Philadelphia (11-5) at Toronto (11-4)
When: Monday, November 25th, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Arena,
Time: 7:35 ET | TV: NBCS Philadelphia
Opening Odds: Toronto -2/216
The Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, and Boston Celtics are expected battle all season long for the Atlantic Division title and are currently separated by just a half-game, and all three have perfect home records. The 76ers will visit the Raptors on Monday night for the first time since losing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last Spring, but come into this contest with some momentum. Philly has won four straight after an impressive 113-86 triumph over Southeast Division-leading Miami on Saturday. The Philadelphia defense is surrendering 105.1 points a game, but have each opponent under that average during the winning streak and tail Toronto and Boston by a half-game. The Raptors are also playing good defense and that’s helped them win three in a row after a 119-116 win at Atlanta on Saturday night. Not only is Toronto 5-1 ATS in home games this season, they are a perfect 7-0 ATS on one day of rest, which they’ll have on Monday. The Sixers were 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS in the four games at Scotiabank Arena in last season’s Eastern semis.
Philadelphia’s starting five of Tobias Harris, Al Horford, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Josh Richardson were all a +28 or better, as the Sixers put forth one of their best efforts of the season. Richardson had missed two games last week with a hip injury but returned Saturday and recorded a season-high 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting in 28 minutes, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. The Sixers, who shoot 35.6 percent from long range on the season, nailed 14-of-29 against a very good Heat team. Harris and Horford combined to go 14-of-20 from the floor, but shooting guard Furkan Korkmaz (ankle) sat out Saturday and is day-to-day. Philly returns home on Wednesday to take on the Sacramento Kings.
Toronto has struggled on the road this season including Saturday’s tough win in Atlanta, but will play five of their next six at home, where they are 6-0. Guard Fred VanVleet logged a team-high 43 minutes against Atlanta and recorded 25 points and nine assists, but forward Pascal Siakam led the way with 34 points on 11-of-18 shooting. The Raptors have still been without star guard Kyle Lowry (thumb) and power forward Serge Ibaka (ankle) for the past seven games and both are at least a few days from returning to the lineup. Toronto will host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
With the Raptors still banged-up, I have to side with the Sixers in this rematch of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Philly is finally healthy and are on a roll.
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Pick: 76ers PK
76ers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
76ers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
76ers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
76ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
76ers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Atlantic.
76ers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games.
76ers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference.
Raptors are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Raptors are 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest.
Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Raptors are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Raptors are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Raptors are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 home games.
Raptors are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference.
Raptors are 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 games overall.
Raptors are 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Under is 5-1 in 76ers last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Under is 6-2 in 76ers last 8 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Under is 20-7 in 76ers last 27 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 8-3 in 76ers last 11 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Over is 5-2 in 76ers last 7 road games.
Under is 10-4 in 76ers last 14 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Under is 7-3 in 76ers last 10 Monday games.
Under is 9-4 in 76ers last 13 games following a ATS win.
Under is 11-5 in 76ers last 16 games following a straight up win.
Under is 11-5 in 76ers last 16 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
Over is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 home games.
Over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 overall.
Over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 Monday games.
Over is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
Over is 6-2 in Raptors last 8 games following a ATS loss.
Under is 6-2 in Raptors last 8 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Under is 7-3 in Raptors last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic.
Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto.
Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
Home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
76ers are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Toronto.
Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.