76ers And Raptors Battle For Spot In Eastern Conference Final

Sunday, May 12, 2019 6:26 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 12, 2019 6:26 PM UTC

The 76ers and Raptors are going the distance with a spot in the Eastern Conference Final hanging on the line. Who will advance? Here’s our NBA betting preview for your consideration.

<p style="text-align:center"><strong>Phildadelphia 76ers (3-3 SU and ATS) vs. Toronto Raptors (3-3 SU &amp; ATS)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/philadelphia-76ers-vs-toronto-raptors-3782780/odds/" target="_blank" title="76ers vs Raptors Odds Board"><strong>Sunday, May 12, 2019 7:00 PM EST</strong></a></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Picks: 76ers +6.5 (-107)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Recommended Sportsbook: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4435&amp;book=Pinnacle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Pinnacle</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3782780, "sportsbooksIds":[238,92,999996,19,180], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</strong></p><p>It’s down to the wire between the No.3 seed Philadelphia 76ers and the No.2 seed Toronto Raptors. To date, this has been a series filled with momentum swings and plenty of betting thrills. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/raptors-and-76-ers-go-to-game-6/90097/" target="_blank">The 76ers were faced with elimination in game 6 but they rallied to a 112-101 victory at home</a> to send this series into a deciding game 7 on Sunday night.</p><p>The series started with the Raptors taking the victory in game 1, but the 76ers reeled off back-to-back wins to take a series lead 2-1 ahead of game 4. Indeed, the 76ers missed a huge opportunity then to take a commanding 3-1 lead when they succumbed to a narrow 96-101 loss at home as the nominal -2 home faves. That was the impetus Toronto needed and they flipped the script behind back-to-back wins to take the 3-2 edge ahead of game 6.</p><p>Indeed, the Raptors closed as the nominal -1.5 road favorites ahead of game 6. A market reaction to their sensational performance in game 5, in which they routed the 76ers 125-89 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. However, the Raptors missed a chance in game 6 to wrap up the series and, in turn, failed to come through for their backers.</p><p>Going into <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/nba-basketball-betting/3542862-smoking-sunday-game-seven.html" target="_blank" title="On our Forum: Smoking Sunday Game Seven">game 7</a>, the Raptors are installed as the massive home favorites. Oddsmakers rolled out a 7-point line at opening doors, but it’s dwindled since to 6.5 across most top-rated sportsbooks. Curiously, the public is all over the upset in this series on all fronts. Consensus betting shows that the 76ers have 52% of the bets to cover as the road underdogs. As well, the 76ers have around 60% of the bets for the straight up upset in Toronto.</p><p>Granted the Raptors were outplayed in game 6 as the 76ers jumped to an early lead and never really let up over the course of the four quarters. But to upset the Raptors in Toronto is a daunting task, particularly when it’s game 7 of a series in the playoffs.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"pt\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Do whatever it takes to win.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;📺 | &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/U1A3E2qYCk\"&gt;https://t.co/U1A3E2qYCk&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/jhp9ZNrLPK\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/jhp9ZNrLPK&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Raptors/status/1127326924223799297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;11 de maio de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p>The Raptors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss of 10 points or more. They are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 following an ATS loss. As well, they are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent scores more than 100 points.</p><p>Overall, the Raptors are 36-11-0 SU and 22-25-0 ATS this season as home favorites with an 8.5 margin of victory on average. After a loss they are 19-8-0 SU with an 8.1 winning margin on average.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"pt\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;COUNT '3M UP. &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeTheNorth?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#WeTheNorth&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/jKGalnnNwZ\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/jKGalnnNwZ&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Raptors/status/1126140163229405185?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;8 de maio de 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><p><strong>NBA Betting Verdict:</strong> This is a must-win game for the Raptors if they hope to come through on expectations to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the second time in franchise history. Home advantage is going to be key for the Raptors and, frankly, they really should get the job done.</p><p>Betting on the upset certainly holds appeal mainly because of the attractive <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" target="_blank" title="NBA Odds Board">NBA odds</a> on offer. The allure of return is undeniable. However, the chance of an upset actually materialising in a deciding game of a playoff series are very low –around 20% chance (home teams boast a 105-28 record in the history of the league in the final deciding game). In other words, a bet on the 76ers has a 20% chance of coming through for backers.</p><p>For our money <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" target="_blank" title="NBA Picks &amp; Predictions">we’re backing the Raptors as the home favorites</a> to clinch the series and head into the Eastern Conference finals to take on the Milwaukee Bucks.</p><p><strong>Free NBA Picks: Raptors -6.5 (103)</strong></p>
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