Free NBA Picks Today: Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors 12/19/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors 12/19/22
Mon 19th December 2022

Two teams trending in opposite directions face off on Monday as the streaking Philadelphia 76ers (16-12, 11-5 Home) play host to the Toronto Raptors (13-17, 3-11 Away), who will be out to end their losing run.

Toronto is playing the second of a back-to-back after being beaten by the Golden State Warriors 126-110 at Scotiabank Arena yesterday, their fifth consecutive loss.

Pascal Siakam had a standout performance in the loss with 27 points and six assists. The Raptors are the 10th seed in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia won their fourth in a row on Friday at Wells Fargo Center, beating the Golden State Warriors 118-106.

Joel Embiid had 34 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists to lead the team. The 76ers are fifth in the Eastern Conference. This marks the last meeting of the season between the teams. Toronto and Philadelphia have split their two matchups this season.

The 76ers came out on top in the last meeting, beating the Raptors 112-90 at Scotiabank Arena on October 28. Tyrese Maxey led the 76ers with 44 points and eight rebounds. Siakam had 26 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in defeat.

The Raptors have been led this season by Fred VanVleet (19.1 ppg), OG Anunoby (19.0), and Gary Trent Jr. (16.9). VanVleet leads the league in scoring.

VanVleet also has dished 6.3 assists per game, most in the NBA. Meanwhile, Scottie Barnes is grabbing 6.8 rebounds per game. Embiid has supplied much of the Sixers’ offense, averaging 33.3 points per game.

He has the top scoring average in the league. Embiid has also recorded 9.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, for which he ranks first and first in the NBA, respectively.

The Raptors are 4-6 in their last 10 visits to Wells Fargo Center. Toronto is looking to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat away from Scotiabank Arena this season. Philadelphia is pursuing a seventh straight win at home this season.

Meanwhile, the Raptors are 1-3 when playing the second of a back-to-back this season and 0-1 in such games against opponents with at least a day of rest. The 76ers are 1-2 with a rest advantage. In the last 10 games, Toronto is 2-8 with an average margin of -4.3 (112.7-117.0).

For the season, the Raptors are averaging 111.4 points per game, compared to 111.3 for opponents. Philadelphia has gone 7-3 over the last 10, scoring 116.6 points per game on average while allowing 110.9 (+5.7 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Fred VanVleet: 38.4 | 29.2 | +9.2
Points per game:
Fred VanVleet: 27.8 | 19.1 | +8.7
OG Anunoby: 12.0 | 19.0 | -7.0
Rebounds per game:
Scottie Barnes: 4.6 | 6.8 | -2.2


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
De’Anthony Melton: 28.3 | 20.1 | +8.2
Montrezl Harrell: 4.8 | 8.1 | -3.3
Points per game:
De’Anthony Melton: 17.8 | 12.1 | +5.7
Assists per game:
Joel Embiid: 3.4 | 4.7 | -1.2

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Toronto Raptors +6.5 (-110)

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