76ers vs Raptors Expert Predictions for Second-Round Eastern Conference Playoff Series
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The No. 3-seed Philadelphia 76ers and No. 2-seed Toronto Raptors both had dominant performances in the first-round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs, winning their respective series in five games. However, the two teams now find themselves in a second-round matchup for the right to play in the Eastern Conference Finals against the winner of the Milwaukee and Boston series.
The Raptors are currently 5-point favorites at home for Game 1 in Toronto, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. However, as it's always smart to hear what those in the industry have to say before placing a bet, here are some expert predictions for the series between the Raptors and 76ers.
The experts over at CBS Sports are picking the Raptors to win this series in five games. They cite the Raptors 3-1 regular season record against Philly and the 76ers lack of compatibility between its star players as reasons for the pick.
Yahoo Sports is predicting that the Raptors will win this second-round series in six games. They believe that Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is the best player in this series and that his defensive synergy with midseason acquisition Marc Gasol will make it too challenging for Philly to score efficiently.
Holy Key 1
The team at Holy Key 1 is backing Toronto to win this series 4-2. They believe that the injury concerns surrounding 76ers star Joel Embiid are more severe than we realize and that Marc Gasol will be able to limit him enough to give Toronto an advantage in this series.
Overall, all three experts are taking the Raptors to win the series. Two of the experts are predicting it will take six games for Toronto to win and one believes it will only take five games.
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