Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 1/14/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (7-29) at Toronto Raptors (25-12)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -16 -- Over/Under: 201.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers travel to the Air Canada Center to battle the Toronto Raptors tonight.
The Philadelphia 76ers have won three of their last five games overall but are coming off yet another double digit thrashing, falling to the Hawks by 105-87 last night. Michael Carter-Williams led the way with 20 points while KJ McDaniels added 14 points, but it was never going to be enough to keep up with the Hawks who methodically took them apart on both sides of the floor without three of their usual starters. Of course, the Sixers will be disappointed with their effort in this one, but they were always going to be major underdogs against the best team in the East.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have lost five of their last six overall and will be looking to bounce back from a 114-111 loss to the red-hot Pistons on Monday. Jonas Valanciunas led hte team with 31 points on 14 of 15 shooting, while Kyle Lowry added 10 points and 12 assists, but even with the Raptors shooting 54 percent from the field, it still wasn't enough to get past the Pistons who just took over the second half and ran away with yet another upset win. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong, but between the teams the biggest disparities came in turnovers and trips to the free throw line, so that's where the Raptors should look to improve on tonight. Despite the loss, Toronto is still 25-12 overall and 15-5 at home.
In ATS trends, the 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record, while the Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference.
Head to head, the 76ers are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the Over is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in Toronto.
I never like betting these games with double digit handicaps, but the Raptors look absolutely set to snap out of their funk and register a long overdue blowout in front of their home fans.