Winless Raptors visit 76ers as Tuesday NBA underdogs

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The Toronto Raptors will continue the search for their first win of the season when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night as 1.5-point underdogs on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto squandered an early 10-point lead on the way to a 119-114 loss in San Antonio on Saturday. The team now looks to avoid its first season-opening three-game losing streak since 2005 when it hits the hardwood for Tuesday’s matchup at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Raptors have struggled to contain opposing shooters during their winless start. The team has allowed 116 points per game while losing outright as favourites at sports betting sites to both the Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans.

This season’s shaky start comes on the heels of the Raptors’ disappointing performance in last summer’s NBA playoff bubble, which they closed out on a 2-5 ATS run. Toronto has also struggled with the ball, ranking 24th in the NBA with a .443 field goal percentage, and connecting on just 15 of 41 three-point attempts in Saturday’s loss to San Antonio.

A visit to Philadelphia may be just what the Raptors need to kickstart their season. Toronto has dominated the Sixers in head-to-head meetings in recent years, posting SU wins in 24 of 28 regular-season matchups since January 2013, including a 3-1 SU record last season.

The 76ers return home after opening their schedule with three games in five dates, capped by a surprising 118-94 loss in Cleveland as 6-point chalk.

Sunday’s loss to the Cavaliers marked somewhat of a step back for the 76ers after they opened their season with victories over Washington and New York. However, Philadelphia has been simply unbeatable at Wells Fargo Center, going 16-0 SU since mid-December of last year, and posting against-the-spread victories in 12 of those contests.

Things have also tended to be high-scoring when the Sixers play at home, with the total going OVER on 11 occasions during their torrid 16-win run at home, according to the OddsShark NBA Database. However, it is the UNDER that has paid out in each of Philadelphia’s first three games of the season, and in seven of its past eight overall outings.

The big concern facing the 76ers is the health of big man Joel Embiid, whose status for Tuesday remains questionable as he battles a back injury that kept him out of Sunday’s loss to Cleveland. However, Embiid has struggled when facing Toronto, averaging just 13.8 points per game in his past 10 appearances against the Raptors.