The Toronto Raptors have taken a step back with the loss of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka and the regression of Pascal Siakam. The Raptors sit at 5th in the east with a record of 16-15. The back-court duo of Fred Van Vleet and Kyle Lowry has been a major bright spot as Van Vleet is averaging 20 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds a game to go along with Lowry’s 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.
Philadelphia 76ers betting preview:
The 76ers are 3-3 in their last 6 games, and in all of those games, they were favored by 3 or more points. The last meeting between these two teams happened all the way back on Sunday, where the Raptors covered the spread of +6.5 with a 110-103 win to tie the season series at 1-1. Philadelphia is 15-15-1 against the spread this year compared to Toronto, who is almost identical at 15-16 against the spread this season.
Toronto Raptors betting preview:
The Raptors have won 4 in a row, including a win on Sunday against this very same team. This has been a back-and-forth series of games this season between these two eastern conference heavyweights, with each game being decided by single-digit points. I think that loss on Sunday was a wake-up call to the 76ers, especially because the Nets are only 1 game behind them for the top spot in the conference, and I think the 76ers are going to take all these in-conference games that much more serious because of the playoff implications these midseason losses can have.
Toronto and Philadelphia odds and lines:
My free pick of the night is the Over of 222.5 and Philadelphia covering the spread of 1.5.
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