The Toronto Raptors are going back home with much lesser pressure, as they have managed to tie the series with a win in Game 4. It still feels like there’s a long way to go before this series between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Raptors will be settled, though, as both teams have won in convincing fashions in the games they’ve played. Which team will win the pivotal Game 5? Going into the matchup the home team Raptors are favored at the sportsbook by 6-points. Click here for NBA Futures updates.
Betting Preview for the Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Playoff Game on May 7, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
When: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 8:00 PM ET
Line: Philadelphia 76ers (+6) vs. Toronto Raptors (-6) – view all NBA lines
Series: Series tied, 2-2
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Philadelphia 76ers (51-31 Regular Season)
The Sixers wasted a golden opportunity to push Toronto to the edge of elimination, as they lost at home on Sunday, 101-96. It would have likely been a much different story, though, had Joel Embiid put up the same intensity he had in Game 3 in which he had 33 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks. In Game 4, Embiid only had 11 points, though, he posted solid peripheral numbers of seven assists, eight rebounds, two blocks, and two steals in 35 minutes. Embiid was reportedly under the weather in that game, which could explain the decline in his offensive output, but a day of rest could bring him back to his top form. Jimmy Butler, meanwhile, is still seemingly smoking in the series. He had 29 points on 9-for-18 shooting from the field in Game 4, and has averaged 27.0 points over the last three games, while shooting close to 50 percent from the field.
Philadelphia is 3-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last four road games.
Betting on the Toronto Raptors (58-24 Regular Season)
In case it hasn’t been made obvious yet by his near-flawless performance in the playoffs, let it be stated that Kawhi Leonard is doing something special of late for Toronto. The two-way forward made Philadelphia’s defense looked comical, as he torched it for 39 points on 13-for-20 shooting from the field to go with 14 rebounds, and five assists. He will have to limit his errors, though, after turning the ball over seven times in Game 4. So far in the playoffs, Leonard is averaging 32.3 points on 58.7 percent shooting from the floor. Leonard willed the Raptors to a win on Monday despite poor production from Pascal Siakam — the team’s second best player in the playoffs. Siakam played through a calf issue and churned out only nine points on a horrendous 2-for-10 shooting. If Siakam could recapture his form and the likes of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka will do a fine job, especially in defending against Embiid, the Raptors should like their chances of taking a 3-2 series lead this Tuesday.
Toronto is 3-1 ATS in its last four home games.
Toronto wins, 110-107.
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