Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors - 11/20/13
Toronto Raptors (4-7) at Philadelphia 76ers (5-7)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers collide with the Toronto Raptors from Wells Fargo Arena on Wednesday night.
Head to head, the Raptors are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 19-8-2 ATS in the last 29 meetings in Philadelphia while the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The 76ers are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following a S.U. loss, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
Is this the Philadelphia 76ers we can expect for the rest of the season? After their surprising start, which included wins over the Chicago Bulls and the reigning champion Miami Heat, the 76ers have now dropped three straight and seven of 10 as they continue to give up buckets like they are going out of fashion. Philly did keep the high scoring Mavs to just 97 in their loss in Dallas on Monday, but there numbers before that we eye opening to say the least as they had given up an average of 120 points in their previous six outings, granted, two of those games went into overtime. On the season, the 76ers rank dead-last in the league in points against, allowing 109.9 through 12 games.
What can you say about the Toronto Raptors? There just an average team right now, but they could turn things around pretty quickly with a couple of moves. Toronto is statistically a top ten rebounding and defensive team, but that's about where the positives stop for this squad. It doesn't surprise me that they are dead-last in the league in assists per game, with ball hogs like Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan, they are dishing out a mere 16.5 dimes a contest. Speaking of Gay and DeRozan, the pair shot 38 and 40 percent from the floor, respectively, which you just can't have for your top two offensive weapons and leading scorers.
While I did just bash Toronto's offense, they have put up over 103 points in four of their last five games, even if two of those contests went into overtime. They should also have no trouble scoring against this swiss cheese defense from the 76ers. Philly clearly wants to push the pace at all costs and I see this one being another one with plenty of points scored...
Dan’s Pick: Over 200.5
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