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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors

March 31, 2024


Two Atlantic Division teams will face each other on Sunday evening when the Philadelphia 76ers travel to Toronto, Ontario to face the Toronto Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena with the game scheduled to start at 6:00 PM ET and will air on NBC Sports Philadelphia and TSN.

Philadelphia 76ers Team Preview

The Philadelphia 76ers survived Joel Embiid’s injury and are in good position to make the playoffs as they are in 8th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 39-35 and have a 10 game lead over the Brooklyn Nets for the final spot in the play-in tournament and will be getting their best player, Joel Embiid, back at some point this week as Joel Embiid is projected to return to the court on Tuesday. 

Philadelphia’s acquisition of Kyle Lowry has played dividends for the team as he has played a key role in the absences of Embiid. However, the 76ers have struggled over their last six games compiling a record of 1-5 and are on a three-game losing streak following Friday’s 114-117 loss on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers and have lost by an average margin of 5.33 points per game during their current losing streak. 

The 76ers have dominated the regular season series against the Raptors this season winning all three meetings and have won by an average margin of 10.33 points per game in those contests. The Philadelphia 76ers will be going for the regular season series sweep when they face the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the regular season series on the road.

Toronto Raptors Team Preview

Toronto will miss the playoffs for the first time in three seasons as they enter this game in 12th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 23-50 which also puts them 10.5 games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final spot in the play-in tournament in the conference. 

The Raptors have struggled in March which has also played a role in their playoff aspirations fading as they have compiled a record of 1-13 this month and are on a 12-game losing streak following a blowout loss at home against the New York Knicks on Wednesday by a score of 101-145 and have lost their last 12 games by an average margin of 17.25 points per game including losses of at least 40 points against the New Orleans Pelicans at home and the New York Knicks at home. The Raptors have also struggled against the 76ers this season losing the previous four meetings with the most recent meeting coming on the road by a score of 111-121. 

The Toronto Raptors will look to avoid the regular season series sweep when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday evening.

Odds and Series Trends

JustBet has the Philadelphia 76ers listed as 11.5-point favorites on the road against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening. Philadelphia has won six straight meetings against Toronto and has won by an average margin of 10.67 points per game. The Raptors have only won one game in March and have lost multiple games at home by at least 40 points this month.

Game Pick

Toronto is one of the coldest teams in the NBA as they enter this game having lost 12 games in a row and have lost by an average margin of 17.25 points per game in those contests. The 76ers have dominated the series against the Raptors winning the previous six contests and have won by an average margin of 10.67 points per game in those matchups. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and laying the points with the Philadelphia 76ers when they travel to face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening.

Spooky Express Pick: Philadelphia 76ers -11