can still come away with a road win in the playoffs. Monday’s win was Philadelphia’s first victory in Toronto in 14 tries, dating way back to 2012. Jimmy Butler was the star of the show in Game 2. He scored 30 points and added 11 rebounds, but it was a true team effort from the Sixers as five players scored in double digits while adding at least six rebounds. That battle on the glass key to the win, too. Philadelphia pulled down 52 rebounds compared to only 36 for Toronto.

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