Toronto Raptors v Philadelphia 76ers Betting Tips and Odds
NBA fans will get a sneak preview of a possible Eastern Conference Finals matchup when the Toronto Raptors host the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday at 12 p.m. AEST. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors have a league-best record of 20-5, while Philly and their Aussie star Ben Simmons have won 4 in a row to climb to 17-8 and a share of second in the East with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Raptors have a clean bill of health, while the Sixers will go in without 2017 number 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz, who will miss three to six weeks with a shoulder injury. Nonetheless, we think Brett Brown-coached Philly offer great value, given they are +6 in line betting with Palmerbet, and are paying as high as 3.05 in head-to-head betting with bet365.
Sixers Looking to Break Toronto Hoodoo
Philadelphia have lost 12 games in a row in Toronto, with their last victory coming way back on November 10, 2012. The two teams tied for 34 wins in the 2012-13 season, but the Raptors have averaged 27 more wins than the Sixers in the regular season in the five full seasons since. Philly started this season poorly but have gone 8-2 since Jimmy Butler moved over from Minnesota to form a powerful trio with Simmons and Embiid. The Raptors were on an eight-game winning streak before losing at home to Denver on Tuesday, and they might just be vulnerable in this game.
With that said, his good recent form has us confident he’ll achieve over 32.5 points + rebounds + assists, for which Pointsbet are paying 1.87. Pointsbet also have player specials for Embiid, Butler, Leonard, and Kyle Lowry. They’re paying 4.75 for Simmons to get his third triple-double of the season.