Philadelphia Seventysixers (17-8) vs Toronto Raptors (20-5)Date : 12/05/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Philadelphia Seventysixers vs Toronto Raptors
The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to battle the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Toronto will certainly be looking to atone for their last loss to the Denver Nuggets at home by a 106 – 103 score as Nikola jokic was the star for the Nuggets as he scored 25 points, 15 rebounds, along with 11 assists versus the Raptors as he overshadowed Kawhi Leonard’s 37 points for the night.
On the other hand, the Philadelphia 76ers picked up their fourth straight win in defeating the Memphis Grizzlies by a 103 – 95 score at home as Jimmy Butler scored 13 of his 21 points in the 4th quarter as the Sixers held their opponents to under 100 points scoring for the third straight game. Nonetheless, the Sixers have covered the spread in only one of the last seven games versus Toronto at Scotiabank Arena while the over has been the call in five of the last six games in Toronto, overall.
Philadelphia Seventysixers's Latest Performance :
While the offense for Philadelphia remains dangerous with Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler within the lineup, the defense for the Sixers has certainly improved recently as they have not allowed an opponent to score 100 or more points in their last three outings, as stated. In their last game, they limited the Memphis Grizzlies to only 38% shooting on the night as Marc Gasol along with Mike Conley finish the game a combined 11-28 from the field while contributing 12 and 21 points for the Grizzlies in the loss. Jaren Jackson Jr chipped in 17 points for the Grizzlies as well in the loss as they were out rebounded by a 44-32 to margin for the game by the Sixers.
On the offensive end for Philadelphia, JJ Redick went 3-6 from 3-point range while going 9-17 from the field, overall, to lead the team with 24 points on the night while Jimmy Butler struggled, yet chipped in 21 points in the victory. Ben Simmons had 19 points, 12 rebounds, along with six assists for the Sixers as their all important win. Just as it has been a balanced attack on the offensive end for the Sixers recently, it has also been that way on the defensive end as they have played stellar team defense during their current winning streak. They will certainly look to keep this going versus a Toronto team that will certainly be looking to erect themselves after being knocked out versus the Denver Nuggets in their last outing at home.
Toronto Raptors's Latest Performance :
The Toronto Raptors had played stellar ball prior to their last outing versus the Denver Nuggets as they won eight straight games while scoring at least 120 points in six of their last eight games, overall. Nonetheless, they ran into a defensive-minded Nuggets squad at home on this night as they were only able to put up 103 points while shooting 46% from the field along with hitting only 11 of 41 3-point attempts. As stated, Leonard led the team with 37 points along with eight rebounds while Serge Ibaka was the second leading scorer with 15 points on the night. Kyle Lowry struggled in this matchup in going 1-7 from the field while ending with five points yet with 11 assists.
And while the Nuggets nailed 11 of 28 three point attempts for the night, the visitors were only allowed to shoot 44% from the field as Jokic lead the way while Jamal Murray powered in 21 points along with seven rebounds and eight assists for the Nuggets. As stated, Toronto will certainly look to come out of their funk versus a 76ers squad that has been solid throughout the year. It will be interesting to see how the athletic Raptors face off with an equally athletic squad for the Sixers on Wednesday night.
How Philadelphia Seventysixers & Toronto Raptors Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Philadelphia is 11 – 14 ATS while the OU is 15 – 10
Toronto is 12 – 13 ATS while the OU is 16 – 9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
It will be interesting to see how the Raptors perform in this matchup after losing their first game in quite some time versus a surging Denver Nuggets team in their last outing. On the other hand, Philly will only be playing their third game in their last 10 contests as it will also be interesting to see how they perform within a foreign environment. In all, expect this contest to be one that is very competitive as both teams will certainly attempt to get a read on the other, as they will certainly meet later in the year when wins count most.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Toronto Raptors
My reason for the pick :
These teams represent the first and second place squads within the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. With that being the case, look for this to be a highly competitive matchup to where both teams will bring the focus in which to pull out a victory in the end. Nonetheless, I will have to go with the Toronto Raptors in which to pick up a victory in this contest as they will certainly have the motivation to get back onto the floor in which to get a win after their debacle versus the Denver Nuggets. And while the Raptor certainly put up a fight versus Denver, they simply could not match the physicality that the Nuggets put forth, thus lending to the loss. They will be going up against yet another physical team in the Philadelphia 76ers in this matchup as they will certainly match their intensity while hitting some pretty good shots down the stretch in which to pull out a win.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as it has been the play in three of the last four home contests for Toronto while also being the play in the last two road games for the Philadelphia 76ers. With that being the case, look for both teams to push the pace early and often in this matchup while also allowing equal time for their half-court offenses as well as both teams will shoot solidly from the floor throughout the night, thus allowing the over to be the strong play for the contest, overall.
Betting trends for Philadelphia Seventysixers:
- Over is 10-1 in 76ers last 11 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Over is 8-1 in 76ers last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
76ers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Betting trends for Toronto Raptors:
- Over is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Over is 13-3 in Raptors last 16 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.