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Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers
The Toronto Raptors (23-15) will play the Philadelphia 76ers (4-34) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Raptors come into this game with a modest two-game road winning streak. The more impressive of those two wins came against the Washington Wizards on Friday. In that game, they got a season-high 35 points from DeMar DeRozan and another double-double from Kyle Lowry. That backcourt has been one of the best in the NBA this season and they truly carry this team nearly every single night. The defense was spectacular in these two road wins as well and that’s been the key to success all season for this Toronto team, as they rank fourth in points allowed. In fact, they have given up 100 or more points in every loss since mid-November, so it’s clear the defense is the major correlation to success for this team. Considering that trend, they look like a good bet to win here, as they face one of the worst offenses in the NBA.
The Sixers are not synonymous with winning, but they are a far better team right now than a couple of weeks ago. Philadelphia has won three of their last seven games and have been playing much more competitively in their losses. That stretch directly correlates with the addition of Ish Smith and he’s been great in his stead with the Sixers. Not only has he been putting up good numbers, Smith has controlled the offense and limited the turnovers for the most turnover prone team in the NBA. Smith has also been doing a great job of reviving Nerlens Noel, who was terrible for the first two months of the season. Toronto comes into this game as a nine-point favorite, but it could be closer then that with the Raptors playing in the second half of a back-to-back here.