76ers vs. Raptors: Game 5 prediction, pick, TV channel, NBA playoffs live stream, how to watch online
The Toronto Raptors have enjoyed the comforts of home their last two games, but now they must head out on the road. Toronto and the Philadelphia 76ers will face off in an Atlantic Division battle at 8 p.m. ET Monday at Wells Fargo Center. The Raptors might not be the betting favorite, but it's doubtful the players in their locker room care too much about that.
Toronto is hoping for another win. They beat Philadelphia 110-102 this past Saturday. Power forward Pascal Siakam was the offensive standout of the game for Toronto, picking up 34 points and five assists in addition to eight boards.
The Toronto Raptors were able to extend their season with a 110-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 on Saturday afternoon. After winning the first three games of the series, the Sixers were unable to complete the sweep, and thus the series will now return to Philadelphia for Game 5 on Monday night. Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors with a playoff career-high 34 points, while Gary Trent Jr. added 24 points for Toronto. James Harden paced the Sixers with 22 points, and MVP finalist Joel Embiid added 21 points for Philadelphia.
Facing elimination, Toronto was the more motivated team, and that became evident early on in Game 4. The Raptors forced 16 Philadelphia turnovers and scored 21 fast-break points as a result. They also out-rebounded the Sixers (46 to 41) and scored more points in the paint (42 to 38). The Sixers are the more talented team, but that doesn't mean that they'll be able to coast to playoff victories without giving maximum effort, and that's a lesson they learned the hard way on Saturday.
With Game 5 set for Monday night, neither team has time to dwell on their Game 4 performance. Here's everything you need to know about the fifth game in the series between Philadelphia and Toronto.
After a few days' rest for both teams, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors will meet up at 2 p.m. ET April 23 at Scotiabank Arena. The 76ers should still be riding high after a win, while Toronto will be looking to regain their footing.
Philadelphia is hoping for another victory. They won 104-101 over Toronto in overtime. Center Joel Embiid was the offensive standout of the matchup for Philadelphia, posting a double-double on 33 points and 13 rebounds.
Barring any buzzer beaters, Philadelphia is expected to win a tight contest Saturday. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a four-game streak of ATS wins.
The 76ers' victory brought them up to 3-0 while the Raptors' defeat pulled them down to a reciprocal 0-3. A couple numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Philadelphia comes into the contest boasting the fewest steals given up per game in the league at 6.6. But Toronto enters the game with 8.99 steals per game on average, good for second best in the league. Ball control might end up being a major factor in this one.
Toronto will lean on the championship DNA of its star duo of Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, while OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. step into their largest playoff roles to date. Rookie Scottie Barnes has an opportunity to turn in a playoff debut to remember, as the 20-year-old has rarely looked like a rookie this season.