Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors predictions, picks and best bets

Nets vs. Sixers Game 5 Preview Notebook        Brooklyn will try to keep its season alive in Philadelphia

Nets vs. Sixers Game 5 Preview Notebook Brooklyn will try to keep its season alive in Philadelphia

Embiid averaged 24.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.8 blocks in Philadelphia's 4-1 first round win over the Brooklyn Nets in just 24.8 minutes per game. "(We're) digging back into some more regular-season tape. However, for the rest of that series, the Nets were persona non grata.

"I think we are focused", he said of he prep working going into the series.

The teams have not met since February 5 - a 119-107 win for Toronto in Philadelphia - and both have different looks going into the playoff series. Both teams won their first-round series in five games, defeating the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic, respectively.

The Sixers and Raptors both dropped their playoff opener before winning four straight; the Raptors against Orlando and the 76ers eliminated Brooklyn. "He's a great defender". "But also the team had its own tendencies and their playmakers and way of playing, so you try to find that happy middle and help the team any way you can", Gasol said. Kawhi Leonard emerged as a force in the opening round, scoring 34 or more points on two occasions and has averaged 27.8 points per game so far, while Pascal Siakam has contributed 22.6 points per game while attending to defensive responsibilities with a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game. If we are talking about bench depth, the odds are in the favor of the Raptors as well.

Initially Lowry said he hoped he would be OK by Game 1 of he Eastern Conference semifinal series with Philadelphia then quickly corrected himself to say he "WOULD" be OK to start the next round.

Win or lose, game days are more delicious with Uber Eats. In their first meeting, the Raptors were victorious 129-112.

The Raptors are led by the two-headed attack of Leonard and Kyle Lowry.

Ben Simmons #25, Joel Embiid #21, and Jimmy Butler #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers look on in the second half Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on January 09, 2019 in Washington, DC.

The way Embiid and Philadelphia finished their first-round series provides a reason to be encouraged. Get a greater number on a Raptors' win at -110. He was good, but in a regular-season way: Solid, capable, nothing too remarkable one way or the other. The trend here is clear. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

Embiid is critical to Philly's offense, the team was 5.4 points per 100 possessions worse this past season when he was off the floor (they have been better with him off the court in the playoffs, but that speaks more to Brooklyn and matchups than what will happen this series).

"It's not just their defense", Evan Fournier said of the Raptors' improvement. The 76ers won 126-101.

Although Gasol hasn't faced Embiid since joining the Raptors, he's had decent success against the 76ers star. He had six in this game compared to the nine that the Raptors starting five had in all. The Raptors defeated the 76ers 119-107.

"We had talks within the team and we kind of knew our goals and we knew that [making the playoffs] was definitely one of our goals", said LeVert, who poured in 18 points in Game 5. Chemistry is an important component going into the National Basketball Association playoffs, which is why I believe the Raptors do now have the advantage. Nurse thinks the combination of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka can give Embiid enough different looks so it limits his post-game efficiency, Leonard has dominated Simmons at times this season and Siakam's quickness and aggressiveness can be disruptive.

But 76ers coach Brett Brown is putting faith in the knowledge his team hasn't faced the Raptors with Tobias Harris in the line-up yet this season.

It doesn't sound like this knee issue is going away anytime soon. However, this is a winnable series for the Sixers as long as Simmons can be turnover conscious and careful with the way he produces in games.

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