Thanks to a stunning blowout win on Tuesday, the Toronto Raptors are one victory away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Game details: Here’s a look at the start time, television information and odds for tonight’s Raptors-76ers Game 6.
- When: 8 p.m. ET
- Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
- TV: ESPN
- Betting line: Toronto -2 / 212.5 points
The big picture: Given the way Kawhi Leonard has been rolling, and because Joel Embiid has been so adversely affected by the upper respiratory infection he’s battled, this series appears to be over. Do the Sixers have anything left in the tank to push it to seven games?
Here’s a handful of bold predictions for Thursday night’s Raptors-Sixers Game 6.
Redick awakens from his slumber
One of Philly’s top performers in this series, J.J. Redick was sleepwalking in Game 5. The sharpshooter wasn’t keen on launching from three as he typically does. And when he did, he was off the mark. He hit on just 1-6 from the field and 1-3 from three. Just an awful, forgettable performance.
Redick will step up his game with an aggressive performance in Game 6. He’ll regain his confidence, and his shooting touch to give the Sixers a fighting chance in this elimination game.
Lowry has series-best performance
Toronto’s starting point guard has been hit-or-miss in this series against the Sixers. His most memorable moment was actually a gigantic faux pas. He disappeared in Game 1, and then again in Game 3.
Kyle Lowry has been a big factor the past two games, however, putting up 33 points and 12 assists total.
In this closeout game, we’re predicting Lowry asserts himself even more than he already has been. He’ll aggressively drive to the paint, which will lead to a strong scoring output, along with bountiful opportunities to set up his teammates. Hitting a few outside shots will only be the icing on the cake.
Embiid goes for 30 and 15
The past two games have been ones Joel Embiid would rather forget about. He’s been battling through an illness, which has clearly been a huge factor. A lack of overall energy has made him a shell of his normal, dominant self. All told, Embiid has put up just 24 points on 7-17 shooting with 14 rebounds in Games 4 and 5, combined.
All this has led to no end of speculation and hot takes on social media, and on television.
Despite all that, we predict (fingers crossed) that Embiid will get well enough to finally wake up from his nightmare and put on a dominant show in Game 6. He’ll finally silence his critics with his strongest performance since the Nets series.
Kawhi gets red hot again
Toronto didn’t need Kawhi Leonard to score 35-plus in Game 5, because six players put up double-digit points in the blowout victory. That’s a good thing for the Raptors, because Leonard was actually pretty cold from the field, hitting 7-16 total while going 0-4 from behind the arc.
Sorry to do this to you, Sixers fans, but we don’t expect Leonard to have another cold shooting night. He’s going to arrive at Wells Fargo Center Thursday night “en fuego,” and he’ll be roasting Philly’s defense on the regular once again.
Raptors advance with double-digit win
Ben Simmons has been a liability all series long. Tobias Harris hasn’t given the Sixers the boost they have needed. Philly’s bench isn’t deep enough to pick up the slack. In short, the Sixers just don’t match up particularly well overall against this dangerous Raptors team.
Despite big games from Redick and Embiid, we predict the Raptors will still win by a comfortable margin en route to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Process will have to go back to the drawing board once more.