Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers / NBA – The 76ersi have managed to stretch the series with the Raptors into the seventh game. Simmons finally had a good night and they used well the home-field advantage to equalise the series at 3-3. Thanks to better result made in the regular season Toronto will play the seventh, critical game in front of its fans, which could turn to be the decisive factor.
Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers begins 13.05.2019 at 01:00 CET
Toronto didn’t finish the series after six games and now the series returns to Canada where the two teams will decide who goes into the final of Eastern Conference. The Raptors started Game 6 very weakly and after first two periods they had -15. The Sixers had more rebounds (34-52) and this is especially true for offensive rebounds, since they allowed their opponents to make even 16 such rebounds. Weak shooting for three points, just 25%, was also one of reasons that led to their defeat.
Leonard and Siakam had again played well but they needed more assistance from their teammates, especially those who normally start on the bench (reserve players scored just 23 points – most of them when the game was practically decided). We are certain that Toronto can hardly play so weakly but we should bear in mind that now will be exposed to more pressure as they have to win Game 7. Still, it is hard to imagine to again miss 14 out 17 three-points attempts, which was the case in first two periods of Game 6.
Probable lineups Toronto Raptors: Lowry, Green, Leonard, Siakam, Gasol
Regardless of Butler’s 25 points (and 8 assists and 6 rebunds) the hero of Game 6 is Simmons, who finally played a good game in the series against Toronto. He scored 21 points (9/13), had 8 rebounds and 6 assists, all that without a single turnaround in the entire game! Embiid again didn’t shoot well (5/14), but nevertheless he scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds. Harris scored 16 points and had 9 rebounds, while Redick and Scott scored by 11 points each.
Right the team play had brought the triumph and took the series into “win or go home” game. The Sixers were better in rebounds on both sides of the court, and that was especially visible in attack, which all together brought the wanted result. Although Embiid still has problems with injury and stomach virus he and his teammates are aware that have chance that comes very rarely. Simmons averaged in first five games only 9.4 points but he definitely woke-up in Game 6 (their fans hope it is not only temporary).
Probable lineups Philadelphia 76ers: Simmons, Redick, Butler, Harris, Embiid
Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers PICK
The entire series depends on one game. All other games are not important any more as the winner of match in Canada will face Milwaukee, who had previously finished the job with Boston. There is no pronounced favourite in Game 7. One three pointer can decide the series, one individual, one turnover…. The only thing we are certain here is that Leonard’s experience might be crucial, and that he could Pick the scale in Toronto’s favour.
Pick: Toronto -6 points
Odds: 1.95 at 888sport (down to 1.83 can be played)
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