NBA best bets: Tuesday, 16 January

AFTER a short break from the NBA we’re ready to tackle it head on with some strong leans.

Here’s our best bets for the action ahead:

Toronto Raptors @ Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers return home from their overseas exhibition to face one of the hottest teams in the league.

Toronto came agonisingly close to pulling off a remarkable comeback win over the Warriors thanks to another stellar performance from DeMar DeRozan.

Deebo is arguably playing the best basketball of his career and with suggestions his backcourt teammate could return in his home city this price will drop significantly by tip off.

After going through practice pain-free we do expect Lowry to line up – not that the team has missed him too much in his absence.

The play of Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet cannot be understated and credit has to go to Dwane Casey for instilling a new-found level of belief within this team.

For Philly, it was the same old story in London. The young team were unable to close out the best team in the NBA despite opening up a 22 point lead.

As discussed on the latest episode of the Sweet & Soward podcast, this 76ers unit make far too many mistakes down the stretch and its something the better teams continue to capitalise on.

While the Raptors aren’t as good on the road as they are when playing North of the Border they’re simply too well balanced to let this 76ers team get the better of them.

Toronto has won the last four straight meetings between the two teams, including nine of the last 10 overall.

Casey’s men are also 8-0 against the spread in their last eight games when playing on at least a days rest, while Philly have covered just once in their last seven against their Atlantic division rivals.

Take the Raptors at great odds before they drop.

Tip: Toronto Raptors @ $1.82 (Sportsbet) (1 unit)