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2021 NBA Handicapping
(20-10) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors (15-15)
Date: Sunday, February 21
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 224.5
On Sunday, February 21, the Philadelphia 76ers meet the Toronto Raptors for the second time this season. The initial match on December 29th was won by the 76ers by a score of 100-93.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Raptors winning three of the four contests. The Raptors hold the all-time record having won 57 matches of the 97 played.
Despite Ben Simmons missing the game Friday versus the Bulls, it turned out Philly only needed one superstar. And that man put on a show.
Joel Embiid scored a career-high 50 points on 17 of 26 from the field and got 17 free throws (making 15). He also was a beast on the glass grabbing 17 boards for his double-double plus five assists, two steals, and four blocks.
Tobias Harris also collected a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds while Danny Green scored 13 as the only other double-figure contributor.
Simmons has missed two games with an illness while Shake Milton (ankle) has missed five games. Both players are listed as day-to-day on the injury report.
The season for the Raptors is a perpetual road trip as they play out of Tampa Bay. That dynamic combined with losing both Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol resulted in the team struggling to start the season.
Toronto seems to have figured things out while on a “scheduled” road trip. Of their last 11 games, nine were on the road with seven wins. Among those were impressive victories versus the Nets and two consecutive against the Bucks.
Friday they took another step, winning for the first time on the second game of a back-to-back set despite missing Kyle Lowry (thumb, ankle) and OG Anunoby (rest).
Tweaks to the starting lineup rekindled those memories of the past few seasons. Specifically, Nick Nurse moved OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam up a notch and inserted Norman Powell at small forward.
It’s opened up the offense particularly for Siakam and allows Nurse to bring in Aron Baynes and Chris Boucher together which can be a difficult adjustment for clubs.
Lowry (ankle/thumb) missed the last two games but the Raptors veteran is from Philly so if he’ll play if at all possible.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Raptors are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The 76ers are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 3-6-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
It will be interesting if Nurse sticks with the Raptors’ small starting lineup given Embiid and the 76ers length. Moreover, the Raptors will need to be sharp with their transition defense which just got a great test run versus the Bucks. That’s because Philly leads the league in points scored on the fast break.
Toronto ranks fifth in fast break scoring and second for points scored off turnovers. That means Philly will need to make some defensive tweaks because they allow the most points by opponents on the fast break and rank 28th for turnovers.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers ATS
This is the first of consecutive games between these clubs and while the 76ers top the East, the Raptors have that look in their eyes again and will be keen to keep the momentum rolling ideally with another sweep.
I think the teams are more likely to split the series but we’ll see if Simmons is back as he raises the 76ers defense exponentially. It’s a coin flip but I’ll take Philly in the first game by one basket.
NBA Free Prediction: 76ers 113 – Raptors 110 (Bet Now!)
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