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Dec 2, 2003 5:06 AM


Raptors (+6) at 76ers: Classic battle between Vince Carter and Allen Iverson with both at the top of their games. Toronto has improved defensively and could take Philly down to the final minute. Sixers led NBA Atlantic with just a 9-9 record. Ouch! TORONTO.

Cavs (+7) at Nuggets: CDenver won 27 games at home and just three on the road. Nothing much has changed so far. Even with LeBron, Cleveland has dropped 13 of its first 17 games. Carmelo Anthony has fit in at Denver and we love that home edge. DENVER.

Last week: 2-0, Season: 7-3


Capitals at Islanders: With the Isles dipping below .500 for the first time this year, seeing the Caps visit Nassau Coliseum has to be nice. Washington, with 16 points, ranks second worst in the Eastern Conference. Plus, the Yagr situation is a big distraction. NEW YORK.

Ducks at Blue Jackets: Ducks in a four-way fight for the Pacific lead with just one point separating first from fourth. Giguere has been playing better in the Anaheim goal. Columbus is last in the Central, but may have an edge getting the Ducks off long roadie. COLUMBUS.

Last week: 1-1. Season: 6-8.