Philadelphia 76ers at Toronto Raptors Preview
In an Atlantic Division clash, the Philadelphia 76ers will be on the road north of the border tonight for their first matchup against the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors are fourth in the NBA with an 11-4 record. They are 7-3 in their last ten games, are undefeated at home in the Scotiabank Center and are on a three-game winning streak.
The Philadelphia 76ers are fifth in the Eastern Conference with an 11-5 record. They’ve won four straight, but they are 4-5 on the road. The 76ers have performed well against their Eastern Conference opposition, amassing an 8-1 record in conference play.
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Channel: NBCSP, SN1/E/O
76ers: Kyle O’Quinn (O)
Raptors: Kyle Lowry, Patrick McCaw, Dewan Hernandez (O), Serge Ibaka (D)
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup
In their last game, on Saturday night, the Philadelphia 76ers had no problem dispatching another Eastern Conference contender in the Miami Heat as Jimmy Butler made his return to Philly. The 76ers won 113-86, getting off to a quick start in the first quarter and limiting the Heat to just 13 first-quarter points.
Josh Richardson, who made his return to the lineup after injury, had a big game with 32 points in just 26 minutes.
“I saw my first couple of shots go through and I was staying aggressive, finding the spots and the big guys did a great job of getting me open on screens,” Richardson said. “I was able to create for myself and other guys off the screens.”
Butler, who was treated to a smattering of boos, struggled in his return. He finished with just 11 points in 30 minutes.
Joel Embiid had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the game, and Tobias Harris had 19 points and eight rebounds in the game.
Toronto Raptors Starting Lineup
The Toronto Raptors were matched up on Saturday night against the struggling Atlanta Hawks, 4-12. They got more of a battle out of the Hawks than they might have expected but were able to secure the win 119-116, thanks to a fourth-quarter offensive surge.
“I was expecting a tough game from them and they gave it to us,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We weren’t real good. I thought we were kind of thinking maybe it was going to be a little easier than you do in a normal NBA game, which is a mistake. I thought we played one-on-one early and didn’t hustle back on D early and didn’t execute our schemes. We were kind of chasing it.”
The Raptors will have to have more focus against the Philadelphia 76ers.
In their win on Saturday, Pascal Siakam had 34 points. Fred VanVleet continued to play well for the Raptors, finishing with 25 points in nine assists. Norman Powell had 20 points and Chris Boucher rounded out the double-digit scoring with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Key Player Matchups
Al Horford vs. Pascal Siakam
Pascal Siakam is a rare talent, and at his position, he can give most power forwards fits. Horford is a solid defender, but he usually fares better against typical NBA power forwards and centers. Look for Siakam to use his length and athleticism to attack Philadelphia’s defense. Brett Brown could look to double with Embiid.
Josh Richardson vs. Fred VanVleet
Richardson and VanVleet are both capable of getting hot in a hurry. VanVleet is averaging 18 points and nearly eight assists per game. He’s scored over 20 points in four of his last five games. Richardson is averaging 37 percent from beyond the arch but in his last ten games, he’s raised that to 45.5 percent.
Joel Embiid and Pascal Siakam are fantasy standouts in tonight’s matchup. Embiid is available for $8.8k on FanDuel and he is projected for 48.31 points tonight. Siakam has a salary of $9.2k and is projected to finish with 41.34 points. Both players are fantasy beasts and contribute in multiple categories.
If you’re looking for a value addition, Raptors guard Norman Powell fits the bill. He has a low salary of $5.5k and is expected to rack up 27.15 points for his fantasy owners tonight.
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