The Philadelphia 76es were embarrassed in Game 1 of their second-round series with the Toronto Raptors, but they came ready to play on Monday night in Game 2.
They came out with a much-improved effort on the defensive end, which helped them get out to a big lead early. In addition, they got a big boost off the bench from James Ennis and Greg Monroe, who combined for 18 points in the opening 24 minutes of action.
Kawhi Leonard had a strong first half fort he Raptors, scoring 15 points, but he wasn’t dominant in the way he was in Game 1. Likewise, Pascal Siakam was absent in the first half. After scoring 29 points in Game 1, Siakam had just seven in the first half of Game 2.
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Here’s everything you need to know about this second-round series.
No. 2 Toronto Raptors vs. No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers
How to watch Game 2
- Date: Monday, April 29
- Time: 8 p.m.
- Location: Scotiabank Arena — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- TV channel: TNT
- Live stats: GameTracker
- Online streaming: fuboTV (try it for free)
- Odds: Raptors -7 (Over/Under 221)
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Game 2 storylines
76ers: Philly had no answer for Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of its best-of-seven series against Toronto. Even more troubling for Brett Brown’s 76ers was Joel Embiid being totally ineffective against Marc Gasol and the rest of the Raptors’ front line. If this doesn’t change in a big way in Game 2, then Philadelphia could be in a great deal of trouble.
Raptors: Things really could not have gone better for the Raptors in Game 1. Leonard was unstoppable. Siakam continued his breakout season in an eye-opening way and Gasol helped keep Embiid in check, yet again. Nick Nurse would love to bottle up this performance and save it for Game 2 because this was as good of a win as the Raptors could have asked for.
Game 2 prediction, pick
Entering this series, there were plenty of questions concerning how the Sixers would fare against the Raptors given the fact that the two sides had not met since the trade deadline when Philadelphia acquired Tobias Harris. Given what we saw in Game 1, it is hard to bet against the Raptors on their home floor at this point in time so take the home team to cover on Monday night.