76ers-Raptors NBA Playoff Prediction & Prop Bets for Game 3

By | April 20, 2022

The 2021-22 NBA Playoffs continue on Wednesday, April 20 with Game 3 of the Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors series.

The 76ers head to the Great White North with a 2-0 series lead after exiting Game 2 with the 112-97 victory on Monday. While it was a team effort, Joel Embiid led the way with a double-double that included a 31-point performance.

Meanwhile, the Raptors heading back home could give them a momentum swing. It’s still going to be tough, though, due to Gary Trent Jr. and Scottie Barnes’ injury status being up in the air.

Will the 76ers prove that they’re too much of a match for the Raptors? Or will Toronto cut the series down to 2-1 by scoring a victory on home soil?

#5 Toronto Raptors vs. #4 Philadelphia 76ers Game 3 Betting Odds and Matchup Information

Matchup Information

  • Game Matchup: #4 Philadelphia 76ers (51-31, #4 seed in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (48-34, #5 seed in the Eastern Conference)
  • Venue & Location: Scotiabank Arena (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch 76ers vs. Raptors Game 3: NBA TV

Raptors vs. 76ers Game 3 Betting Odds

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -1.5 (-112), Toronto Raptors +1.5 (-108)
  • Total: OVER 214.5 (-110), UNDER 214.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Philadelphia 76ers -124, Toronto Raptors +100

Caesars Sportsbook

  • Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -2 (-110), Toronto Raptors +2 (-110)
  • Total: OVER 214.5 (-110), UNDER 214.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Philadelphia 76ers -130, Toronto Raptors +110

BetRivers

  • Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -2 (-112), Toronto Raptors +2 (-110)
  • Total: OVER 214.5 (-110), UNDER 214.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Philadelphia 76ers -127, Toronto Raptors +107

Will 76ers Heavily Use Starting 5 Once Again?

One reason why the 76ers walked out of Philadelphia with the Game 2 victory is that they heavily used their starting lineup and it paid off.

Each of the 76ers’ Game 2 starters played at least 37 points on Monday, highlighted by Embiid’s 31-point, 11-rebound double-double. The 2021-22 NBA MVP candidate was tough to contain, proven by him going 9-of-16 from the field and 12-of-14 from the free-throw line.

James Harden saw a team-high 41 minutes of action in Game 2, however, he’s still not playing up to his standards. Although he’s averaged 10.0 assists in the first two contests, his 18.0 points per game and .346 field-goal percentage aren’t exactly confidence-inducing.

Nevertheless, the duo of Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris picked up the slack, going a combined 15-of-22 from the field for 43 points. If Harden’s struggles are to continue, Maxey and Harris keeping up their own pace will help Philadelphia in the long run.

The 76ers will also be without Matisse Thybulle in Game 3 due to him not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, therefore, being unable to enter Canada. He’s one of his team’s top defenders, so it’ll be interesting to see how the 76ers make up for his absence.

Can the Raptors Cut the Series Deficit to 2-1?

Going down 2-0 in a playoff series is never easy, especially when a team like the Raptors is dealing with injuries to key players.

Barnes (foot) missed Game 2 as he continues walking with a boot following his Game 1 injury. While Trent managed to suit up on Monday despite being doubtful, he wound up exiting the game early due to an illness and didn’t return.

If Barnes and Trent are both forced to miss Wednesday’s contest, the rest of the Raptors’ top players must step up in their absence.

Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet both had forgettable Game 2 performances. Arguably Toronto’s best active players, the duo combined for just 40 points on Monday despite both playing at least 40 minutes, going a combined 14-of-43 (.326) from the field.

The Raptors’ best player in Game 2 was, without a doubt, OG Anunoby. Playing just over 38 minutes, Anunoby finished with a team-high 26 points as he shot .714 from the field and .571 from beyond the arc.

Toronto’s main issue in Game 2 was its supporting cast was nowhere to be found. While Chris Boucher had 17 points off the bench, the quartet of Precious Achiuwa, Malachi Flynn, Khem Birch and Thaddeus Young combined for only 14 points. That just won’t cut it against a team like the 76ers.

76ers vs. Raptors Game 3 Prediction and Best Bets

Prediction: Raptors 120, 76ers 118

Best Bets: Raptors outright (+110 at Caesars Sportsbook) and OVER 214.5 (-110 at FanDuel Sportsbook)

Although the 76ers have looked like the better team so far, playing in Toronto is a totally different atmosphere. Even with injury troubles, it’s tough imagining the Raptors getting swept, so look for them to score a win in Game 3.

Best Prop Pick for 76ers vs. Raptors Game 3: Raptors Win + Over 214.5 (+290 at BetRivers)

BetRivers is offering an intriguing prop market that lets bettors take the combo of a Raptors win and the total hitting over 214.5 at +290 odds.

As mentioned above, the Raptors will likely come out strong in Game 3 to avoid getting swept and Toronto is a tough place to play in for visiting teams. It’ll be a close one, but the Raptors should squeeze out the victory.

Additionally, there’s a realistic possibility of the teams combining for more than 215 points.

The total has hit the over in five of the 76ers’ last six games, which isn’t surprising considering the offensive talent they possess.

On the other hand, the total has also hit the over in four of the Raptors’ last six meetings against the 76ers. Taking into account just how the stakes are in Game 3, count on both teams bringing their best, leading to the total surpassing the over.

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