2:05 pm
April 23

76ers @ Raptors

Who will WIN this matchup?

Philadelphia 76ers (51-31)

@ Toronto Raptors (48-34)


Current odds:

Philadelphia 76ers: (-152)

Toronto Raptors: (+126)


• The line for this game is 76ers by 3 points.

• After two days to process Joel Embiid’s clutch overtime winner, the visiting Philadelphia 76ers will vie for a sweep of the host Toronto Raptors on Saturday afternoon in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. The 76ers seized a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series on Wednesday after Embiid’s turnaround 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds to play in overtime gave them a 104-101 victory.

• Embiid continued to dominate in the series by scoring 18 of his 33 points in the third quarter. He also had 13 rebounds. Embiid’s winning shot followed a timeout. Former Raptor Danny Green inbounded the ball while Tobias Harris set the screen on Precious Achiuwa.

• Embiid and the 76ers have been on the other side of a similar scenario. Kawhi Leonard beat the buzzer at the end of regulation with a shot over Embiid to win Game 7 of the 2019 Eastern Conference second-round series. Toronto went on to win the championship.

• Embiid also helped hold Pascal Siakam to 12 points — all in the first half — on Wednesday.

• Toronto led by as many as 17 points in the second quarter. Philadelphia never led until early in overtime.

• Toronto hopes to have Scottie Barnes (sprained left ankle) back for Game 4. He has missed the past two games after playing well until he was injured in Game 1.

• Embiid played with a sore right thumb during Game 3. Multiple reports Friday said that the source of that pain was suspected to be a torn ligament. He wore a brace on his right hand and thumb during Friday’s practice. The 76ers did not list Embiid on their injury report, two days after he told reporters the pain would not keep him out of Game 4.

StreakSmarter Pick
Philadelphia 76ers