76ers vs. Raptors Game Two: Preview, Odds, and Picks

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After a thrilling Game One victory against the Toronto Raptors, the Philadelphia 76ers are back in action tonight for Game Two. Off the back of a Tyrese Maxeypiece, the Sixers will look to keep it rolling as they continue their push towards the NBA Finals.

  • When: Monday April 18th at 7:30 PM
  • Where: The Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • How: TNT, NBCSP, 97.5 FM The Fanatic

Injury Report

Unfortunately, there were multiple injuries in Game One, leading to at least one player missing the second game of round one. Here’s how the injury report is shaking out at this moment:

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Jaden Springer – Out (Knee)
  • Charless Bassey – Out (Shoulder)

The Sixers will head into tonight’s matchup missing only their two rookies. Both Jaden Springer and Charles Bassey spent most of their season in the G League with the Delaware Blue Coats making a Finals Run of their own. Neither was expected to make much of an impact this season — especially considering how Doc Rivers handles youth — but that will likely change in future seasons.

Toronto Raptors

  • Gary Trent Jr. – Doubtful (Non-COVID illness)
  • Thaddeus Young – Doubtful (Hyperextended thumb)
  • Scottie Barnes – Out (Ankle)

Both Gary Trent Jr. and Thaddeus Young are considered doubtful. The thought of losing Trent Jr. and Young is difficult; even more so is the thought of losing up-and-comer, Scottie Barnes. Unfortunately, that’s the reality of the situation for Toronto, who will have to find a way to overcome this rash of injuries/illnesses.

Odds

  • Moneyline: PHI -305
  • Spread: -7
  • Total: o/u 217.5

The Philadelphia 76ers are currently seven-point favorites over the Toronto Raptors but if at least one of Gary Trent Jr. or Thaddeus Young are downgraded to out —which is fairly likely — expect the numbers to continue moving in favor of Philly.

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Prediction

Between the dominant performance by the 76ers’ starters in Game One and the unfortunate lesser depth Toronto will be faced with, tonight’s game should once again finish in Philadelphia’s favor. The operative word, of course, being should.

The smart money tonight would be on the the Sixers’ spread (-7) and the over (O 217.5).

Final Score: Philadelphia 76ers – 117 | Toronto Raptors – 103

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