Raptors vs. 76ers Odds & Pick (Wednesday, Aug. 12): Toronto’s Depth Will Make the Difference
Photo credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images. Pictured: Pascal Siakam
Raptors vs. 76ers Betting Odds
|Raptors odds||-6.5 [BET NOW]|
|76ers odds||+6.5 [BET NOW]|
|Moneyline||-250/+225 [BET NOW]|
|Over/Under||219.5 [BET NOW]|
|Time||6:30 p.m. ET|
A week or two ago, this looked like a preview of a killer playoff matchup, probably in the Eastern semis or maybe even the Eastern Conference Finals. Now it’s starting to look like Philadelphia may be lucky just to get out of the first round.
Ben Simmons is done for the season after surgery on his knee. His presumed move to power forward never really got off the ground. Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Al Horford are all listed as questionable too.
What we’ll see Wednesday is not the 76ers team anyone imagined.
Toronto is locked into the No. 2 seed already, so they’re just staying sharp and getting healthy. Their injury report is mostly empty for now other than OG Anunoby and Serge Ibaka being listed as questionable, and it would be a surprise to see them play in a meaningless game.
It wouldn’t be too shocking to see Toronto rest a few of their players in those one. Kyle Lowry has already missed a couple games, and Fred VanVleet sat the last game too. Marc Gasol is older and injury-prone. Pascal Siakam had some injury woes this season. Expect some of these players to sit or at least play reduced workloads.
Philadelphia may still have hopes of moving up to the 5-seed, but those hopes are faint. They’d need to win their last two and have Indiana lose twice. At this point, they appear to be more concerned with just getting as healthy as possible and taking their chances with Boston in the first round.
Indiana plays earlier than Philly on Wednesday, against a Rockets team sitting Russell Westbrook and one that appears content to rest for the playoffs. If the Pacers win, this game officially becomes meaningless. Philadelphia would be locked into the 6-seed.
Philly sat all their regulars out against the Suns on Tuesday, which left a starting lineup of Shake Milton, Alec Burks, Matisse Thybulle, Mike Scott, and Kyle O’Quinn. The Sixers took an early lead but it went about as expected from there. They weren’t good on either end. Philly built their team around four big contracts. It only makes sense that they aren’t very good without them.
Betting Analysis & Pick
There’s a very important difference between these two teams: their benches. That is: Toronto has one.
Philly looks like they’ll probably be playing their bench as a starting lineup, and their usual bench isn’t good in the first place. Toronto will likely get at least some starter minutes, and their bench is deep, versatile, and talented. Norman Powell was a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Terence Davis and Matt Thomas have been valuable rookies. Chris Boucher put up 25 points off the bench on Monday.
This game was bet up quickly from Toronto -6 to -8.5 but has been slowly falling since, back near its original line. The total has been steadily dropping from 223 to under 220 now.
There won’t be much at stake for either team here, but Toronto is much better and typically brings a solid “A” effort each time out, no matter who is playing. I wouldn’t exactly bet the house on a meaningless game, but I like the Raptors to add another mark in the win column.
I’ll take the Raptors to cover, lightly, up to -7.5.