The Toronto Raptors will try to reclaim the lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday, May 7 when they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers back to Scotiabank Arena. Tip off time for Game 5 is 8:00 p.m. EST.
Raptors Clawed Back in Game 4
The Raptors deep-sixed the Sixers on on Sunday with a thrilling 101-96 win in Philadelphia. Five Raptors scored in double figures, but it was Kawhi Leonard who was the hero once again. The former Finals MVP had 39 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists, and hit a crucial three-pointer from 26 feet away to put the game out of reach with one minute remaining.
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) May 6, 2019
The ultra efficient Leonard is now averaging 32.3 points per game in the postseason on 58.7% shooting from the field and 50% from beyond the arc.
Kawhi leonard and the whole philadelphia 76ers pic.twitter.com/cRkCcsPUu8
— kd’s burner account (@ks012345678910) May 5, 2019
Toronto’s Bench Remains a Concern
Toronto recorded the win on Sunday, but it was in spite of the team’s bench rather than because of it. Serge Ibaka had all 12 of the Raptors’ bench points as Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet, and Patrick McCaw were all shutout in limited minutes. Toronto presently ranks dead last in bench production after finishing 17th in that category during the regular season.
Serge Ibaka protects the paint for your Heads Up Play of the Day! pic.twitter.com/YLU51Kc0Al
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 6, 2019
Embiid and Siakam Are Still Banged Up
Joel Embiid has been struggling with a flu bug that required him to receive an I.V. prior to game time on Sunday. He still logged 35 minutes, but finished with only 11 points on 2-7 shooting.
Joel Embiid was throwing up last night and did not sleep.
Embiid got IV around 6am and texted Brett Brown that he did NOT know if he could play but Embiid did NOT use that as an excuse as to why he scored a playoff career low 11 points
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) May 6, 2019
Pascal Siakam is also at less than 100% as he deals with the effects of a calf bruise and lingering hamstring tightness. Like Embiid, he was also noticeably compromised in Game 4 as he scored just nine points after recording 20 points or more in his four previous outings.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors Regular Season Statistical Comparison
|111.5 (8th)||Offensive Rating||112.5 (5th)|
|115.2 (4th)||Points||114.4 (8th)|
|26.9 (4th)||Assists||25.4 (13th)|
|47.1 (8th)||Field-Goal Percentage||47.4 (5th)|
|35.9 (8th)||Three-Point Percentage||36.6 (6th)|
|+2.7 (11th)||Plus/Minus||+6.1 (3rd)|
|108.9 (14th)||Defensive Rating||106.8 (5th)|
|112.5 (19th)||Points||108.4 (9th)|
|45.5 (10th)||Field-Goal Percentage||44.9 (5th)|
|34.2 (4th)||Three-Point Percentage||34.5 (8th)|
|51.2 (24th)||Points In The Paint||47.5 (9th)|
Raptors Favored to Take Series Lead
Sportsbooks have us excited for this one, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 212, with the Raptors opening as 6.0-point favorites. Philadelphia is 44-47-0 against the spread this season and 45-46-0 over/under, compared to 43-48-0 ATS and 48-43-0 over/under for Toronto.