PHI @ TOR
Series Tied 3-3
Spread: TOR -6
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Philadelphia 76ers were able to stave off an elimination game in Game 6, winning 112-101 on its home court to force a decisive Game 7 in Toronto. The Raptors are 6-point favorites at home, and the game will tip off at 6 PM (CT) on TNT. The over/under is set at 209 points according to NBA oddsmakers at bookmaker 5dimes.
The Sixers got a well-rounded scoring effort from its starters in Game 6, placing all five in double-figures, led by Jimmy Butler’s 9 of 18 shooting and 25 points. Butler was aggressive the entirety of the game, doing what he could to keep his team’s chances alive for one more game. Now, can Butler get another big game from teammate Ben Simmons? Will Joel Embiid show up too? It has been tough for the Sixers to get all three of its Big Three clicking on the same night.
Embiid shot just 5 of 14 in game 6, finishing with 17 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocks. But Embiid was +40 for his 36 minutes of court time, posting the best +/- of any Sixers. Simmons had a fair game with 21 points, six assists, and eight rebounds, and he shot 9 of 13 from the field. The Sixers really stuck tight to its starting unit, with only Mike Scott and James Ennis III seeing much time for the reserves. Scott and Ennis combine for 16 points and 12 rebounds, but the Raptors have a clear edge in depth and that may not make much of a difference with bot teams expected to allow their respective starters to log heavy minutes. The season comes down to this game, after all, for both clubs.
Toronto is hoping for continued brilliance from its forwards. Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam have both been brilliant this offseason, even with Siakam nursing some minor injuries. The pair combined to shoot 17 of 36 from the field in Game 6, finishing with 50 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists between them. As to whether Kyle Lowry can be relied upon for a huge game or not, remains in the air. He shot 5 of 11 from the field in Game 6 to finish with 13 points, six assists, and five rebounds, but Lowry has been known to vanish in the postseason.
This could be a tale of redemption for him and the Raptors if he is able to show up with a big game 7. The Raptors shot just 43 percent from the field in Game 6, and it was out-rebounded by 18 boards. Toronto will have to do a much better job on the boards and get its complementary pieces involved, or it could find itself going home early once again, and this time LeBron James will not be the reason.
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