Sixers And Raptors Looking To Punch Ticket To Eastern Conference Finals

Sunday, May 12, 2019 3:22 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 12, 2019 3:22 PM UTC

The Raptors and 76ers close out the second round of the NBA playoffs on Sunday with what should be an epic Game 7. Only one team can move on to the conference finals, so how do we make some money off what should be a very good game.

<p style="text-align:right"><em><strong>Jordan’s NBA Picks: </strong>77-56-1<br />Playoffs 23-18-1</em></p><p style="text-align:center"> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Philadelphia (58-35 SU &amp; 45-48 ATS) at Toronto (65-28 SU &amp; 44-47 ATS)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="" target="_blank" title="Philadelphia vs Toronto Odds Board"><strong>Sunday, 7:00 PM EST, TNT</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: UNDER</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">5Dimes</a></strong></p><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3782780, "sportsbooksIds":[19,999991,180,169,92], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Toronto’s defense has been exceptionally good in this series when they play at home and now back there after a few really poor defensive performances in Philly, can they bounce back and make this one another lower scoring affair?</p><p><strong>Defense Wins Series</strong></p><p>At this point in the series, both teams know the game plans and both teams know each other. That’s what happens when you play the same team 10 times in one season.</p><p>At this point, there won’t be many, if any surprises. The team that wins this game will be the team that can defend.</p><p>Toronto has done a very good job of that when they play in Toronto. During their 11 playoff games they own a 100.3 defensive rating and that is second to only the Bucks, who have played two fewer playoff games.</p><p>While Toronto’s defense has taken a slight step back in this series compared to their overall playoff numbers, their defense at home will be what wins or loses them the game. Toronto is holding opponents to just 95.7 points per 100 possessions at home in the playoffs and in their three home games against the Sixers, they have limited them to 95.5 points per 100 possessions.</p><p>That kind of consistency is rare in a playoffs that has been up and down for the Raptors. However, <a href="" target="_blank" title="NBA Odds Board">the under is 4-2 for the Raptors at home</a> this postseason and with everything on the line for both teams in <a href="" target="_blank" title="On our Forum: Game 7 player props">Game 7</a>, I think both will have their defenses ratcheted up to 100.</p><p><strong style="font-size:18px">The Sharp Pick</strong></p><p>Considering Philadelphia’s road defense has been pretty good <a href="" target="_blank" title="How To Bet The NBA Playoffs When Down To Eight Teams">in the playoffs</a>, a total that is close to or right at 210 points seems a little high. While there have been some high scores in this series, it seems like only one team gets going offensively in each game.</p><p>With the Sixers holding opponents to 107.9 points per 100 possessions on the road in the playoffs, look for this game to be physical and played with a ton of defense. <a href="" target="_blank" title="NBA Picks &amp; Predictions">I would not be surprised to see both teams below 100 points by game’s end</a>.</p><p><strong>Final Score Prediction: 76ers 96 – Raptors 102</strong></p>
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