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(21-8) Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers (14-16)
Date: Thursday December 21
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Atlantic Division rivals the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers prepare to play a home and home series in their next two games. The Raptors have won 10 of 11 while the Sixers enter on a three game losing streak.
Last season, the Raptors won 3 of 4 and took the first game this season plus hold the all-time record 49-36 against the Sixers.
Back on the road yet again, the Raptors play a back-to-back series beginning in Charlotte with a victory which pushed them ahead of Cleveland in the standings.
At least these games are in the east and not the opposite coast where Toronto have already completed 12 of their matches.
The goal at season start was to move the ball and increase their perimeter attempts. To that end Toronto rank top ten in assists and 6th in three point attempts.
The game in Charlotte punctuated the point with Toronto dishing 34 assists and shooting 16 of 33 (48.5%) from deep.
The starting lineup was on fire with rookie OG Anunoby connecting on 6 of 7 attempts, Kyle Lowry hit 3 of 5, Serge Ibaka connected on 2 of 3 and even DeMar DeRozan hit 3 of 4 from behind the arc. That translates into 73.6 percent. DeRozan and Lowry each had eight dimes and both sat the entire fourth quarter.
This type of rest for the All-Star backcourt is exactly what Masai Ujiri envisioned when he called for a culture reset. Moreso for Kyle Lowry who finished the past two seasons playing the third and second most minutes respectively.
Factor in Toronto’s starters are tied with the Spurs for the fourth fewest played and the other three teams are lottery bound.
Lowry is a native of Philadelphia who hates losing particularly against his hometown. In his first season with the Raptors (2012-13), as a reserve, Toronto lost 3 of 4 matches. Since then Lowry became the starting point guard and the Raptors have won 16 of 17 matches versus Philly.
If you’ve never experienced a Woj Bomb he dropped one today when he tweeted Joel Embiid is targeting Christmas as a return date. If this is true the Raptors will get to play the 76ers twice without Embiid in the lineup.
This is of major importance for the Sixers as well since they resemble a top tier team with Embiid in the lineup and a lottery team when he isn’t.
This was evident on Tuesday when the Sacramento Kings beat the Sixers on their home court.
Then again the 76ers have made a habit of losing to the very top and very bottom talent all season. In the Raptors, the Sixers will get one of the top talents. Philly will benefit from Toronto having played the night prior, although the only starter who played more than 30 minutes was Anunoby (31).
Other 76ers who could be out are J.J. Redick who left Tuesday’s match with an apparent hamstring issue and Justin Anderson who is dealing with shin splits.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 8-2 ATS in the teams last 10 head to head
- Toronto are 9-1 facing the Sixers in their last 10
- Over Under is 8-2 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction: Betting lines off – trust the Woj bomb
Toronto arrives on the second night of a back-to-back and although Philadelphia isn’t confirming Embiid’s absence, you have to trust the Woj Bomb.
As great as Joel Embiid is, I keep asking is Kyle Lowry’s will and heart larger than Embiid’s talent?
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Perhaps he’s not individually, but combined with a red hot Raptors team Philly could be in for an extended losing streak. Toronto ranks fourth offensively, sixth defensively and third in net differential.
With both the Celtics and Cavaliers due major trips to the opposite coast, LeBron James playing high minutes and the Celtics defense slipping Toronto is keen to strike during the easiest stretch of schedule they’ve experienced all season.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 110 – 76ers 99
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