The Philadelphia 76ers battle with the Toronto Raptors in a very important Game 5 of their best-of-seven playoff series on Tuesday night.
Tuesday, May 7 at 8:00 PM ET
Kawhi Leonard had a double-double of 39 points and 14 rebounds on 13 of 20 shooting to lead the Raptors to a 101-96 win against the 76ers last Sunday. Leonard played a game-high 44 minutes and he got some help, as four of his teammates scored in double figures, including Kyle Lowry and Marc Gasol, who were able to bounce back from poor showings in Game 3.
Lowry finished with 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds while going 6-for-13 from the field and 2-for-6 from 3-point range and Gasol added 16 points, five rebounds and three assists on 7 of 13 shooting.
Leonard is averaging 38.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 62.0 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from downtown in this series but the rest of the team has to produce more, they can't expect him to do it all every night.
Jimmy Butler carried the 76ers once again with 29 points and 11 rebounds on 9-for-18 from the field and the rest of the starters scored in double figures as well.
JJ Redick stepped up with 19 points while going 6-for-9 from the field and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc and Joel Embiid had 11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals, which are not bad numbers but the 76ers need him to play like a superstar if they want to win Game 5.
The Philadelphia 76ers are:
6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall
5-1 ATS in their last six games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
5-1 ATS in their last six games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss
The Toronto Raptors are:
3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games in the second round of the NBA Playoffs
Kawhi Leonard produced at an All-NBA level in the regular season and it's incredible to see him dwarfing that in the playoffs. If he produced at regular season levels, the 76ers would be leading the series 3-1 or they would've swept the Raptors already.
The 76ers need all they can get from their starters, especially Ben Simmons and getting so many points with them on the road has value.
NBA Pick: 76ers +6 (-110) at Jazz Sports
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