Raptors vs. 76ers Betting Picks

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Raptors vs. 76ers Betting Picks
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Date & Time
August 12th, 2020
Location
Orlando, Florida
Media Coverage
TNT

After suffering their first loss of the NBA restart against the Boston Celtics, it was business as usual for the Toronto Raptors the following game against Memphis. The Dinos had their hands full initially with the Grizzlies, but then took full control of the game in the second and third quarter to coast to the 108-99 win and cover. On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, the Philadelphia 76ers have done nothing but struggle against the NBA betting odds in Orlando where the team has won three of five games outright but only managed a lone cover against the betting odds. And now, they might be without big man Joel Embiid who suffered a sprained ankle against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday making his availability for this Atlantic Division matchup in doubt. Even so, the Sixers still found a way to compete with Damian Lillard and company to ultimately fall by three points. Just what will the team have in the tank when they collide in front of a nationally televised TNT audience?

Raptors vs. 76ers Series Rivalry

These division rivals squared off three times in the regular season. Toronto took two of the three meetings both SU and ATS with the under cashing in twice. The first skirmish took place on November 25 in the Great White North. It was a back and forth affair through three quarters with both sides holding leads, but the Raptors buckled down defensively in the fourth quarter holding Philly to just 16 points to secure the 101-96 win and cover as 1.5-point underdogs. The rematch in Philly a couple weeks later was all Sixers through three quarters before Toronto’s last ditch effort to make the 110-104 final score more respectable in the final 12 minutes; Philly covered the 3-point spread. With Embiid out of the mix, Toronto was far and away the better of the two teams in the third and final skirmish. The 76ers took the first quarter, but it was all Toronto the rest of the way as they played a suffocating brand of defense to log the 107-95 win and cover as 6.5-point home chalk; the 202 combined points came nowhere close to surpassing the 215.5-point closing total.

Toronto Raptors Odds

The Dinos have been huge moneymakers for NBA bettors down in the bubble. Their quest towards locking down the No. 2 seed in the East began with a solid 107-92 handling of the Los Angeles Lakers; a game they went off the board in as short 2.5-point underdogs. From there, they took care of the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic in a pair of covering efforts. They then ran into the buzz saw that’s turned out to be a Boston Celtics team whose offense has been lights out. The C’s dropped 122 points on the Dinos to hand them their first defeat. Toronto bounced back immediately after by handing the Memphis Grizzlies a potential season-ending defeat on Sunday. Nick Nurse’s troops will battle Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks before turning their attention to the 76ers.

Philadelphia 76ers Odds

NBA bettors had the 76ers tabbed as a team that could possibly make some noise in Orlando to improve upon its modest playoff positioning. Unfortunately, things haven’t gone quite as planned with the team going 3-2 SU and a bankroll killing 1-4 ATS. The season-ending knee injury to Ben Simmons didn’t help matters, and the recent ankle injury Embiid suffered could ultimately prove to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. This is a team that’s already lost to the Indiana Pacers, won a game it shouldn’t have against the San Antonio Spurs, won but didn’t cover against the Washington Wizards, scored its lone win and cover against the Magic, and then fought tooth and nail with the Blazers shorthanded before ultimately succumbing. One can only wonder how many more tricks this team could possibly have up its sleeve.

Raptors vs. 76ers Odds Prediction

The Raptors were able to fluster the 76ers with its defense in the regular season when the team was at full strength. With Simmons already out of the equation and Embiid’s availability in doubt, I find it nearly impossible to believe Philadelphia has much of a chance at breaking Toronto’s defense down. The unit is in a league all its own in allowing just 106.3 points per game (No. 1), a 42.8 percent field goal percentage (No. 2), and a paltry 33.5 percent success rate from beyond the arc (No. 1). It all equates to the league’s No. 2 ranked defensive efficiency.

Philly simply just comes off as being a lost cause to me right now. They’re damned if they do and damned if they don’t in terms of winning right now. Should they leapfrog the Indiana Pacers in the standings, they’d be matched up with a Miami Heat team they failed to defeat in three regular season meetings. Stay put in the No. 6 seed and it’s a Boston team they fared much better against, but the Celtics look to be a completely different team right now. Even so, I think Philly would much rather take their chances with their division rival. With that, look for them to roll over and die in this tilt with the Dinos.