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(533) Philadelphia 76ers at (534) Toronto Raptors

Event:
(533) Philadelphia 76ers at (534) Toronto Raptors
Sport/League:
NBA
Date/Time:
March 31, 2024 6PM EDT
Play Rating:
3%
Odds:
-110
Play:
3% – Philadelphia 76ers -11.0 (-110)
Result:
Win
Analysis

3% Take Philadelphia (#533)

Toronto is as ‘dead’ as dead gets in the NBA right now.  The Raptors are playing without the likes of Scottie Barnes, Jakob Poeltl, Immanuel Quickley, Chris Boucher and Ochai Agabji.  RJ Barrett and Jontay Porter have been out with non-injury issues, neither guy a sure thing to suit up on Sunday.  Their top six scorers this season have all been either injured or traded.

What remains for first year, first time NBA head coach Darko Rajakovic is the weakest current roster in the NBA.  The Raptors have lost 12 straight since beating Charlotte back on March 3rd. The Pelicans beat them by 41 on this floor in Toronto, Orlando by ten points, Sacramento by 34, OKC by 20, lowly Brooklyn beat them by eight and the offensively challenged Knicks just hung 145 on the Raptors in their last game, a 44 point home loss.

Coach Rajakovic is all about making excuses right now, as opposed to searching for solutions.  Here’s what he said after the latest blowout to the Knicks: “It was a little bit of effort but, when somebody's twice your size, there is not much that you can do, especially (on things) like rebounding.  They got 16 offensive rebounds and when (seven-foot center) Mitchell Robinson checked in on the court, he looked like a giant out there."  Plain and simple – the Raptors are a team to fade on this floor until proven otherwise. 

Philly is 3-0 against Toronto this year, winning each of the last two meetings by double digit margins. Philly head coach Nick Nurse was fired by the Raptors at the end of last season; point guard Kyle Lowry certainly has ‘extra juice’ playing on this floor.  And we’re catching the 76ers HUNGRY today after falling just short in each of their last two games – a one point loss to the Clippers and a three point loss to the Cavs.  Tyrese Maxey: “That’s two games in a row that we should have won.”  With Robert Covington and De’Anthony Melton back in the lineup, Philly is getting deeper and healthier; primed to win by margin north of the border on Sunday.  Take the 76ers

Line Parameter: 3% at -12 or lower, 2% at -12.5 or higher

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