The Philadelphia 76ers tied up the series with a dramatic road win over the Toronto Raptors earlier this week and plenty of punters will be expecting Joel Embiid and co to claim another win on Thursday night. Taking control of the series on home court is crucial – the 76ers have the strength in depth and natural talent to emerge victorious in the series.
Toronto were left shell-shocked after Philadelphia’s perfect performance but do the Raptors have what it takes to bounce back at the first possible opportunity? According to the latest betting odds, Toronto are EVS with Betfred to claim victory in Game 3. Canadian fans will be keeping a close eye on proceedings at Wells Fargo Center.
Jimmy Butler’s 30 points were decisive for the 76ers and Philadelphia fans will be expecting more of the same on Thursday night. On current form, it would be foolish to back against the hosts – especially as they have been red hot in front of their own supporters this year. It could be another close contest that goes right down to the wire.
With the 76ers out at 9/2 underdogs to win the Eastern Conference with 888sport, punters may wish to refrain from placing any NBA title bets just yet. Philadelphia tick all the right boxes to go close in their pursuit of glory and Toronto will need to be at their brilliant best to stand any chance of advancing to the Conference Finals.
76ers Showing Grit And Determination
Philadelphia have improved significantly in recent years and the 76ers are now on the verge of something very special indeed. The NBA Championship may be out of reach for another year but it would be foolish to dismiss their chances – especially after Monday night’s win over the Raptors. That victory sent shockwaves across the NBA.
Anything can happen in the playoffs and the 76ers will try to remain calm and composed. As the series goes on, we may see desperation creep into Philadelphia’s general play but they are still very much in contention at the time of writing. The 39/40 odds with Betvictor show the 76ers are slight favourites to go on and get the job done in Game 3.
Raptors Need An Instant Response
One of the things that makes the postseason so great is its unpredictable nature. A team can blow a rival out of the water in Game 1 before slumping to an embarrassing defeat in Game 2 – fans love just how pivotal every minute of playoff basketball is. The Raptors may turn to the experienced Kawhi Leonard for advice ahead of what may be the key game of the series.
Leonard has been Toronto’s standout performer in 2018/19 and his form will be central to their chances of NBA success. Winning the title is the ultimate objective for the Raptors this season but reaching the Conference Finals is an absolute must. After so many near misses, Toronto cannot afford to fail this year.
Another very difficult contest to predict. Philadelphia are in the ascendency after that Game 2 triumph and the 76ers will be boosted by a return to familiar surroundings. If everything goes to plan, the 76ers could be celebrating another win – moving ahead in the series could prove decisive.
However, Toronto are no slouches and this one could go down to the buzzer. Expect a small margin of victory either way and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Raptors nick the road win, particularly if Leonard hits top form early on.
TIP: Philadelphia 76ers to win
CORRECT SCORE: Philadelphia 76ers 103 – 99 Toronto Raptors