Eintracht Frankfurt can claim a first leg lead when they entertain Chelsea in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final tie and Philadelphia 76ers can take a series lead when they host Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series on Thursday night.
Eintracht Frankfurt to win @ 2/1
Frankfurt managed a comeback victory over a strong Benfica side in the previous round of this competition and can make home advantage count when they entertain 7/5 tournament favourites Chelsea this evening.
The Bundesliga club have just one defeat in their last 11 home games and have been impressive in their Europa League fixtures at the Commerzbank-Arena – having seen off the likes of Lazio, Benfica and Marseille this season.
Chelsea’s away form has improved with four wins in their last seven but this is their biggest European test for some time. The Blues have had a favourable run to this stage having faced Malmo, Dynamo Kyiv and Slavia Prague in the knockout stages and this trip to Frankfurt may prove a step too far for Maurizio Sarri’s men.
Chelsea can still reach the final even if they do suffer a loss in Germany but they might have to do it the hard way and recover a deficit when the second leg takes place at Stamford Bridge next week.
Philadelphia 76ers -2.5 @ 7/5
Philadelphia won in Toronto in Game 2 of their NBA playoff series with the Raptors and the Sixers can back that up with a victory in their first home game of this Eastern Conference Semifinals match-up.
Philly thrashed Brooklyn Nets in their two most recent games at the Wells Fargo Center in the previous round and should be in confident mood after managing a win in Toronto to level the series last time out.
When the Sixers do win at home they tend to do it convincingly, and they can beat a -2.5 handicap in the alternative spread in Game 3.
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