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Sixers have favorable 7-game stretch before at TOR

Andrew Porter
November 19, 2018 - 9:05 am

The new look Philadelphia 76ers should be red hot heading into their first big test with Jimmy Butler on December 5th, at the Raptors. 

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The Sixers, who have won two in a row and seven of their last 10, will be favorites in each of their next seven games: 

vs. PHX
vs. NO
vs. CLE
@ Bkl
vs. NYK
vs. WAS
vs. MEM

Over that stretch, from November 19th through December 2nd, Philadelphia has no back-to-backs either. 

Now, if they do indeed get hot over this next stretch the narrative will shift to Butler—who had 28 points in his home debut on Friday and then hit a game-winner in overtime on Saturday—as the main reason. And while Butler is, and would certainly be, a big reason why the Sixers are winning games, that seven game stretch is glorious and Philly would have ran through that soft schedule with Dario Saric and Robert Covington as well.

Wednesday, December 5th in Toronto against the Raptors will be this team's first major test with Butler. 

Tonight, the Sixers are 12-point favorites at home against the 3-12 Suns. The Suns are one of three NBA teams winless on the road and the Sixers are the league's only undefeated team at home (8-0).