Raptors vs 76ers Prediction and Odds for Game 2 (Depleted Raptors No Match For Sixers)

After a dominating 131-111 victory in Game 1, the Philadelphia 76ers are hoping to take a decisive lead by hosting the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs first round at 7:30 p.m. EST on Monday, April 16.

Absolutely nothing went right for Toronto, and things went from bad to worse quickly as they will likely be without three crucial players.

It’s going to take a Herculean effort from Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet to emerge victorious in Game 2, but the Raptors have excelled with their backs against the wall all season.

Can Toronto pull a rabbit out of its hat to even the series or will the Sixers once again blow them up at home?

Let’s check WynnBET Odds to help pick a winner in this Raptors vs 76ers game:

Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Spread & Total

Spread:

  • Raptors: +7 (-108)
  • 76ers: -7 (-108)

Money line:

  • Raptors: +240
  • 76ers: -300

Total:

  • 218.5 (Over -108/Under -108)

Prediction and choice of the Raptors against the 76ers

The story of Game 1 was Tyrese Maxey gutting the Raptors defense en route to 38 points, but the biggest takeaway heading into Game 2 was the Sixers’ performance at the charity strip.

Philadelphia had 34 free throw attempts, making 29, as they were fouled 26 times by Toronto. With Barnes, Trent Jr. and Young all questionable, the Raptors won’t have the depth to follow if they get in trouble again.

Well, when you don’t have a single player on your roster close to the size of Joel Embiid, it’s going to be hard to avoid fouls. The Raptors’ vaunted defense was shredded by the Sixers and while I trust Nick Nurse to turn the tables, I don’t think that will happen in Game 2.

Simply put, Toronto’s advantage lies in their depth and versatility. Missing a defensive cog would be embarrassing enough, but losing three role players is disastrous.

Philly should take care of business at home before heading to Toronto where things will get interesting. Doc Rivers is the most notorious lead pitcher in NBA history, and the pressure will be exorbitant on the Sixers to get things done if they go up 2-0. I’ll be looking to make a series bet on the Raptors if that’s the case, but I don’t see them hanging out with Philadelphia without their full roster.

Pick: 76ers -7 (-108)

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