Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction: Can Shorthanded 76ers Still Dominate?
When: November 11, 7:00 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: NBA TV
Spread: 76ers -3
76ers vs. Raptors Prediction
It’s hard to feel better about a two-game losing streak than the Sixers do right now.
Even coming off consecutive losses, Philly sits tied atop the East with eight wins. They still have the third-best scoring margin in the conference behind only the Bulls and Heat, and they still get to enjoy the fact that everything they’ve accomplished this season has been without the assistance of their second-best player.
The Ben Simmons situation shows no signs of resolution, but other than that, everything is headed in the right direction. Even without Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and in the last game, Seth Curry, Philly continues to outpace expectations. They had a mid-fourth quarter lead against the defending champion Bucks on Tuesday night, and the night before against the Knicks, the Sixers were within point one several times in the final frame.
Heading into this home game against the Raptors, both Harris and Curry are questionable to return. However, the line seems to think neither will play, as Philadelphia is still getting points at home against a team coming off a 16-point loss playing on the second night of a back-to-back.
Either way, Doc’s squad is the team to back. This “bunch of backups” is playing like anything but not with Andrew Drummond grabbing 19 rebounds per 36 minutes, Tyrese Maxey scoring a highly efficient 16 points per 36, Georges Niang hitting four 3-pointers per 36 minutes, and with longtime Sixer Furkan Korkmaz ready for a rebound.
Korkmaz may be the key to this game. He was arguably Philadelphia’s best player in consecutive games, hitting 16-of-29 from the field en route to 44 points before falling flat against the Bucks, shooting just 2-of-18 overall and just 1-of-11 from behind the arc. His yearlong numbers (17 points per 36 minutes with a 53.5 effective field goal percentage) say a bounce back is in order.
The Raptors team he faces has been stingy defensively (11th best rating in the NBA) but occasionally struggles to score, failing to top 100 points four times. They’ve also lost three straight. Given the possibility that Curry and/or Harris may play, jump on this line with confidence before it goes up. Either way, the Sixers are the pick.
76ers vs. Raptors Pick
- 76ers -3 (-105)
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Miami Heat Prediction
When: 10:30 p.m. ET
Where to Watch: NBA TV
Clippers vs. Heat Odds
Hot take: This line isn’t nearly big enough. Recency bias? Perhaps. But it’s amazing how our perceptions of teams of shaped to such a great degree by how they come out of the gate.
In the early going, the Heat looked like far and away the NBA’s best team, but over their last five games, they’re just 2-3 with a negative 3.2 net rating. Both numbers in that time frame are worse than the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Clippers, meanwhile, are a perfect 5-0, with the second-best net rating in the sport of positive 10.9 over that same time. Now the teams face off in LA with the Heat playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Worse yet, they may not have Jimmy Butler at full strength if they even have him at all. He
suffered a sprained ankle during last night’s loss to the middling Lakers and did not return to the game.
Take advantage of a spread that’s at least a field goal too low and go with the team that’s rising up the standings behind an emerging MVP candidate in Paul George, who is averaging 28, 8 & 6 on 45/40/83 shooting over his last six games. You’ll be happy you did.
Clippers vs. Heat Pick
- Clippers -3 (-110)