The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers open their four-game regular-season series Thursday, November 11, 2021, so we bring you the best betting pick and odds for their Atlantic Division showdown at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The Raptors will play without rest, coming off a tough road challenge at the Boston Celtics. On the other side, the 76ers have some serious COVID-19 issues and miss Joel Embiid and Matisse Thybulle, while Tobias Harris and Seth Curry (foot) are questionable to play.
Toronto lost two straight following a five-game win streak
The Toronto Raptors went to Boston on Wednesday night, searching for their fifth straight road win in 2021-22. They’ve dropped two straight games at home after winning five in a row, including a three-game road trip at Indiana, New York, and Washington.
Pascal Siakam (shoulder) returned to the starting lineup in a 116-103 defeat to Brooklyn last Sunday. He had 15 points and four rebounds in 25 minutes on the floor, and the Raptors will need some time to figure out their rotation, as Siakam missed nearly six months due to his injury.
OG Anunoby is having a breakout season, averaging 20.2 points and 5.8 rebounds a night, while Fred VanVleet is adding 18.9 points and 7.2 assists per game. The Raptors are playing at the second-slowest pace in the league, recording 96.3 possessions per 48 minutes. They own the 12th-best offensive rating (108.8 points per 100 possessions) and the 10th-best defensive rating (105.7).
The 76ers hope to snap their two-game skid
The Philadelphia 76ers fell to 8-4 on the young season following a 118-109 home defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks this past Tuesday. The short-handed Sixers battled bravely against the reigning champs, keeping it tight for most of the game. They trailed by just two points with 2:49 left on the clock, but the Sixers couldn’t make some shots down the stretch and failed to cover a 7-point spread.
Phila shot only 40.8% from the field and 32.6% from beyond the arc. Tyrese Maxey led the way with 31 points on 12-for-24 shooting from the field, while Andre Drummond posted a double-double of 17 points and 20 rebounds.
The Sixers play at the slowest pace in the NBA, tallying 95.5 possessions per 48 minutes. They boast the highest offensive rating in the league (114.9) and lead the NBA in field goal percentage (47.8%) and 3-point percentage (38.0%). On the other side of the ball, the 76ers surrender 108.9 points per 100 possessions (23rd in the league) on 43.8% shooting from the field (8th) and 33.8% from downtown (15th).
- 3-6 ATS in the last nine games against Philadelphia
- 5-2 ATS in the last seven games overall
Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Pick
Philadelphia might get Tobias Harris back, and his eventual return would be a huge boost for the short-handed 76ers. I lean on the hosts because they’ve fought bravely against both New York and Milwaukee, while the Raptors will have to deal with fatigue following a tough road matchup with Boston.
This is a tough spot for each side, and the clash could easily go either way. The Raptors have been terrific on the road so far this season, but Philadelphia is 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in its last four home games against Toronto.
Pick: Take Philadelphia 76ers
The under has hit in the last three encounters between the Raptors and 76ers, and I would ride this betting trend. Also, the under is 4-2-1 in their previous seven meetings at Wells Fargo Center. I’ve mentioned how slow they’ve been playing thus far, so going with the under is a logical choice.
The Sixers are executing their offense at a high level, but the Raptors are capable of playing solid defense and matchup with Phila well. Toronto has allowed 104 or fewer points in four of its previous five outings, excluding their Wednesday’s game against the Celtics.
Pick: Go under