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76ers visit Raptors in hoops battle

Philadelphia 76ersToronto Raptors
7-16December 13, 2013, 07:00 | Air Canada Centre7-13

Toronto looks to cover the Raptors-76ers pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 7-13 mark when they host Philadelphia in NBA action.

This season the Raptors are 7-13 overall and 8-12 ATS against the number, while the 76ers are 7-16 and 10-13 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Toronto is 12-8 on the OU, and Philadelphia is 14-9.

View Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 8-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 205.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game matches up the No. 12 (Raptors) and the No. 30 (76ers) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 93-88 result in favor of the Raptors is predicted by handicapping models.

The 76ers were a 106-99 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Timberwolves. They covered the 12.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (205) made winners of UNDER bettors. Philadelphia suffered a 106-99 loss against Minnesota on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Spencer Hawes in a losing effort at Target Center.

In their last action, Toronto was a 116-103 loser at home against the Spurs. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (219) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The Raptors endured a 116-103 loss at the hands of the Spurs on Tuesday, despite a 19-point effort from Amir Johnson at Air Canada Centre.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Toronto's No. 19-ranked offense (98 PPG) against a 76ers defense that ranks No. 30 at 109.3 PPG. The Raptors have averaged 42.9% from the field per game, less than the 76ers have managed so far this season (44.66% on average).

A few 76ers at Raptors trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
Philadelphia is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Toronto is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Toronto is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
Toronto is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Portland, Saturday, December 14th
Toronto at Chicago, Saturday, December 14th