Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers NBA Pick – Game 1

The NBA is set up with another great day of action as the Playoffs get underway. Four games are up on the board throughout Saturday. One of these games will be between the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers. These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in Game 1. This game will tip off at around 6:00 PM Eastern time on ESPN.

Toronto earned a record of 48-34 throughout this season, which had them grab the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors are coming off a loss in their last game, but won eight of their last ten. Toronto has will look to remain hot as they enter the playoffs. I expect the Raptors to come out quickly on the road in this one.

The 76ers finished out the regular season with a record of 51-31, which had them in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia won their last two games of the regular season and five of their last six. The 76ers have been strong and will look to keep it going. Philadelphia will look for a huge win in Game 1 at home in this one.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Raptors have been a bit hotter as of late, but closed the regular season with a loss. Philadelphia will look to build on their back to back wins. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough to lead them to the win on Saturday.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Toronto Raptors +4 ½ (-110) +160 Over 216 (-110)
Philadelphia 76ers -4 ½ (-110) -185 Under 216 (-110)

 

Team Data Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers
Overall Record 48-34 51-31
Away/ Home Record 24-17 24-17
PPG 109.4 109.9
PPG Away/ Home 107.8 110.2
PAPG 107.1 107.3
PAPG Away/ Home 107.4 107.1

Betting Trends

Toronto Raptors

  • 45-36 ATS this season
  • 20-16 ATS as an underdog
  • 25-16 ATS in road games
  • 3-3 ATS in April
  • 6-4 ATS on Saturday’s
  • 1-2 ATS when playing on three or more days rest
  • 10-6 ATS against divisional opponent
  • 7-8 ATS after a divisional game
  • 20-19 ATS after allowing 105 points or less
  • 9-4 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 13-8 ATS after scoring 100 points or less
  • 29-15 ATS against team with a winning record

Philadelphia 76ers

  • 37-44 ATS this season
  • 24-30 ATS as a favorite
  • 17-24 ATS in home games
  • 2-4 ATS in April
  • 6-6 ATS on Saturday’s
  • 3-0 ATS when playing on three or more days rest
  • 6-10 ATS against divisional opponent
  • 16-14 ATS revenging loss to an opponent
  • 12-15 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 19-23 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams met up four times on the season. Fred VanVleet put up 32 points in the first meeting as the Raptors won 115-109. Joel Embiid dropped 36 points and 11 rebounds in the second game as Philadelphia won 114-109. Pascal Siakam scored 26 points and 10 rebounds in the third matchup to lead Toronto to a 93-88 win. Siakam had 37 points in the fourth game as the Raptors won 119-114.

Field Goal Shooting

The Raptors have struggled shooting the ball a bit on the season. Toronto has made 44.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 25th in the league. The Raptors have shot 34.9 percent from deep, which is 20th in the NBA. Toronto has sunk 75.9 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 23rd in the league this season.

Philadelphia has been strong shooting the ball this season. The 76ers have been shooting 46.6 percent from the field, which is 16th in the NBA. Philadelphia has made 36.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 7th in the league. The 76ers have drained 82.1 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 1st in the NBA.

The 76ers have been the better team throughout the season shooting the ball and have a slight edge on defense. Philadelphia has held their opponents to a 45.8 percent from the field, which is 15th in the league. Toronto has allowed opposing teams to shoot 46.2 percent from the field, which is 17th in the NBA. Both teams will look to step up on defense in this one.

Top Performers

Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet have been the leaders for Toronto on the season. Siakam is averaging 22.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. VanVleet has averaged 20.3 points and 6.7 assists per game. Gary Trent Jr. is averaging 18.3 points, while OG Anunoby has averaged 17.1 points per game. Scottie Barnes is averaging 15.3 points per game to round out the lineup.

Joel Embiid has been the leader for the 76ers throughout the season. Embiid has averaged 30.6 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. James Harden is averaging 21 points, 7.1 rebounds and 10.5 assists per game. Tyrese Maxey has averaged 17.5 points. Tobias Harris is averaging 17.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game to round out this lineup.

Both teams have been led by their stars throughout this season. Philadelphia has a very dangerous duo in Embiid and Harden and will look to keep it going early in this one. The Raptors will look to step up early in this one as they try to dominate the paint. If either team can have some bench players step up, it could be enough to lead them to the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout the season and will look for a big win in Game 1. The Raptors were able to win three of the four games in the season series against Philadelphia. Toronto also won both games in Philadelphia. I think that the 76ers will bounce back at home to open this series though. If Philadelphia can shoot well early, I think they can get the win.

Bovada has the 76ers listed as a -4 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Philadelphia at home, which I agree with. The 76ers have been the better overall team this season and I think they will come out fast in this series. Philadelphia will look for Harden and Embiid to dominate early. As slight favorites, I like the value on the 76ers to cover.

The Bet
Philadelphia 76ers -4.5
-110
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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