Just the one Playoff Game for today and the Toronto Raptors head to Philadelphia to try and get back the lead in the series.
Jimmy Butler was big for the 76ers in Game 2 which is good news for the Sixers.
In previous games when he has performed well, the Sixers have actually lost the match.
An injured Joel Embiid has been a non-factor so far and the Big Spaniard Marc Gasol has been keeping him well held so far in the series. Gasol is one of the best big defenders in the League and was always going to make it tough for Embiid.
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Toronto Raptors 1 @ Philadelphia 76ers 1
Prediction – Game Total Under 217.5
The Toronto Raptors are relying heavily on Kawhi Leonard and need some other players particularly the bench to step up soon.
The Sixers are in a good spot with the Series level and they should take home game 3 with the home crowd support.
Expect much the same in terms of attention on Joel Embiid and the like of Ben Simmons and JJ Redick may have a big number on the offensive end to help the Sixers cause.
Both Games have been low scoring so far and that trend should continue here. Both sides go under the Game Total at below 42% when they have 2-3 days of rest.
The 76ers home crowd will be important in this game and if they can contain Kawhi Leonard they should get the Win.
Marc Gasol + 8.5 Points
Marc Gasol + 5.5 Rebounds
The Raptors were well beaten in the Rebound Count in Game 2 and Marc Gasol won’t get beaten in that on consecutive occasions. He has not been used as much as expected on the offensive end and could cover both numbers by Half Time. Gasol would have covered both these numbers easily back in his Memphis days.
Pascal Siakam + 7.5 Rebounds
The Raptors lost the rebound count in Game 2 and Pascal is one of their better rebounders. Expect him to be active offensively in Game 3 and get plenty of chances to rebound the basketball especially on the offensive end.
Ben Simmons + 13.5 Points
Ben Simmons + 7.5 Rebounds
Simmons is big enough to pull down lots of rebounds and if he gets to the hoop expect quite a few offensive rebounds. His Player points number had dropped and 13.5 seems rather low considering he averaged a few more than that for the season. Needs a couple of buckets early to get the crowd off his back.
JJ Redick + 14.5 Points
Redick is a scorer and one of the best shooters in the NBA. He will get plenty of chances to score in game three and should score close to 20. He averages 18 for the season and Jimmy Butler should get more defensive attention from the Raptors which could open up Redick.
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