NBA Playoffs Preview: Multiple Game 6 matches set for Thursday, April 28

 | April 28, 2022

The Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Pelicans, and Utah Jazz all face elimination tonight

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Three teams face elimination tonight and will try to fight to get to Game 7. However, their opponents are looking to end it here and get a much-needed break after playing through a long series. Let's do a quick preview of each game tonight.

Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors - 7:00 PM ET

The first game of the night is the Philadelphia 76ers facing off against the Toronto Raptors. The 76ers lead the series 3-2 and come into the game as 1.5-point favorites. It's important to note the 76ers have lost the last two games of the series.

Toronto will look to hand the 76ers their third loss, tieing the series at 3-3. If they can pull this off, they'll force a Game 7 that will take place in Philadelphia. The 76ers will be without Matisse Thybulle, but still, have Joel Embiid and James Harden to rely on. 

Ricky's Pick - Toronto Raptors +1.5

Phoenix Suns at New Orleans Pelicans - 7:30 PM ET

The Suns can end the series here and prepare for the next team they'll face in round two. Word is Devin Booker should be able to make a return tonight, giving the Suns a much-needed boost on offense. 

The Pelicans haven't made it an easy series for the Suns, stealing a game from the Suns in Phoenix. Today, they have the luxury of playing in their own arena, but history shows they aren't great at home. Throughout the season, the Pelicans are  19-22 when playing on their own court. 

Ricky's Pick - Phoenix Suns -2

Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz - 10:00 PM ET

Although this game is late at night, it'll likely be the most entertaining of all three. The Mavericks' defense has been a showstopping group during the series. In fact, through the series, they've held the Jazz to an average of 99.6 points per game.

Donovan Mitchell has been cleared to play tonight, so what does that mean for the Utah Jazz? For starters, the Jazz should have a better offensive outing. Still, even with Mitchell, they've struggled to break down the defense of the Dallas Mavericks.

Ricky's Pick - Dallas Mavericks -110 Moneyline

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