Raptors favoured as hosts against rival 76ers on Wednesday

Philadelphia 76ers' Tobias Harris, right, shoots as Toronto Raptors' Marc Gasol defends during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Monday, November 25, 2019. (Chris Young/CP)

The Toronto Raptors are riding a modest winning streak as they prepare to host the rival Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night as six-point favourites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto rebounded from a three-point halftime deficit to claim a 122-117 win in Atlanta on Monday, extending the team’s current straight-up win streak to four games going into Wednesday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena.

The Raptors have run up the score during their current four-game surge, averaging 128.5 points per game while posting against the spread victories on three occasions. Toronto has also climbed to the top of the Atlantic Division standings, sitting narrowly ahead of both the Sixers and the Boston Celtics. But despite the Raptors’ recent strong play, they continue to trail in third on the odds to repeat as division champions, pegged as a +210 wager, and sit off the pace at +1100 on the Eastern Conference championship odds.

And while the Raptors return home healthy and on a high, they have struggled in recent dates on home hardwood, falling to straight-up defeat in four of their past six contests at Scotiabank Arena. The team has also been a disappointment in recent home contests while favoured by six or fewer points, losing outright in five of their past six such outings while averaging just 104.8 points per game during that stretch.

Wednesday night marks the third meeting of the season between the Raptors and the Sixers, who met in a memorable second-round playoff series last spring that Toronto eventually won with Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7 buzzer beater. Both teams have earned a win on home court this season, with Toronto claiming a 101-95 victory as a 1.5-point home underdog at sports betting sites on Nov. 25.

The Sixers followed up with a 110-104 home victory while favoured by three points on Dec. 8. However, it is the Raptors that have held the clear historical edge in meetings between these two clubs, going 8-3 straight up in their past 11 clashes according to the OddsShark NBA Database while extending their straight-up win streak on home court to 14 games.

The Sixers will be aiming to rewrite that narrative as they arrive in town riding a four-game straight-up win streak of their own, capped by a 117-111 victory in Brooklyn as three-point chalk on Monday. Philadelphia has played stellar defence during its current win streak, allowing just 98.25 points per game. But while the Sixers have won consecutive games on the road, they sport a 6-14 straight-up record away from Wells Fargo Center since opening the campaign on a 3-0 straight-up run.

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