Raptors Look for Response
The Toronto Raptors will hope for a big response from their Game 1 efforts when they take the floor for Game 2 of their series with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.
The Sixers were impressive in defending home court in the series opener and went a long way to banishing the regular-season pattern between these teams.
Maxey Shines on Big Stage
All eyes were going to be on James Harden in his first playoff appearance for the Philadelphia 76ers, but it was his backcourt teammate who stole the headlines in a big way.
Tyrese Maxey erupted for 38 points as he helped Philly take a 1-0 series lead and also helped banish suggestions that the Sixers would be upstaged in the opening round as series favorites.
“He just doesn’t play with anxiety,” said coach Doc Rivers after the game. “There’s not a lot that ruffles him.”
If Maxey can remain a reliable scorer, in this series the offensive power that Philadelphia possesses might be too much for Toronto to overcome.
Raptors Left Hurting
Losing Game 1 of the series is the least of Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse’s worries at the moment.
Toronto saw Scottie Barnes exit the game with a suspected ankle sprain that might keep him out for the remainder of the series. That was compounded with the news that Thaddeus Young and Gary Trent Jr are both officially listed as doubtful for Game 2.
If any coach is able to handle this curveball mid-series, it’s certainly someone as adaptable as Nurse, but the reality is the drop-off in talent from those guys is considerable and one that will ultimately show itself in a playoff environment.
From a game adjustment standpoint, the emphasis for Toronto is simply to do more of what made them such a handful in the regular season. That is crashing the boards, forcing turnovers and playing with a level of intensity that at the very least matches the opposition.
Raptors vs 76ers Head-to-Head
The Philadelphia 76ers secured a 131-111 win in Game 1 of this series.
That was their first against-the-spread (ATS) win against the Raptors this season and the fourth time this season the these teams have gone over the full game total.
Raptors vs 76ers Game Information
- Game: Raptors (48-34) vs 76ers (51-31)
- Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
- Day/Time: Monday, April 18, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Live stream: NBA Game Pass
Raptors vs 76ers Betting Lines
|Team||Run line||Moneyline||Total||Team Total|
|Toronto Raptors||+7½ -110||+260||215½ -110o||104 -115o
|Philadelphia 76ers||-7½ -110||-310||215½ -110u||111½ -115o
Raptors vs 76ers Prediction
The Raptors have always been excellent in responding to losses under Nurse, but it’s the accumulation of injuries that makes this an incredibly difficult matchup to predict.
The Sixers stars were able to get to the line and have the game played at a tempo and pace that suited the 76ers. If Toronto wants to steal a road game before heading back home, the impetus is on them to take control of how the game is played.
The sportsbook adjustments are certainly indicating that the Raptors will likely be without Barnes, Trent Jr and Young, which makes it incredibly difficult to side with the road team.
That said, there also isn’t enough to suggest Philadelphia is able to replicate the success it had in other areas, primarily the offensive output they got from Maxey. Give me the better coach to find a way to make the adjustments necessary to ensure his team is much more competitive in this one.
If you’re looking to bet online in this game, grab the points on the Raptors.