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(0-1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors (1-0)
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -8
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
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The Raptors start the year with a couple of cushy home games before hitting the road for six that begins in San Antonio and Golden State and ends in Denver and Utah. It wouldn’t feel nice to lose this one against Philadelphia before the road trip.
Philly certainly isn’t as cushy as it has become known to be over the last several seasons. The 76ers lost a hotly-contested game in Washington on Wednesday and are small favorites at home on Friday night against the Celtics.
But it’s just that game that makes this spot tough for the Sixers. They will have to set off for Toronto late tonight after what promises to be a competitive game against Boston. A day off in between their first two games against the best teams in the Atlantic would be nice but that isn’t what the NBA schedule makers had in mind. This won’t be an easy first back-to-back of the season.
At least Joel Embiid is healthy. He was good in his opener on Wednesday but his stat line was overshadowed by Ben Simmons’ 18 and 10 in his NBA debut. With those two, Robert Covington and Markelle Fultz off the bench, Philadelphia isn’t just a pesky opponent, but one with genuine talent at the highest level of basketball in the world.
The Raptors probably wish every game could be like their opener on Thursday night when the Chicago Bulls came to town.
Chicago’s roster was decimated with injuries to starting guards Kris Dunn and Zack LaVine. Nikola Mirotic was supposed to start at the three but Bobby Portis punched him at practice earlier this week. The result of that altercation was a broken face for Mirotic and an eight-game suspension for Portis, so neither of them were available.
Chicago is supposed to be one of the worst teams in the Association when it has all of those guys available so you can understand why Toronto cruised to a 17-point win without much scoring from either Kyle Lowry or DeMar DeRozan.
Saturday night’s matchup with Philly will begin to get Toronto thinking toward the level of competition it will see on the impending road trip, but it doesn’t want to leave this win on the table because two wins in its next six would be a success.
NBA Betting Trends:
- PHI are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Over is 6-2 in PHI last 8 overall.
- Over is 6-2 in PHI last 8 vs. Eastern Conference.
- TOR are 22-8 ATS in their last 30 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- TOR are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Head to Head: PHI are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
- Head to Head: Favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction: Toronto takes care of business at home.
I suspect these two teams will play a tight season series but that this one goes to Toronto by virtue of the spot. The Raptors need this one before the trip and Philly won’t be in top form after tonight’s bout with Boston.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -8
I’m thinking Toronto gives somewhere the neighborhood of 6.5 and covers by a few.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Philadelphia 99 – Toronto 110
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