76ers @ Raptors: Leonard will once again lead Toronto in Game 5
76ers @ Raptors NBA odds spreads and predictions
The Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors will square off in Game 5 in the Eastern Conference semis on Tuesday night.
Kawhi Leonard continues to be the best player in this series and in the entire NBA playoffs.
Leonard finished with a game-high 39 points to go along with 14 rebounds and five assists for the Raptors in a 101-96 victory over the Sixers in Game 4.
Marc Gasol added 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, Kyle Lowry contributed 14 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and Pascal Siakam chipped in nine points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals for the Raptors.
When is it? Tuesday May 7th
What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Scotiabank Arena
Which channel is it on? TNT
The Philadelphia 76ers, on the other hand, had poor performances from Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Embiid finished with only 11 points to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks, and Simmons had 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Jimmy Butler proved to be the most important piece for the Sixers in Game 4, as he finished with a team-high 29 points to go along with 11 rebounds and four assists.
JJ Redick had 19 points, and Tobias Harris chipped in 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals for Philadelphia.
76ers @ Raptors Spread
The Toronto Raptors are giving the 76ers 6 points in this basketball game.
I said it before Game 1 was even played: Kawhi Leonard will be the best player in this series.
We are four games in, and Leonard is probably the best player in all of the NBA playoffs, along with Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo and Golden State's Kevin Durant.
The only reason the series is tied at 2-2 is because Leonard isn't getting much help from his teammates.
I expect the likes of Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry to bounce back at home in Game 5 and give Leonard and the Raptors a boost to come away with this victory.
Take the Raptors minus the points here.
76ers @ Raptors Over/Under
The over/under is set at 211.5 total points.
My final score prediction: Toronto Raptors 114, Philadelphia 76ers 107.
Roll with the over in this matchup.
Where the game will be won or lost
Will the Philadelphia 76ers overcome the dominance of Kawhi Leonard? I don't think so.
Leonard is the reason the Raptors are tied at two games each with the 76ers in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.
He is averaging 38 points and nine rebounds per game and he is shooting 61.8 percent from the field, including 46.4 percent from three-point range.
The Sixers won Games 2 and 3 after they were blown out in the opener. They dominated the Raptors 116-95 in Game 3 at Philadelphia, but in Game 4 Raptors coach Nick Nurse improvised and made some adjustments to his lineup.
Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka played together for 25 minutes on Sunday. And I'm sure Nurse will put together another game plan for Tuesday night when the Raptors are at home.