Heading into Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors (38-16), the Philadelphia 76ers (34-19) will be coming off a loss to the Sacramento Kings Saturday night. The Raptors will be fresh off a dominant win over the Clippers.
But the Clippers were worn out playing the second game of a back-to-back on the road in less than 24 hours. So, Toronto effectively took advantage of a worn-out team. Prior to Sunday’s win over the Clippers, they had lost three of their last four and barely beat the Mavericks for their lone win.
Kawhi Leonard has had good luck against Ben Simmons. But with Jonas Valanciunas still out, the Raptors may find it hard to slow down Joel Embiid. But at the same time, the 76ers are going to need someone along with Embiid scoring points in order to win.
Without Lowry, the Raptors have been 8-4 this season. But they are going to have to pick up the intensity to upset the 76ers.
Spread: 76ers by 4.5
Look for Toronto to play well and keep the game close, but in the end, the 76ers are going to pull away and win by six.
Toronto will be missing Kyle Lowry (most likely) but will still have enough offense to compete. But their defense is not going to slow down the 76ers much. Take the over.
Money line: Raptors +167; 76ers -192
Toronto is going to give the 76ers a good game. But with how they have looked lately, they don’t have the defense to slow down Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, and Ben Simmons. Take the 76ers to win.
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