Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, 12/29/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+1.5)
The Toronto Raptors (0-2) head to Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday where they'll take on the Philadelphia 76ers (2-1). Philadelphia opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 218.5.
The Toronto Raptors faced the San Antonio Spurs and went home with a loss by a final score of 119-114 in their last game. Toronto ended the contest with a 45.8% FG percentage (44 out of 96) and buried 15 of their 41 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Raptors made 11 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 73.3%. Regarding rebounding, they earned 46 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 32 dimes for this contest while getting 8 steals and 9 rejections. In the matter of defending, Toronto allowed 47.0% from the field on 47 out of 100 shooting. San Antonio doled out 36 dimes and had 4 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Spurs had 53 rebounds (14 offensive, 39 defensive) and had 3 blocks. San Antonio ended up shooting 68.8% from the charity stripe by converting 11 of their 16 shots. They converted 14 of 34 tries from downtown.
Pascal Siakam is one player who played a role for this contest. He notched 16 points on 6 out of 16 shooting. He played 43:02 minutes played and snagged 15 rebounds. Siakam shot 37.5% from the floor and totaled 8 dimes. An additional guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Raptors was Kyle Lowry. He grabbed 2 boards and earned 10 dimes. He finished the game shooting 40.0% from the field for this contest by connecting on 6-of-15 (16 points). When the final whistle was blown, Lowry played for 35:28 minutes.
Toronto comes into this one with a mark of 0-2 for the campaign. They turn the ball over 16.5 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 22.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Toronto is collecting 40.5 rebounds per game and has accounted for 58 dimes this season, which is 21st in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Raptors are connecting on 33.3% on shots from beyond the arc (29 of 87) and 74.1% from the free throw line. They average 106.5 points per outing (26th in basketball) while shooting 44.3% from the field. When they are on defense, the Raptors are forcing 21.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.5 personal fouls. They surrender 43.4% on shots from downtown and they are 20th in basketball in points per game allowed (116.0). The Raptors defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 49.4% (43 of 37) and they concede 49.0 rebounds per game as a team. They currently rank 13th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 66 relinquished so far this season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Philadelphia 76ers went home defeated by a final of 118-94 when they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 76ers were able to snag 31 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 39 for the matchup. They stuffed 5 attempts while getting 9 steals for this game. The Cavaliers had 22 fouls for the game which took the 76ers to the free throw line for a total of 22 attempts. They were able to knock down 16 of them for a rate of 72.7%. In reference to shots from beyond the arc, Philadelphia converted 12 out of 37 tries (32.4%). When the final whistle blew, the 76ers shot 33 out of 79 from the field which gave them a rate of 41.8%. The 76ers permitted the Cavaliers to convert 48 of 91 tries from the floor which had them shooting 52.7% in the game. They wrapped up this game 39.1% from distance by connecting on 9 out of 23 and finished the game at 13 of 16 at the charity stripe (81.3%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Philadelphia allowed Cleveland to snag 45 in all (11 on the offensive glass).
Ben Simmons ended up being a factor for the 76ers for this contest. He knocked down 5 of 8 in this contest for a field goal rate of 62.5%, which had him sitting at 15 points. Simmons had 6 rebounds in his 28:26 minutes of playing time and had 4 dimes for the game. One more player that was important for Philadelphia was Tobias Harris. He left the arena with 16 points in 28:21 mins on the hardwood by going 5 out of 10 from the floor for this contest. Harris ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor while contributing 5 dimes and 9 rebounds.
Philadelphia has a record of 2-1 on the year. As an offensive team, the 76ers are shooting 45.3% from the field, which is 20th in basketball. Philadelphia has scored 316 pts so far this year (105.3 per game) and they pull in 44.3 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 22.0 times per contest (26th in the NBA) and they turn it over 17.3 times per contest. The 76ers have committed 21.0 fouls every game while shooting 74.3% from the free throw line. The 76ers on the defensive end are ranked 4th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 104.7. They relinquish 26.0 dimes and 42.7 boards per contest, which ranks 19th and 8th in the league. The Philadelphia defense concedes 38.0% on 3-pointers (30 of 79) and their opponents are making 74.2% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 17.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.9% from the field (13th in basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-1.5) and over 218.5 points
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