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(14-17) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors (22-8)
Date: Saturday December 23
Time: 5:00 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Center, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -9 (line update 1PM ET)
NBA Betting Total: 219
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The Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors are set to play the latter half of the home and home series. The opening in Philly was highly eventful with the Raptors pulling off the victory.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Raptors winning three of the four contests and are up 2-0 this season. With the win Thursday, Toronto has won 17 of the last 18 contests. The Raptors hold the all-time record having bested Philly 50 of 86 matches.
The most definitive stat surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers is they are 1-7 in games when Joel Embiid does not play. Facing a Raptors squad who played the night prior the Sixers jumped on Toronto early and took a 65 – 52 lead into the half.
Out of half the Sixers continued the assault and by 9:09 of the third quarter the 76ers were up 76-54. In response the Raptors lowered the defensive hammer going on a 30 – 8 run and by 1:18 of the same frame the Raptors had erased the 22 point lead. Fittingly DeMar DeRozan put the Raptors ahead with 4:13 remaining.
The 76ers and Toronto combined for 46 turnovers each scoring 32 points off them.
Embiid was listed as probable following early shoot around, but it was decided to rest the big man as a precaution. Rumor has it Embiid is desirous of waiting til the Christmas Day game in New York.
Toronto’s sixth ranked defense struggled early, but found their legs and took over from the 9:09 mark of the third quarter on. The Raptors held Philly to 29 points in that 15:03 and scored 60 points. DeMar DeRozan had a career setting night both in production (45 points) and the way he scored (connected on six of his nine 3-point attempts).
The refusal of the Raptors to concede turned out to be pivotal as the Celtics lost in New York. Boston’s loss was their fifth in nine games. Heading into today’s games if Toronto can extend their league best home record to 12-1 and the Bulls beat the Celtics, inconceivable as it may seem the Raptors will move into first.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 17-8 in Raptors last 25 home games.
- Raptors have won 17 of past 18 head to head matchups
- Sixers are are 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
- Over is 13-5 in Sixers last 18 road games.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction: Betting lines update 1PM ET – take Raptors -9
Toronto enters the game playing their third match in four nights. C.J. Miles should be back offering fresh legs. Perhaps Miles can complete the troika of perimeter scoring to align with OG Anunoby and DeRozan back to back six treys versus Charlotte and Philly respectively.
The Raptors aren’t likely to give up 22 turnovers and 66 points in the paint in two consecutive games.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors eyeing first overall
The key factor will be whether Joel Embiid suits up or not. As of noon ET the official word is questionable. With betting lines made available, my initial thoughts remain firm. Certainly confirmation of Embiid playing might shift my thoughts on the spread, but given his desire to play Christmas day it seems likely his choice would be to rest one more game.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 113- 76ers 101
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