A pair of Atlantic Division rivals take the floor in the City of Brotherly Love. The Toronto Raptors are on the road as they travel to face the Philadelphia 76ers Sunday evening. Toronto was defeated 119-109 at home on Thursday night in their last contest. Philadelphia was in action at home as they hosted Cleveland on Saturday night: they were upended by Washington 119-113 on the road Thursday night in their previous contest. The Raptors lead the all-time regular season series 55-38 and have won four of the last five meetings. That includes a 101-96 home win in the first matchup this season on November 25.
Toronto Raptors Look to Stop Skid at TwoToronto suffered their second straight defeat as they were beaten at home by Houston Thursday night. The Raptors entered Saturday night second in the Atlantic Division, one game behind the Celtics for the top spot. Toronto trailed by six after the opening quarter, by eight at the half and by six after three quarters. The Raptors got within one at 101-100 with 8:39 to play before giving up a 12-3 run to trail by 10 with 6:34 to play. Toronto couldn’t get make another sustained run and went down in defeat. The Raptors shot 43.2 percent from the field, including 12 of 39 from three-point range, and were beaten 54-45 on the glass. Pascal Siakam led Toronto with 24 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
Beautiful unselfish basketball pic.twitter.com/mqGlcluEqK— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 6, 2019
The Raptors are 12th in the league in scoring offense with 112.9 points per game this season. Toronto is 9th in the league with 46.1 rebounds per contest and stands 7th in assists with 25.8 per game. The Raptors are 8th in the league in scoring defense by allowing 105.7 points per game. Pascal Siakam leads the team with 25 points plus 8.6 rebounds per contest. Kyle Lowry contributes 20.5 points plus 7.1 assists a game while Fred VanVleet puts up 18.7 points and 7.3 assists per contest. Serge Ibaka (13.5 points, 6.4 rebounds), Norman Powell (13.4 points, four rebounds) and OG Anunoby (10.9 points, 5.4 rebounds) are guys that Nick Nurse is relying on in the Raptors’ rotation. Toronto is 12th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.7 percent from the floor as a team. The Raptors are fourth in threes per game this season as they have knocked down 14.2 triples per contest while the team is second in the league in three-point shooting by hitting 38.9 percent of their chances from long range.
Philadelphia 76ers Close Back to Back Home SetPhiladelphia was in action at home against Cleveland with their perfect home record on the line. The 76ers entered Saturday third in the Atlantic Division, 1.5 games behind the Celtics. Philadelphia went into Saturday 10-0 at home on the year. The 76ers average 109.2 ppg at home this season, slightly above their season average of 108.8 ppg overall. Philadelphia gives up just 98.6 ppg in their home contests, compared to their full season average of 104.4 ppg this season. The 76ers are 2-1 in the second game of back to back situations this season. Philadelphia has gone 3-1 against teams from the Atlantic Division on the year.
The 76ers are 17th in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 108.8 points per game on the year. Philadelphia is 8th by collecting 46.2 rebounds per contest while the team is sixth by dishing out 26 assists per game. The 76ers are 5th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 104.4 points per game this season. Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia with 22.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game on the year. Tobias Harris puts up 19.1 points plus 7.2 boards a game, Ben Simmons adds 13.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 2.5 steals a night while Al Horford (14.4 points, seven rebounds) along with Josh Richardson (16.1 points) are all off to strong starts this season. Furkan Korkmaz, Mike Scott and Raul Neto are key reserves for Brett Brown’s group. Philadelphia is 7th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.9 percent from the field as a team on the year. The 76ers are tied for 22nd in the league as they splash 10.7 triples a night while ranking 12th by shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc on the year. Richardson is dealing with a hamstring issue while Embiid has a bruised hip: both missed Saturday’s game against Cleveland.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite