Unlucky 13: 76ers To Lose Yet Again In Toronto Wednesday

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Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 4:39 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 4:39 PM UTC

The Toronto Raptors look to avoid rare back-to-back losses this season Wednesday night against the visiting 76ers, who haven’t won north of the border in a long time.

Philadelphia (17-8 SU, 11-14 ATS) at Toronto (20-5 SU, 12-13 ATS)Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)Free NBA Pick: Raptors ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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The marquee matchup in the NBA on Wednesday night is an ESPN telecast and potential Eastern Conference Finals preview as the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Toronto Raptors.

These teams play two more times after this, but it’s already Philly’s last trip north of the border. On Oct. 30, the Sixers lost in Toronto 129-112 for a 12th straight defeat in that city. Kawhi Leonard led Toronto with 31 points, and Pascal Siakam – who is having a breakout season – had 15 points and 15 rebounds. Kyle Lowry chipped in 20 points and 13 assists. The Raptors forced 23 turnovers, including 13 steals.

Joel Embiid was great with 31 points and 11 rebounds and Ben Simmons had 11 points, 10 assists eight rebounds and a whopping 11 turnovers. No one else did much. That was back when Philly still had Dario Saric and Robert Covington; they have since been traded to Minnesota for Jimmy Butler, and the All-Star has made a huge difference.

Toronto is 28-16 all-time at home in the series.

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Raptors Surprised Monday

The 76ers enter having won four straight and eight of nine. They are nearly invincible at home (now 13-1) and beat the Grizzlies there 103-95 last time out on Saturday. J.J. Redick had a team-high 24 points. Butler had 13 of his 21 in the fourth quarter, Simmons 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, and Embiid 15 points and 14 rebounds. He leads the NBA in double-doubles with 23. Simmons has 16 of them.

Philly played without forward Wilson Chandler due a left quad injury suffered Friday. It’s not thought to be serious, but Mike Muscala likely would start again if Chandler can’t. Of course, Markelle Fultz remains away from the team for nebulous reasons.

Now if Philly could figure out how to win on the road as it’s just 4-7 SU & 3-8 ATS.

Toronto perhaps was caught looking ahead to this one a bit Monday as it lost 106-103 at home as 7-point favorites against Denver on Monday – although the Nuggets are pretty darn good. That snapped the Raptors’ NBA-best eight-game winning streak.

Leonard, named Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday, had 27 points and eight rebounds. However, Lowry, perhaps hampered by a sore back, was just 1-for-7 with five points. No player other than Leonard had more than 15 points. The best player on the floor Monday was Denver’s Nikola Jokic with a triple-double as he helped the Nuggets outscore the Raptors 23-2 on second-chance points. The Dinos are 10-3 at home but just 5-8 ATS.

  • 76ers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Raptors are 6-1 ATS in past seven meetings at home.

Frankly, the worst thing that could have happened for Philly was the Raptors losing Monday. Now, they will definitely be focused to avoid dropping back-to-back games for only the second time this season. Take Toronto for a Wednesday NBA pick.

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