Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 4/9/14
Philadelphia 76ers (17-60) at Toronto Raptors (45-32)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN, Sportsnet One
The Philadelphia 76ers begin a three-game road trip with a visit to the Toronto Raptors. This is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams, and the Raptors lead the series 3-0.
The 76ers have won only two games since January 31 and hold the second worst record in the NBA. On the season, the 76ers average 99.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allow 109.9 points on 47 percent shooting. Needless to say, the 76ers are absolutely dreadful, but rookie Michael Carter-Williams is shooting 51.5 percent from the field in his last five games. The Philadelphia 76ers are 32-45 ATS overall and 19-18 ATS on the road.
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The Raptors have won six of their last seven games in hopes of keeping the Chicago Bulls off their back for the third seed in the East. On the season, the Raptors average 100.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allow 97.6 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Greivis Vasquez is shooting 46.4 percent from the field in his last five games and is coming off a 26-point performance. The Raptors have four of their last five games against the 76ers and have won four straight games when topping 100 points. The Toronto Raptors are 45-30-2 ATS overall and 21-16-1 ATS at home.
The 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 home games. The favorite is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings, while the 76ers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Philadelphia 76ers are playing with more confidence as of late and have done a nice job of putting money in your pocket over the last week or so. This is simply too many points to give, as the Raptors don't have much to play for and should be focused more on the postseason.
I like the 76ers to keep this game closer than expected.