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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/22/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors (25-9) at Philadelphia 76ers (21-12)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 7:30 PM (EST)
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The Line: Philadelphia 76ers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 220
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The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers meet Saturday in NBA action at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114.4 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.4 points and 8.5 rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 16.7 points and 7.5 rebounds. Pascal Siakam is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 10 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have split their last six road games.

The Philadelphia 76ers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Philadelphia 76ers are averaging 114.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Joel Embiid is averaging 26.3 points and 13.2 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 18.9 points and 2.9 assists. JJ Redick is the third double-digit scorer and Ben Simmons is grabbing 9.1 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Philadelphia 76ers are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game. The Philadelphia 76ers have won 10 of their last 13 home games.

The Raptors are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The 76ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games, 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games playing on 2 days rest and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 5-2 in 76ers last 7 home games. The under is 8-2 in Raptors last 10 overall.

The Toronto Raptors have smoked the 76ers in both meetings this season, but they are on the end of a back to back and have been a bit hot and cold recently. The Philadelphia 76ers have played a ton of games close to the vest this season, but they are one of the top covering home teams dating back to last year and are outscoring teams by 8.1 points on 47.1 percent shooting at home this season. If the 76ers are to be taken seriously in the East this season, they need to put together victories like this. The Raptors have been a bit cold and are playing their second game in as many nights. The 76ers should get it done. 

Philadelphia 76ers -4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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