The Philadelphia 76ers will be fighting for their playoff lives on Thursday, May 9 when they take on the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Tip off time for this must-see game is 8:00 p.m. EST at Wells Fargo Center.
Raptors Crushed the Sixers in Game 5
Toronto relied on a balanced scoring attack in Game 5 to eviscerate Philadelphia 125-89. Six Raptors scored in double figures, including all five starters, as Nick Nurse’s squad used a dominant 37-point second quarter to put Philly away early. Pascal Siakam led the way with 25 points, and no one logged more than 36 minutes as the Raptors’ key contributors watched from the bench during much of the final frame.
— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) May 8, 2019
Ben Simmons Has Been a Non Factor
The transition opportunities and wide open lanes that Ben Simmons feasted on during the regular season have all but disappeared as Toronto has wisely packed the lane against the former Rookie of the Year. The result has been a string of subpar performances as Simmons has scored 10 points or less in four of the last five games.
Ben Simmons when given 46 feet of space by a defender pic.twitter.com/nvWmFu5aku
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) May 8, 2019
There’s no doubting the fact that Big Ben is an other-worldly athlete, but until he develops a reliable jump shot he’ll continue to be an afterthought in the Sixers’ half court sets.
Embiid Hasn’t Been Himself
Blame a flu bug, an aching knee, or the presence of Marc Gasol if you like, but Joel Embiid hasn’t been himself in the second-round. The two-time All-Star scored just 13 points in 31 minutes on Tuesday night, and is averaging only 17 points per game on 38% shooting from the floor. The Sixers had only a marginal chance with Embiid playing at his best, but they have no shot when their big man is laying more bricks than a mason.
“Joel Embiid’s reality is he didn’t play for 2 years because he was hurt. He needs 6 treatments a game because he’s always hurt and he’s got a bad diet and he’s always hurt… He’s a liability to the franchise.” —@ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/Eg4UFONrW7
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 6, 2019
The Real OG
The Raptors had a familiar face on the bench during Game 5 as forward OG Anunoby sat courtside with his teammates for the first time since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on April 11th. It’s unclear when the 6’8″ reserve will be able to hit the hardwood again, but his switchy defense could play a key role if Toronto continues to advance.
Chris Boucher is out again tonight (back spasms). Only him and OG Anunoby (out, no update) on the injury report.
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) May 7, 2019
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 Close Out the Sixers
Oddsmakers are clearly expecting a lot of points, as they’ve set the game total at a robust 214, with the Raptors opening as 1.5-point favorites. Toronto is 44-48-0 against the spread this season and 49-43-0 over/under, compared to 44-48-0 ATS and 46-46-0 over/under for Philadelphia.