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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors

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Philadelphia 76ers (17-8) at Toronto Raptors (20-5)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Line and Odds: Toronto Raptors -6 — Over/Under: 230

FREE Expert NBA Prediction  Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors

The Philadelphia 76ers are on the road as they take on the Toronto Raptors Wednesday on the hardwood north of the border. This will be a brawl between the two top teams in the Atlantic Division.

Philly Looking For Five in a Row

The Philadelphia 76ers have been in a nice groove lately as they’ve won eight of their last nine games and will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after taking down the Grizzlies in a 103-95 home win on Sunday. The 76ers led by one after the opening quarter and took control with a 28-19 edge in the second quarter to hold a 10 point lead going into the half. Memphis got within three points a couple times in the final quarter but Philadelphia has an answer each time. JJ Redick led the team in scoring with 24 points on nine of 17 shooting, Jimmy Butler added 21 points, Ben Simmons racked up 19 points to go along with 12 boards and six assist while Joel Embid chipped in with 15 points and 14 rebounds. As a unit, the 76ers shot 48.6 percent from the field in the contest and went 8 for 22 from three point range as they overcame 16 turnovers. 76ers enter this contest 8th in scoring with an average of 114.2 points per game, they rank 5th in rebounding with 48 boards per game and stand in 5th in assists with 26.5 per game. Wilson Chandler made his season debut against the Pistons November 3 after missing the first nine games of the year with a hamstring injury.

Toronto Raptors Try to Keep The Choke Hold in Atlantic Division

The Toronto Raptors have been the benchmark of the league since the season opener but they will be looking to bounce back after having their eight-game win streak snapped by the Nuggets in a 106-103. The Raptors now look to get back in the win column and extend their three game lead in the Atlantic Division. Toronto trailed by three after the opening quarter and by 12 at the half before rallying. The Raptors had a one point lead with 55 seconds to play but struggled down the stretch as they were outscored 6-2. Toronto shot 46 percent from the field and went 11 of 41 from from three point range in the loss. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 27 points and eight rebounds in the loss. The Raptors currently are 4th in the league by averaging 116.6 points per game. Toronto stands in the upper third of pack in the league on the boards, ranking 13th with 45.7 a game. Raptors are 8th in scoring defense as they give up 108.3 points per game. Kawhi Leonard leads the team with 25.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Kyle Lowry contributes 15 points plus 103 assist a night.

Cover The Spread 365 NBA Betting Trends

76ers

1-5 ATS in their last six game against a team above .600

3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games

19-7 ATS in their last 26 games playing on two days rest

Raptors

1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games

1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on one days rest

1-4 ATS in their last five games overall

FREE Expert NBA Pick Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Toronto is very good, especially at home, and even facing a division rival, you have to lean their way. The Raptors are 10-3 at home this season while the 76ers are just 4-7 on the road. Toronto is very deep in their rotation while the 76ers are very thin. Having Fultz out of the lineup for the next few weeks thins things out even further. With all that said, the Raptors’ depth and being at home gives them the strong edge in this matchup

Toronto Raptors -6

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