The Toronto Raptors meet the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals series at the Scotiabank Arena on Saturday night, with both teams hoping to continue their winning momentum in the second-round of the series.
The 76ers rebounded emphatically from a series-opening loss to the Brooklyn Nets and then registered four straight wins in the NBA Playoffs, winning their first-round series 4-1. Joel Embiid led the 76ers with an average 24.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.8 blocks per game. Tobias Harris have averaged 17.6 points, while Ben Simmons have averaged 17.2 points.
The Raptors also dropped their first game and then went on winning four straight games in the first round against Orlando Magic. Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with averages of 27.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game while Pascal Siakam have averaged 22.6 points.
Meanwhile, second-seeded Raptors finished the regular season with a 58-24 record, while third-seeded Sixers finished the regular season with a 51-31 record. Both teams have met four times in the regular season, which ended with Raptors victory for three games and one lone win for 76ers.
Kawhi Leonard are in great form and have registered a win in all the three games played against Sixers this season. Also, the Leonard has never lost a match to the Philadelphia 76ers in his career. The only win that Sixers registered was in December 2018 when Kawhi Leonard was sidelined with an injury.
Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction
Philadelphia are undoubtedly a dangerous side on their day, but the team appears weak for the strong squad Raptors at home here. The Raptors have won thirteen straight games at home over the 76ers and we expect Raptors winning trend will continue here.
Toronto Raptors AH -6.5 @ 1.90 at Bet365
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