The top two teams in the Atlantic Division clash on the hardwood north of the border. The Philadelphia 76ers are on the road as they take on the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night. Philadelphia beat Memphis 103-95 at home Sunday night in their last game. Toronto suffered a 106-103 home loss to Denver in their last game Monday night. The Raptors own a 52-37 advantage in the all-time regular season series, including a 129-112 home win in the first matchup this season October 30.
Philadelphia 76ers Seek Fifth Straight Triumph
Philadelphia won their fourth straight game as they took down Memphis to avenge an overtime loss from last month to the Grizzlies. The 76ers led by one after the opening quarter and seized control with a 28-19 edge in the second quarter for a 10 point halftime edge. Memphis drew within three a couple times in the fourth quarter but Philadelphia had an answer each time. The 76ers shot 48.6 percent from the field in the contest and went eight of 22 from three point range as they overcame 16 turnovers. JJ Redick led the team with 24 points in the win. Philadelphia is 3-8 ATS on the road this season while the over is 7-4 in those contests.
The 76ers enter this game 8th in scoring offense with an average of 114.2 points per game in the early going. Philadelphia is 5th in rebounding with 48 boards per game and stands 5th in assists with 26.5 per contest. The 76ers are 21st in scoring defense by allowing an average of 111.8 points per game so far. Joel Embiid leads the team with 27 points plus 13.4 rebounds and two blocks per contest. Ben Simmons is averaging 15.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game and JJ Redick (18.4 points) is also averaging in double figures. Jimmy Butler puts up 19.7 points, five boards and 3.6 assists a night with Minnesota and the 76ers this season. Amir Johnson, Markelle Fultz, Landry Shamet and T.J. McConnell are all key pieces in Brett Brown’s rotation. Wilson Chandler made his season debut against the Pistons November 3 after missing the first nine games of the year with a hamstring injury. Philadelphia is 10th in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.2 percent from the floor. The 76ers are tied for 12th in three pointers per game (11) but stand tied for 14th in three point percentage as they cash in 35.2 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Fultz is expected to miss three to six weeks as he undergoes rehab on his shoulder.
Toronto Raptors Try to Extend Lead in Atlantic Division
Toronto had their eight game win streak snapped as they ended up falling short against the Nuggets. The Raptors now look to get back in the win column and extend their three game lead in the Atlantic Division. Toronto trailed by three after the opening quarter and by 12 at the half before rallying. The Raptors had a one point lead with 55.1 seconds to play but struggled down the stretch as they were outscored 6-2. Toronto shot 46 percent from the field and went 11 of 41 from three point range in the loss. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 27 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Toronto is 5-7 ATS at home this season while the over is 10-2 in those games.
The Raptors currently are 4th in the league by averaging 116.6 points per game. Toronto stands in the upper third of pack in the league on the glass, ranking 13th with 45.7 boards per game. The Raptors are 7th in the league in assists with 25.2 dimes a night. Toronto is 8th in scoring defense as they give up 108.3 points per game. Kawhi Leonard leads the team with 25.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Kyle Lowry contributes 15 points plus 10.3 assists a night while Serge Ibaka (16.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.29 blocks) and Fred VanVleet (9.2 points, 4.3 assists) are solid contributors. Danny Green (10 points), Pascal Siakam (14.8 points, 6.4 rebounds), Jonas Valanciunas (12.2 points, 7.3 boards), OG Anunoby, Norman Powell and Delon Wright are all valuable pieces in the rotation for coach Nick Nurse. Powell injured his shoulder last month and is expected to miss four to six weeks. The Raptors are 2nd in the league in field goal percentage by shooting 49.2 percent from the field. Toronto is 8th in the league by sinking 11.7 three pointers per game. The Raptors are 18th in the league in three point shooting as they hit 34.6 percent from beyond the arc.
- Raptors are 36-16 ATS in their last 52 vs. Atlantic Division teams
- 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Division foes
- 76ers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .60