Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors NBA Pick – Game 3

The NBA is set up with another great slate of playoff basketball on April 20. Three games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for pivotal win in Game 3. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.

Philadelphia earned a record of 51-31 during the regular season, which had them lock up the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers opened up this series with two wins at home to take a big lead. Philadelphia will look to carry that momentum onto the road. I expect the 76ers to try and come out quickly in this one.

The Raptors put up a record of 48-34 through the regular season, which had them in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. Toronto was strong to close out the regular season, but struggled early in this series. The Raptors will look to bounce back as the series shifts home. I expect Toronto to come out fast with their home crowd rocking in Game 3.

These two teams were similar throughout the regular season and will look for a big win in Game 3.

The 76ers have opened up this series really strong and will look to take a devastating 3-0 series lead. Toronto will look to avoid falling in a hole by winning their own home games. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Money Line Total
Philadelphia 76ers -2 (-105) -130 Over 216 ½ (-110)
Toronto Raptors +2 (-115) +110 Under 216 ½ (-110)
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Team Data Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors
Playoff Record 2-0 0-2
Away/ Home Playoff Record 0-0 0-0
Playoff PPG 121.5 104.0
Playoff PPG Away/ Home
Playoff PAPG 104.0 121.5
Playoff PAPG Away/ Home

Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors Betting Trends

Philadelphia 76ers

  • 39-44 ATS this season
  • 26-30 ATS as a favorite
  • 20-20 ATS in road games
  • 4-4 ATS in April
  • 8-10 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 10-7 ATS after a divisional game
  • 2-0 ATS in Playoffs
  • 11-11 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
  • 14-15 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 21-23 ATS against team with a winning record

Toronto Raptors

  • 45-38 ATS this season
  • 20-18 ATS as an underdog
  • 20-20 ATS in home games
  • 3-5 ATS in April
  • 10-8 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 7-10 ATS after a divisional game
  • 0-2 ATS in Playoffs
  • 9-6 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 13-9 ATS after scoring 100 points or less
  • 29-17 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams have met up twice in this series. Tyrese Maxey put up 38 points in the first matchup, while Tobias Harris added 26 points. The 76ers were able to earn a 131-111 win at home. Joel Embiid took over in the second meeting, scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Maxey dropped 23 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists as Philadelphia won 112-97.

Field Goal Shooting

The 76ers have been strong shooting the ball in the first two games of this series. Philadelphia has made 51.6 percent of their shots from the field, which is 5th in the postseason. The 76ers have shot 48.4 percent from deep, which is 1st in the NBA. Philadelphia has also sunk 85.9 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 4th in the league.

Toronto has been middle of the pack shooting the ball in the playoffs. The Raptors have been shooting 45.6 percent from the field, which is 8th in the NBA. Toronto has made 37.1 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 8th in the postseason. The Raptors have drained 82.9 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 7th in the league.

These two teams have been solid shooting the ball in the playoffs, but Philadelphia has been better. The 76ers have been better on defense as well, but Toronto’s defense was solid in the regular season as well. The Raptors will look for their defense to step up early in this one. I expect both teams to try and come out fast on defense on Wednesday.

Top Performers

Tyrese Maxey has been great for the 76ers throughout the playoffs. Maxey has averaged 30.5 points per game in the postseason. Joel Embiid is averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds per game. Tobias Harris has averaged 23 points and 8 rebounds. James Harden rounds out the lineup, averaging 18 points and 10 assists per game.

OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam have been the leaders for Toronto in the postseason. Anunoby is averaging 23 points, while Siakam has averaged 22 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6 assists per game. Fred VanVleet is averaging 19 points per game. Scottie Barnes put up 15 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists in Game 1. Chris Boucher has averaged 12 points per game to round out the lineup.

These two teams will look for their stars to step up early in this one. The Raptors could be without Scottie Barnes again in this one as he deals with a foot injury. Gary Trent Jr. is listed as questionable, but will need to step up if he plays. Philadelphia will be missing Matisse Thybulle as he is ineligible to play in Canada. The 76ers will miss his defensive presence.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Raptors have fallen down in the series, but I think they could bounce back on the road. Toronto struggled in the first two games, but if they can get some offense early, I think they can get into a groove. I also expect the Raptors to come out quickly in front of their home fans.

Bovada has Philadelphia listed as a -130 against the money line in this one.

This implies that the 76ers will win this game around 56.5 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with Toronto back at home. Teams going home after falling down 2-0 in the series win over 50% of the time. As underdogs in this one, I like the value on the Raptors.

The Bet
Toronto Raptors
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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