Toronto Raptors will take on the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 4 of the NBA 2021-22 playoffs on Saturday afternoon. The hosts will try to extend this series and move it to Philly. The away side is just one win away from the quarter-finals, and they want to finish the job here.
Toronto is still searching for the first win in this series, and they are in a very tough position. However, the home side won’t give up, and they hope to celebrate in front of their fans. On the other hand, Philadelphia has been perfect during this series, and they are full of confidence. Another success would see the visitors progressing to the next round.
Toronto Raptors – Can they move the series to Philly?
The Raptors were very close to booking the first win in this tie, but they fell to a 104-104 overtime defeat. That defeat certainly has impacted their confidence, and they are searching for a way to bounce back here. A poor display in the 3rd quarter cost them a win, while they missed another chance to beat the rivals in overtime. Toronto needs to improve its shooting percentage, as it was at 44.2 in the latest game. They were also inferior in the paint, but they controlled the number of turnovers well.
OG Anunoby has been the most productive player for the Raptors in the post-season, with 24 points, 4.3 rebounds, and three assists per game. Pascal Siakam is a bit below his regular-season average, contributing with 18.7 pts, six rebs, and 5.3 assists, while Fred VanVleet averages 16.7 points and tops the steals charts with 2.3 per match. Scottie Barnes made just one appearance in the playoffs, scoring 15 pts, ten rebounds, and eight assists, while two other players produce a double-digit number of points. It’s still questionable whether Scottie Barnes will be ready for this game, and it’s the only selection worry for the Raptors.
Expected Line-Up: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Chris Boucher, Pascal Siakam
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Philadelphia 76ers – Will they finish the job here?
The 76ers managed to put themselves in the commanding position in this tie, being 3-0 up ahead of Game 4. Despite making many turnovers in the latest match (24), they managed to turn around the result in the second half and secure a win in overtime. It was their fifth straight win, and the visitors are full of confidence. Philadelphia had a very good 51.4 field goal percentage, while they scored 41.9% of their shots from the three-pointer area. Moreover, they were controlling the paint, having 14 rebounds more than their rivals.
Joel Embiid continues to be Philadelphia’s most productive player, scoring 27.7 points and having a team-high 13 assists per game in the post-season. Tyrese Maxey has also been excellent in the playoffs, producing 26.7 pts, 5.7 rebs, and 3.7 assists, while James Harden tops the assists charts with ten per contest and 18.3 points. On the other hand, Matisse Thybulle and Charles Bassey will be unavailable to make appearances in this game.
Expected Line-Up: Tyrese Maxey, James Harden, Danny Green, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid
Expert Pick #1 – Toronto Raptors +3 @-110
It is questionable how much the Raptors are motivated for this encounter, but I believe they would like to move the series to Philadelphia. They will also have great support from the home fans, and Toronto doesn’t want to end this tie without winning. Therefore, I expect them to cover the number as the home dog, and that’s going to be my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 213.5 @-110
The margin on the totals market is not too high, and I believe these two sides can produce more than 213 points in total. Philadelphia keeps its percentages high, while Toronto has also improved its offensive work. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Toronto Raptors Over 105.5 @-115
I believe the Raptors will give their best shot to beat the 76ers on the home court, and they might score at least 106 pts. Although they managed to do this just in Game 1, it’s going to be my third pick at slightly lower odds.