On Sunday, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Toronto Raptors face off for the first game of an evenly matched series. It’s time to continue the NBA odds series and offer a prediction and advice for the Sixers-Raptors game.
The Sixers have an overall record of 20-10 and 15-13-2 against the backcourt. Philadelphia just won a game against the Chicago Bulls.
The Raptors are 15-15 overall and 14-16 against propaganda. In the last game in Toronto, the team that started on a hair’s breadth defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Here’s how the betting shops have planned the opening game between the Sixers and the Raptors.
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Philadelphia 76ers -3 (-114)
Toronto Raptors +3 (-106)
More than 222.5 points (-110)
less than 222.5 points (-110)
Why Birds of Prey can cover reproduction.
Toronto is playing its best basketball this season.
The Raptors have won three in a row, and all three were impressive in one way or another. After beating the Bucks twice at home, Toronto showed fighting spirit and composure to erase a .500 deficit in the fourth quarter.
The Raptors will now face off against a slightly scraped Sixers team after a strong start.
Part of the Raptors’ recent success can be attributed to their shots from behind the three-point line. After a slow start, Toronto is now third in the league in points per game and seventh in points at 3.
These stats bode well for the Raptors against the Sixers. Philadelphia has done a good job of limiting opponents inside the arc, but there is some vulnerability outside the arc. Philadelphia is in the middle of the pack in terms of 3 points scored (13th) and 3 points allowed (15th).
A quick and free game would be good for Toronto. Not only will they get more than 3 points, but they will be able to turn the Sixers around and force them to make mistakes.
Toronto ranks second in theft, mostly due to the constant harassment of the perimeter by OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet.
The Sixers have a high turnover rate, averaging 15.0 per game, which places them third in the NBA.
Expect the Raptors to continue to bet defensively and try to nullify the Sixers’ advantage.
Why sides can cover the range of
The Sixers’ biggest advantage in this game is literally their biggest player: Joel Embiid.
Embiid is in top form and has a good chance of becoming MVP this season. Over the past five games, the Sixers are averaging 37.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 blocks per game while hitting nearly 55% from the field.
While no team has retained Embiid this season, he has been a nightmare for Toronto.
The Raptors’ two centers, Aaron Baynes and Chris Boucher, are at a severe disadvantage compared to the superstar big man. It should come as no surprise to you that, just days after setting his 50-year career record with the Bulls, another ridiculous line showed up in the Sixers’ mid-range.
The Sixers also got help Sunday in case of an injury. Kyle Lowry is currently considered questionable due to an ankle injury that has kept him sidelined in recent games.
Lowry is the Raptors’ third-best scorer and an excellent three-point shooter. He has the highest number of 3-point shots per game for the Raptors (7.1 per game) and is hitting just under 39 percent of them. Without him to run the offense, Toronto might struggle to score consistently. It was definitely a struggle against Minnesota, but the defense played well enough to get the win.
With Ben Simmons likely to play and Matthysse Tybull stuck on defense, the Raptors’ limited backcourt will struggle to get into shooting position. Fred VanVleet is good and Pascal Siakam is a threat, but the Sixers’ defense is very tough.
Expect Philadelphia to play the ball to Embiid on offense and force the Raptors’ perimeter players to make tough shots.
Final forecast and selection of the six reels
With Simmons and Embiid probably playing the best basketball of their careers, I’d love to see the Sixers close the small gap on Sunday. Kyle Lowry’s absence will be a big blow to the Raptors on both ends of the court, and I predict they won’t make enough 3-pointers to keep them in the game. Even though Lowry makes this outing and has been declared active, the Sixers have been a great team for most of the season. I’m betting on a motivated and healthy six player team, not a Toronto team that is probably missing one of its best players. Philadelphia by far.
THE PREDICTION OF THE SESSIONS: PHI 110, DOOR 101 (PHI -3)
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