SHOWDOWN IN THE EAST: TORONTO RAPTORS TIP-OFF VS. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS ON THURSDAY NIGHT
The streaking Toronto Raptors (46-33) continue rising in the East. They're now the 5th seed, and will play the 4th seed on Thursday night. The Philadelphia 76ers (49-30) hope to block the Raptors from rising further, and beating them in this key game likely locks in the final conference seedings.
Here's a look at the overnight numbers from Spreads.ca:
Philadelphia is actually in a three-way tie for second in the Eastern Conference, though fourth when considering all the tiebreakers. In addition to the 4-5 matchup, the teams could also meet in the 3-6 matchup.
Toronto is only one game ahead of the sixth-place Bulls, and Chicago holds the tiebreaker. So, these two teams may be seeing a lot of each other in the weeks to come.
Tip-off is at 7:30 pm EST.
OPINION (Powered by Pointspreads.ca):
The key to betting this game is the 76ers’ Matisse Thybulle, who had been declared ineligible to play against the Raptors in Toronto. The COVID protocols are stricter in Canada, so this news isn't being met with much approval in Philadelphia.
The way the Raptors have been playing lately, 7-3 in their last ten games, plus a small line and a key member of the opposing team on the bench makes Toronto a very attractive wager.