The Toronto Raptors will try to rebound from a disappointing 94-89 loss in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series with the Philadelphia 76ers when they hit the hardwood for Game 3 on Thursday night as narrow 1.5-point road favourites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto saw a franchise-record five-game playoff win streak snapped with Monday’s loss as 7.5-point home chalk, but remains unbeaten straight up in three road contests ahead of Thursday night’s Raptors vs. 76ers betting matchup at Wells Fargo Center.
After opening the second round with a decisive 108-95 win as 6.5-point home favourites, the Raptors came out flat in Game 2, mustering just 38 points before halftime on their way to their lowest-scoring home outing so far this season.
However, despite their offensive woes, the Raptors still kept things close, and have now limited opponents to 96 or fewer points in each of their past six outings. That has extended the club’s steady performance in totals betting, where the UNDER has prevailed in seven of eight contests, while going 10-4-1 in the past 15.
The Raptors have also emerged as a reliable bet when playing away from Scotiabank Arena. After going undefeated in a pair of games in Orlando during the first round, the team is now 7-1 SU in its past eight road dates.
Toronto’s success in away contests is an important factor in its continued resilience on the NBA playoff series prices, where the Raptors remain perched as heavy -225 favourites to eventually eliminate the Sixers. In addition, the Raptors have made gains on the NBA championship odds, moving past the Houston Rockets into the third spot on the board as a +750 wager to claim their first-ever NBA title.
After earning a split of the first two games of the series, the 76ers enter Game 3 in pursuit of a third straight victory on home court. Philadelphia rebounded from a stunning 111-102 loss to Brooklyn in the series opener of their first-round matchup, but has been dominant in its past two on home court, routing the Nets by an average of 22.5 points per game to close out the series in five games.
However, the 76ers have produced middling results in recent home meetings with Toronto, going 3-9 SU in their past 12, capped by a 119-107 loss to the Raptors as 2.5-point home favourites at sports betting sites on Feb. 5, and now lag as +185 underdogs on the NBA series prices.