Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Toronto Raptors are winless and under the .500 mark for the first time since 2014!
- After a strong start to the season, the Sixers’ offence stalled against the youthful Cavaliers.
- Over 96 regular-season games, the Raptors lead the Sixers all-time 57-39.
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Raptors vs 76ers Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Toronto Raptors||+2.5 -109||O 218.5 -112||+114|
|Philadelphia 76ers||-2.5 -112||U 218.5 -109||-136|
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Raptors vs 76ers Predictions and Picks
If all things go to plan, this could be a grind-it-out, defensive battle between two talented teams. We give the edge to the Philadelphia 76ers, who have the size advantage against a Raptors team that has been struggling on the boards and offensively.
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How to Watch Raptors vs 76ers
|Raptors vs 76ers Information|
|What||Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers|
|Where||Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
7:00 PM ET December 29, 2020
|How to Watch/Listen||Sportsnet, NBC Sports Philadelphia; CJCL, 97.5 The Fanatic|
Head-to-Head: Raptors vs 76ers
|Toronto Raptors||Head-to-Head||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Nick Nurse||Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|0-2 (12th in East)||Standing||2-1 (5th in East)|
|101.2 (28th of 30)||Off Rtg||104.7 (23rd of 30)|
|110.2 (18th of 30)||Def Rtg||104.0 (9th of 30)|
|105.3 (5th of 30)||Pace||100.7 (21st of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|Siakam, Vanvleet (18.0)||PPG||J. Embiid (28.0)|
|P. Siakam (10.5)||RPG||J. Embiid (12.0)|
|K. Lowry (10.0)||APG||B. Simmons (5.7)|
|O. Anunoby (2.5)||SPG||D. Green (2.0)|
|C. Boucher (4.5)||BPG||B. Simmons (2.3)|
|C. Boucher (.714)/C. Boucher (7.5)||FG%/FGM||D. Howard (.769)/J. Embiid (10.0)|
|C. Boucher (.600)/F. Vanvleet (3.5)||3P%/3PM||J. Embiid (.600)/Curry, Harris (2.0)|
Can Toronto Find Their Signature Defensive Form?
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 27, 2020
Through two games the Toronto Raptors have not only struggled to score the ball, but they’ve allowed their opponents to run away with the game late. Their shooting difficulties certainly exacerbate their struggles, but they are a far cry from last year’s second-ranked defence.
The Raptors have allowed their opponents to shoot a very casual 49.4% from the field while also allowing a dreadful 43.4% shooting rate from the three-point line. While the Raptors have made it a point to double the paint aggressively in their first two games, Nick Nurse’s defensive scheme has backfired.
Toronto will have their hands full against a versatile Sixers team. Unable to commit multiple defenders to one, the Raptors will need to clamp down on the defensive end and close out on shooters. Whether or not Joel Embiid plays will be a large factor in their success, but regardless of his presence, the Raptors need to control the paint.
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Philadelphia Can’t Be Outworked
Thought we’d give you the #ULTRAMoment of the game early.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 27, 2020
The Sixers are coming off of a disappointing loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. While they didn’t have Joel Embiid on the court with them, the young Cavs outworked them from the outset. Combined with a hot shooting streak from Cleveland, the Sixers were out of the match early.
What was painfully obvious about the Sixers was their lack of identity on either side of the court without Joel Embiid available. Sure Ben Simmons is a great player, but his lack of versatility on the offensive end shrunk the floor for the Cavaliers and made the Sixers predictable.
Against the Toronto Raptors the Sixers can’t be outworked like they were against the Cavaliers. Toronto is not as big as Philly are, but they are full of pace and hustle at every position. With Embiid’s status questionable, the Sixers must do the dirty work on the glass and in transition to take this match.
Raptors Key Player: (G) Norman Powell
Nick Nurse on Norman Powell’s struggles: “Norm hasn’t got on track really at all, let’s be honest. He hasn’t shown anything since the preseason or the regular season.”
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) December 28, 2020
The Toronto Raptors have been struggling with their offense over their first two games and all eyes are on sixth-year guard Norman Powell. After a breakout year in the 2019-2020 season, the Raptors hoped that he’d take another step in his production and play.
Through the Raptors’ first two games, Powell has averaged 6.0 points on 12.5% shooting from the field. While it’s just two games, it is a far cry from his 16.0 points per game on 49.5% shooting in 2019-2020.
For the Raptors to compete with the Sixers, they’ll need to be firing on all cylinders. With a bench lacking in offensive options, they need Norman Powell to find his rhythm in order to stay competitive.
Sixers Key Player: (F) Tobias Harris
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 28, 2020
Tobias Harris generally gets lost in the mix when you’re talking about the Sixers. While all the focus is on Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, Harris is a steadying offensive force for Doc Rivers’ side.
Despite a tough loss to the Cavaliers, Harris was the only player that really stood out against them. He posted 16 points, nine rebounds, and five assists on 50% shooting from the field and 66.7% shooting from deep.
Should Embiid be out for another game, Harris will need to step up even more. He’s a talented scorer, but he’ll have to show commitment on the defensive end against the rangy and athletic Toronto forwards like Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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