Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers

IF you have been checking out our game day previews for the last few weeks you have probably noticed a high level of sarcasm directed towards the Raptors. Well they deserve it. It is killing us slowly to watch this team spiral to a 50 loss season and daydreaming about what could of been. If you were to go back to November and say Bosh would put up better numbers than last year, that Bargnani would finally show signs of life and that Joey Graham finally panned out…………we would be thinking 50 win season.

But they don’t play the games on paper sadly. Wednesday night the Raps take on the Sixers who are a team that also saw their big offseason move go belly up. But since Elton Brand got hurt for the season, the Sixers are playing good again. Anyone gonna watch? It is either this or Lost and to be honest, Lost is easier to explain that the Raptors.

Here is everything you need to know for the game Wednesday night.

The Goods

  • The 76ers will try to avoid losing for the fourth time in five games when they open a three-game homestand against Toronto, which has lost five in a row.
  • The Sixers looked lost offensively in their latest loss, scoring just 50 after the first quarter in an 89-74 defeat at Oklahoma City on Sunday, their second-lowest point total of the season.
  • Philadelphia’s biggest bright spot of late has been Andre Miller, who’s scored at least 20 in five straight games for the first time in his career. The Sixers, though, are 2-3 in those games and 9-10 this season when Miller has 20 or more.
  • The Raptors are on their fifth losing streak of at least five games after falling 109-101 to visiting Utah on Sunday, a game they led by eight with less than 10 minutes to play.
  • Chris Bosh has averaged 27.2 points during the losing streak and center Andrea Bargnani’s averaged 21.4. The Raptors have yielded 113.2 points per game during their latest slide, and they’ve allowed 100 points in eight consecutive games.
  • They haven’t given up 100 points in nine straight since March 25-April 9, 2005.
  • Toronto allowed the Sixers to hit triple digits Nov. 12 in a 106-96 home loss. The Raptors, though, have owned the series recently at the Wachovia Center, where they’ve won five of six.

For Bettors

  • The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
  • The Raptors are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia.
  • The road team is 20-7-1 ATS in the last 28 meetings.

Prediction

You know the drill. Raptors lose but play decent for 3.5 quarters. Time to focus on college hoops for a few weeks.

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