Mims Picks Raptors vs Sixers, Game 1 and series, plus Pascal Siakam, Joel Embiid, James Harden props
The Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors square off against each other during the opening round of the NBA Playoffs. The Raptors won the season series against Philly, taking three out of four games. The Sixers are favored to win the series with a price of -190. The Raptors price to win the series is +160. The series starts Saturday at 6 pm in Philadelphia.
Coaching Match-Up: Toronto is coached by Nick Nurse and Philly is coached by Doc Rivers. Nurse gets a straight edge over Rivers.
Prop Bets for game one: Pascal Siakam over 23.5 points. He will get at least twenty shots and exceed this total. The price is -110. Joel Embiid over 13.5 rebounds. Embiid will exceed that projection. The price is -115. James Harden over 10.5 assists. Harden will continue to set up teammates and get five assists by going to Embiid off the pick and roll. The price is -125.
The line for Game One: Sixers are favored by 4.5 and the total is 216. The money line is Sixers -190 and Raptors + 160.
Game Prediction: Toronto is coming in hot, having won eight of their last ten games. The Sixers won six of their last ten games. Sixers must hold homecourt advantage to win this series. They will be without Matisse Thybulle for all the games in Toronto. He is a key rotation player. Sixers win Game One but the game is close. Take Sixers money line and the game over.
Series Prediction: Sixers in six games.
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