The Toronto Raptors (11-16) travel to face off against the Philadelphia 76ers (19-8) on Friday, December 22nd. This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Raptors are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Timberwolves. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Raptors vs 76ers
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the game against the Nuggets, Scottie Barnes was the top scorer for Toronto, recording 30 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 47.8%. While Pascal Siakam was 2nd on the team with 18 points, Toronto fell short in the game with a final score of 113-104.
Heading into today’s game against the 76ers, the Raptors have a record of 11-16 this season. In the Eastern Conference, they are 12th and are 5th in the Atlantic division.
Toronto currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 13-14 at this point. The Raptors have two straight ATS losses as the underdog and are 5-6 vs. the spread as the favorite.
The 76ers Are Coming Off A Win
The 76ers clinched a 127-113 win over the Timberwolves in their previous game. The start of the second half saw the 76ers in the lead, at 64-60.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Raptors, the 76ers are 19-8 and have a record above .500. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently in 3rd place and are also 2nd in the Atlantic division.
Philadelphia comes in with an overall ATS record of 20-7 so far this season. Philadelphia has covered the spread in four straight road games and are 9-3 ATS on the road compared to 11-4 at home.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Toronto has recorded an average of 112.2 points per game (22nd) throughout 27 games games. Coming into today’s game, the Raptors will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.2 made 3’s per game. If Toronto continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 18th in the league in possessions per game.
76ers Offense Breakdown
The 76ers step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 122.3 points per game (4th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the 76ers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.2 per contest. Even though the team has preferred to play at a slower pace, their effective field goal percentage of 55% has helped them with their overall scoring numbers.
Raptors Team Defense
On defense, Raptors is currently around the league average in points allowed, giving up an average of 114.1 points per game.
In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Raptors defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.5% while allowing 37.8% from downtown.
76ers Team Defense
The 76ers’ defense is presently ranked 6 in the league, allowing an average of 111.0 points per contest.
On two point field goal attempts, the 76ers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.3% and allowing 34.5% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Raptors And 76ers
In today’s game, we anticipate Pascal Siakam leading the scoring for the Raptors, contributing 17 points while shooting 6/11 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 21 points per game, along with 6.7 rebounds.
As for Philadelphia, Joel Embiid is projected to be the primary scorer for the 76ers. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 26, and adding 9 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 54.1% and is averaging 35.1 points per contest.
Raptors vs 76ers Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Raptors have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 116 points per game in these contests.
- Through their last ten home contests, the 76ers offense has averaged 121 points per game while allowing an average of 112. Philadelphia posted an overall record of 7-3 while going 7-3 ATS.
- The last five games that Toronto was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 2-3 while going 1-4 straight up.
- As the betting favorite, the 76ers have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 2-1.
For a point-spread wager in this 76ers vs. 76ers game, we suggest taking the Raptors at +8. Even though our predictions have the 76ers winning 112-106, we see the Raptors as the better choice on the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 229.5 and given that our model is projecting 218 points between the teams, we like the under.
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