Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 11/9/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (0-6) at Toronto Raptors (5-1)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -13 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors look to stay undefeated at home tonight against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers.
The Toronto Raptors look to have hit the ground running this season, winning five of their first six games including a dominant 103-84 performance against the Wizards on Friday. DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 25 points while Kyle Lowry triple-doubled with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Raptors jumped out to lead by 59-35 at halftime before cruising in the second half. With the win, Toronto improves to 5-1 on the season and 3-0 at home where they've won games by an average of 12.3 points.
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Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have picked up from where they left off last season - seemingly still in tank mode. However, while the 76ers have started the season with six straight losses, they haven't been the walkovers that we've gotten accustomed to seeing - losing their last two games by a combined five points. On Friday night against the Bulls, the 76ers fell behind by as many as 18 points after halftime but refused to get blown out, storming back to within one point in the waning seconds before eventually falling short. Tony Wroten led the way with a career-high 31 points while three other players finished in double digits in a spirited team effort,
In ATS trends, the 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last four games against a team above .600 and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games overall, while the Raptors are 5-1 ATS so far this season and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following a win of more than 10 points.
The 76ers have shown plenty of fight to keep their last two games close, but as the third one is the charm as they say so I'm thinking that the Raptors should be able to stay hot and blow away another team in front of their home crowd. I'm taking the Raptors at home to win and cover the hefty spread.