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Toronto Raptors Need to Help Kawhi Leonard More in Game 7 vs. Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia Sixers battle the Toronto Raptors in what should be a fun-to-watch Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday night.

Sunday, May 12 at 7:00 PM ET

Scotiabank Arena

Coverage: TNT

Jimmy Butler helped the 76ers win Game 6 112-101 last Thursday with his 25 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals on 9-for-18 from the field and Ben Simmons bounced back from a poor effort in Game 5, going off with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and zero turnovers.

Kawhi Leonard carried the Raptors with 29 points, 12 rebounds and five assists on 9 of 20 shooting, Pascal Siakam finished with 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals and Kyle Lowry had 13 points, six assists and five rebounds on 5-for-11 from the field. Lowry had an okay showing but the Raptors need him to be great if they want to beat the 76ers again.

The 76ers outrebounded the Raptors 52-34 on Thursday and their 16 offensive rebounds led to 18 second-chance points. Joel Embiid didn't play well, scoring 17 points on 5-for-14 from the field but he grabbed 12 rebounds and finished with a game-high +40 plus-minus (+/-). Toronto failed to protect the glass from Philadelphia and they were outscored 56-42 in the paint.

NBA Trends:

The Philadelphia 76ers are:

5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points

7-16 ATS in the last 23 meetings

1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Toronto

The Toronto Raptors are:

6-0 ATS in their last six games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points

5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss

5-1 ATS in their last six games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game

7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against Atlantic Division opponents

4-1 ATS in their last five games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game

4-1 ATS in their last five home games

All five Raptors starters had a -9 plus-minus (+/-) or worse and the team finished with 12 turnovers.

Gasol, Siakam, Leonard, Green and Lowry were outplayed and bench gave no production. It is very difficult to win games like that but the home team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams and I lean towards the Raptors at home, making all the necessary adjustments.

NBA Pick: Raptors -6 (-110) at Jazz Sports

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