The two best teams currently in the East are clashing in this high caliber duel, when the first Toronto Raptors (20-5), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the second Philadelphia 76ers (17-8), who have lost only once in their last nine games.
Date/Time: 12-05-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -6
Toronto Raptors have a 20-5 record (12-13 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the whole league. In their last game they saw an eight-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Nuggets with a 103-106 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 25.6 ppg, adding a team high 8.5 boards per game. He is followed by Serge Ibaka with 16.4 ppg and 7.4 boards per game.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 17-8 record (11-14 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second place of the East. They have won eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they won at home against the Grizzlies with a 103-95 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 27 ppg, adding a team high 13.4 boards per game. He is followed by JJ Redick with 18.4 ppg, while Jimmy Butler adds 18.1 ppg and 4.7 boards.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Raptors won at home with a 129-112 score. Raptors have a 10-3 home record this season, while the Sixers are 4-7 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 116.6 ppg to Sixers’ 114.2 ppg and defensively, allowing 108.3 ppg to Sixers’ 111.8. Raptors have a better field goal percentage (49.2% to 46.2%), while Sixers have a better 3-point percentage (35.2% to 34.6%). Sixers are better both in boards grabbed (48 to 45.7) and in dimes made (26.5 to 25.2), while Raptors are better in turnovers committed (14.3 to 15.6). Sixers have been below average on the road and Vegas odds give the Raptors a -6 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -6 (-109)
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