Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors NBA Preview and Betting Tips
February 05, 2019
The Philadelphia 76ers will be hoping Ben Simmons can keep his mind on the job after a big week in which he became the first Aussie named an NBA all-star. The Sixers host the Toronto Raptors Wednesday afternoon Australian time in a match that has huge consequences for the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Raptors, Sixers Trying to Keep Pace
Toronto and Philadelphia’s success this season is reflected in the that both teams had two players selected for the NBA All-Star Game. Joel Embiid was named a starter and Simmons a reserve from the Sixers, while Kawhi Leonard was named a starter and Kyle Lowry a reserve from the Raptors.
Despite their success, both teams will be desperate for a win given the growing gap between them and Eastern Conference leader Milwaukee. Toronto, conference leader for much of the season, have slipped to 38-16 and two games behind the Bucks. Philly are in a three-way tie for third on 34-19, 5.5 games behind Milwaukee.
?South Philly pic.twitter.com/Iwh1iaqhBg— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 5, 2019
Sixers v Raptors Betting Tips
Philly and Toronto split their home-home series in December, with the Raps winning 113-102 in Toronto and the Sixers winning 126-101 in Philly. The Sixers are a solid 1.51 favourite at TopBetta, which is surprising at first glance. However, they deserve to be favourites when you consider their 21-5 home record versus Toronto’s 16-11 away record. Moreover, the Raptors are 1-5 in away games against the rest of the East’s top five (Bucks, Sixers, Celtics, Pacers).
Bet365 has set the over/under at 228 points. The under is pretty good value given the average of 227.5 points per game scored in Philly’s games and 222.3 ppg in Toronto games.
PointsBet’s “multi of the day” is also good value, with a combo of the 76ers, Lakers, and Pistons all winning at 4.20. The Lakers are at Indiana, but should win with LeBron back from injury and Victor Oladipo missing for Indiana. The Pistons are at the Knicks, who have lost 13 straight.