- The Toronto Raptors are undefeated at home
- Sixers travel up north for the first time since their 2nd round loss in last year’s playoffs riding a four-game winning streak
- Get the odds, our pick, and all the info you need to bet the game below
The Toronto Raptors host the Philadelphia 76ers at Scotiabank Arena on Monday in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference semifinal, and the latest Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors odds are fascinating.
Oddsmakers barely split the two teams ahead of the Atlantic Division clash north of the border with the Raptors coming into the game owning an 11-4 record compared to Philly’s 11-5.
Toronto have kept winning games despite injuries to Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Patrick McCaw. Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby have played huge roles for the reigning NBA champions and all three will need to be at their best against a Sixers club that destroyed the Miami Heat over the weekend.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors Odds
|Philadelphia 76ers||-1 (-111)||-116||Over 212 (-105)|
|Toronto Raptors||+1 (-109)||-104||Under 212 (-115)|
Odds taken Nov. 25th
Two Red-Hot Teams
Philadelphia blew Miami out in the first quarter, compiling a 26-6 lead on their way to a very comfortable victory. The defense put in an immense performance in the first 12 minutes, contesting shots on the perimeter and not allowing the Heat to get to the basket.
On a team of big names, it was the underrated Josh Richardson who shone against his former team, finishing with 32 points.
The Sixers went three-for-three on their homestand, but their road record stands at an unimpressive 4-5. Heading to Toronto for the first time since that heart-breaking playoff loss, Philadelphia have plenty to prove. They are yet to beat a team over .500 on the road.
This game represents a major hurdle for the Raptors, too. Despite beating the Lakers earlier this month, their record against contending teams isn’t great. Losses to the Celtics, Bucks, Clippers and Mavericks have all come on the road, however – this meeting with Philly is their first opportunity to host one of the NBA’s best.
The Raptors have won four of their last five, with the one loss coming in Dallas at the end of an arduous five-game road trip. They overcame a fourth-quarter surge from the Hawks on Saturday, and have been superb at home, owning a 6-0 record.
Top Level Defenses
Over their last four games, Philadelphia rank second in defensive rating. The Raptors are seventh over the same period.
The loss of defensive maestros Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard hasn’t hit Toronto too hard. Anunoby has always excelled on that side of the ball, his length troubling opposing wings all season long. VanVleet’s quick hands and anticipation have seen him register 1.8 steals per game, and even in his age-35 season, Marc Gasol is a very good defensive player.
It’s a bit of a surprise to see Philly rank down in ninth in defensive rating, but their win over the Heat showed just how high the ceiling is. Richardson’s return from injury is a massive boost, and his role on the perimeter will be crucial in Toronto.
The Sixers rank 19th in three-point percentage given up, and the Raptors hit threes at a better rate than any team in the league. Richardson has a key part to play contesting outside shots.
There’s no Lowry, Leonard, Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick or Ibaka this time. These two teams look very different from the ones that duelled over seven games a few months ago.
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— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 24, 2019
The talent level is still extremely high. The Raptors are still really good, and Siakam has taken a leap forward from the player that averaged 19.4 points per game in that playoff series. Philadelphia have played well of late, but home court gives Toronto the edge in this one.
In a game that’s likely to be very tight, and with two top defenses, the under is the best bet.
Pick: Under 212 (-115)
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