Game 4 in the series is upon us and the Philadelphia 76ers will fancy their chances of a third successive victory on Sunday night. With the home crowd behind them, the 76ers can move 3-1 up in the series ahead of a trip north of the border for Game 5.
It was plain sailing for Philadelphia in Game 3; the 76ers cruised to a 116-95 win in front of a jubilant home crowd. Joel Embiid was the star of the show with 33 points for the hosts and Toronto will be wary of another masterclass this weekend. Defeat for the Canadian side will all but end their hopes of claiming a first NBA Championship this year.
Nick Nurse will have his troops fired up and ready to bounce back after Thursday’s loss. The manner of the defeat was very disappointing indeed and Toronto were never in contention to snatch an important road win. The 9/10 with William Hill for the Raptors to level up the series at 2-2 will appeal to Canadian basketball betting fans.
Philadelphia fans are starting to dream of the Eastern Conference crown and punters will be keen to take the 5/1 for the 76ers to pip their rivals to the title. A win here will see the 76ers move to within one game of the Conference Finals and it would take a brave man to back against Philadelphia on current form – though the Milwaukee Bucks will be series favourites.
76ers Ooze Class In Game 3
Philadelphia produced one of the most dominant playoff performances of the campaign on Thursday night and 76ers supporters will be hoping for a similar effort at Wells Fargo Center this weekend. 30/29 seems like an outstanding price with 888sport for the 76ers to extend their series lead to 3-1.
If Embiid can top 30 points for the second game in succession, Philadelphia could run riot in front of their own fans. The 76ers have been building momentum in the second half of the year and confidence is sky high. Toronto will be wary of another strong showing from Philly and it could be another exciting affair for basketball supporters.
Raptors Blowing Hot And Cold
Toronto have enough quality to turn the series around but winning three games in a row will be very difficult indeed. Victory for the Raptors will swing the series back in their favour ahead of Game 5 and plenty of punters will be expecting Toronto to raise their game for this contest. Write the Raptors off at your peril.
Kawhi Leonard has been Toronto’s standout performer in 2018/19 and he will be the key to their chances of glory – both in context of the series and the NBA Championship race. At the time of writing, the Raptors are valued at 12/1 with Betway to go all the way this year but it would be foolish to look too far ahead. The focus will be on getting through the series.
It has been a joy to follow this series from start to finish and the 76ers can move within one game of victory if everything goes to plan this weekend. Philadelphia have the experience and quality to put the Raptors to the sword but it will not be straightforward. Winning the first period and establishing a lead is of primary importance.
Take your pick here; the bookmakers are finding it very difficult to split the two teams. The momentum is with the 76ers and that is why we’re edging towards the hosts but Toronto are no slouches and this really could go either way.
TIP: Philadelphia 76ers to win
CORRECT SCORE: Philadelphia 76ers 102-96 Toronto Raptors