Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Two teams in need of a win collide tonight as the Philadelphia 76ers square off against the Toronto Raptors. The 76ers are -3.5 point favorites over the Raptors with an over/under total set at 190.
Head to head, the Raptors are 18-6-2 ATS in the last 26 meetings in Philadelphia. The 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors on the other hand are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
What’s up with the 76ers lately? I realize their best player and big preseason acquisition hasn’t even played a minute yet this season, however, this was a team that started 12-9 and comes into tonight’s contest with a 16-23 record. That’s a 4-14 run since the middle of December, what’s worse, Philly is also 16-23 against the spread, so they haven’t exactly been the best team to bet on either.
The Raptors come into tonight’s showdown with a worse overall record than the 76ers, yet, they are playing the much better basketball of the two. Toronto has lost three on the trot, but they own a 10-6 record over the last month, which would probably put them in the top half of the East over that time. The Raptors also dominated the last meeting against the 76ers just over a week ago, cruising to a 90-72 win thanks to a big performance from their starting unit who combined to score 79, seven more points than Philadelphia’s whole team.
Another tough game to call. While Philly is due for a win, the Raptors can claim they are too having lost three straight. Toronto has been playing much better over the last month, but the majority of their wins have come at home. While Philly has been poor in their own right at home, they did just defeat the Houston Rockets, who are probably a playoff team out West. Hard to feel super confident about take the 76ers as a favorite, but I just think their due for a win.

Pick
Philadelphia 76ers -3.5 Toronto Raptors

January 18, 2013 by : Posted in NBA, Sportsbook No Comments

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