If you end up down 3-Zero in a playoff sequence, you’re supposed to only roll over and settle for the loss, proper? Nicely, the Raptors didn’t get the memo and now they’re in a reasonably great spot to tie up the sequence at dwelling Thursday evening.
Philly positively appeared tight on their homecourt in Recreation 5. Though it ought to have been the spot to get the sequence win with Fred VanVleet lacking the sport for the Raptors. He isn’t anticipated to play the remainder of the sequence.
If Joel Embiid is really elite, this sequence ought to already be over. That’s what the elite gamers due, they exert their will, particularly when they’re the bodily mismatch that he could be. Toronto is proving as soon as once more that they’re nice at defending him, or that he’s overrated. In all probability each. I nonetheless won’t ever perceive why the largest man on the ground winds up on the deck as a lot as he does.
Even with the sport in Toronto, the 76ers are nonetheless small favorites. Once you take a look at the pricing it’s telling just a little little bit of a distinct story.
Philadelphia 76ers (3-2) vs. Toronto Raptors (2-3)
Thursday, April 28, 2022
7:00 p.m. ET
Scotiabank Area, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Unfold: 76ers -1.5 (+105), Raptors +1.5 (-125)
Moneyline: 76ers -112, Raptors -108
For starters, with such a small unfold the winner of the sport is more likely to cowl and also you get a a lot better payoff on the ML.
Trying deeper on the sport, it’s exhausting to see how Philly will get issues sorted on the street after a few video games the place they’ve been pissed off by a Raptors protection that switches every little thing and double-teams Embiid every time he will get the ball.
James Harden has had some flashes, however total he has not been environment friendly sufficient scoring-wise to make a distinction, whereas Embiid forces the motion an excessive amount of and turns the ball over. For the 76ers to win on the street they want environment friendly scoring from the skin from their two stars and extra from rising Tyrese Maxie. Maxie has been sensible in transition however within the halfcourt, you’ll be able to nonetheless management him by staying in entrance of him as a result of he isn’t an awesome exterior shooter.
For Toronto, with VanVleet out, they’re getting increasingly snug with Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes initiating the offense. Each are prepared passers and so they can exploit smaller gamers within the publish once they get that matchup. Toronto has been ruthless by way of looking down matchups with Harden, or George Niang when he’s on the ground, to create mismatches that result in open photographs from the perimeter from the likes of Gary Trent Jr. and OG Anunoby. It’s working too.
Scotiabank Area is without doubt one of the finest dwelling environments within the NBA, so until Philly will get off to a quick begin, it will be tough for them to recover from the hump (they aren’t the staff to claw again right into a sport as a result of they aren’t nice defensively). A quick begin typically comes from scorching taking pictures or new tactical wrinkles from the coach. I’m not anticipating both.
Toronto ought to develop a pleasant working lead and shut the sport out at dwelling. Recreation 7 shall be very attention-grabbing.