The Philadelphia 76ers are remaining in the Amalie Arena on Tuesday night to take on the Toronto Raptors for the second consecutive game. These teams played on Sunday and the Raptors picked up a 110-103 win, including a 58-48 second-half run. The 76ers are the top team in the Eastern Conference with a 20-11 record. The Raptors have climbed all the way back to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference after an incredibly slow start to begin the season as they have a 16-15 record. They are riding a four-game winning streak after Sunday’s victory.
These franchises are very similar on both sides of the floor so it will be interesting to see what team can get in control early. Let’s take a deeper dive into Philadelphia and Toronto to decide where we should be placing our wagers.
Best Center in the League?The Philadelphia 76ers have been depending on the output from their star center Joel Embiid this season as he is averaging 30.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.3 steals in 32.8 minutes per game. He is shooting well as he is 53.6 percent from the floor, 39.7 percent from three-point range, and 85.3 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Raptors, Embiid played 36 minutes and finished with 25 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. He has been playing extremely well recently and might have overtaken anyone for the MVP lead.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been a solid defense so far this season as they are giving up 111.4 points, which is 12th in the NBA. In their last game against the Toronto Raptors, they allowed 110 points on 40-of-81 (49.4 percent) from the floor, 14-of-34 (41.2 percent) from deep, and 18 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out a way to defend some easy looks at a better clip, they might be able to win this game.
Siakam Continuing to ImprovePower forward Pascal Siakam has been one of the better players in the league after a slow start. He is averaging 20.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 0.7 blocks, and 1.1 steals in 36 minutes on the court. He needs to improve his shooting numbers as he is 45.5 percent from the floor, 30.1 percent from the three-point line, and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the 76ers, Siakam played 41 minutes and finished with 23 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, and a steal. If he can figure out a way to replicate his performance with a smidge more shooting, the Raptors should be fine.
The Toronto Raptors have a solid defense in the league at this point as they are giving up 110.3 points per game, which ranks eighth in the NBA. In their last game against the Philadelphia 76ers, they allowed 103 points on 33-of-85 (38.8 percent) from the floor, 11-of-37 (29.7 percent) from beyond the arc, and shot 35 free-throws. If the Raptors can figure out to defend without fouling, they should be able to extend their winning streak.
- Toronto: Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Toronto: Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Philadelphia: 76ers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Philadelphia: 76ers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest.