Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers 11/11/21: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream

Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Matchup Preview (11/11/21)

Thursday’s slate of NBA games features a finally healthy Toronto Raptors (6-5) squad traveling to Pennsylvania to face the Philadelphia 76ers (8-4). Last game, against the Brooklyn Nets, Toronto returned Pascal Siakam to the starting lineup; he had 15 points in his return. Siakam had been out for the Raptors’ first ten games due to a shoulder injury he sustained last May. Now that he is back, the Raptors could become a contending team in the Eastern Conference, especially after the emergence of rookie Scottie Barnes. It will likely take a while for Siakam to shake the rust off, but it is promising he is playing again. Meanwhile, the Sixers have battled injuries and COVID all season long. Joel Embiid will not be available for this game due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Two of the Sixers’ forwards, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle, are also questionable after contracting COVID. Harris is the closest of the three to return to action but may or may not play in this game against the Toronto Raptors.

Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Odds

There were not any odds available on this game at the time this article was written. Plenty of catalysts can tell us what the odds will look like, though, and how we can evaluate what might be a good bet.

With the absence of Joel Embiid and the possibility of also being without Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia could continue to struggle, despite the fact the game is at home. On the other hand, the Toronto Raptors were able to get their best player, Pascal Siakam, back from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him for the past six months. While Siakam had a below-average night, by his standards, his presence still elevates the Raptors significantly. I am leaning towards the Raptors ATS as they should look like a brand new team with their best player back in the starting lineup.

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TV Schedule

Date: 11/11/21
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Arena: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Channel: NBA TV

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Toronto Raptors Starting Lineup

PG: Fred VanVleet
SG: Gary Trent Jr.
SF: Scottie Barnes
PF: O.G. Anunoby
C: Pascal Siakam

Toronto Raptors Analysis

The metaphorical sun is shining in Toronto as it finally got Pascal Siakam back from the shoulder injury he suffered last May. Siakam played 25 minutes against the Brooklyn Nets and had 15 points and four rebounds in his first action back on Monday. The Raptors will probably continue to give him 25-30 minutes to get him back into the swing of things slowly; however, that is still plenty of time for him to make an impact. Without Siakam, the Raptors went 6-4, so it is not out of the realm of possibility for them to become an Eastern Conference contender now that Siakam is back. Currently, Toronto is below average offensively, ranking 22nd in points per game, 21st in 3P% (three-point percentage), and 26th in eFG% (effective field goal percentage). The Raptors are much better on the defensive end, controlling the tempo to their preference and allowing the fourth-fewest points per game to opponents. Siakam’s return should help on both ends of the floor.

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Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup

PG: Tyrese Maxey
SG: Seth Curry
SF: Furkan Korkmaz
PF: Georges Niang
C: Andre Drummond

Philadelphia 76ers Analysis

The Sixers just lost a tough home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, who weren’t at full strength, but still had two-time MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday, healthy and active. Meanwhile, Philadelphia was without Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Matisse Thybulle, which obviously makes it extremely difficult to win, even being at home. The Sixers have had several injuries throughout the season, and many other players getting COVID or being subjected to it. Despite that, they still have one of the best records in the Eastern Conference and rank first in offensive efficiency and 3P% (three-point percentage) and second in eFG% (effective field goal percentage). They can improve in rebounding on both ends as they struggle outside of Embiid and Drummond in that category.

Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers Daily Fantasy Picks

Scottie Barnes has put together a terrific start to his rookie campaign in 2021. Barnes was picked No. 4 by the Toronto Raptors, to the surprise of many, including myself. While Barnes’ skill, athleticism, and upside were not questioned, the fit was a potential issue. The Raptors already had Anunoby and Siakam as wings, so it wasn’t easy to understand where he would fit in. The answer has been made apparent much sooner than expected: Barnes is the future for the Raptors. He averages 16.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.4 assists on an impressive 52.4% from the field this season. Barnes will only get better as the season continues, so expect some big games from him and utilize him in your DFS lineups while his value is still lower than his output.

Drummond is an interesting DFS play and holds significant value when Joel Embiid cannot play due to injury, or in this case, illness. Embiid is expected to be out for several games as of November 8th, so I would imagine that Thursday’s matchup against the Toronto Raptors would be included in that. In Drummond’s two starts this year, he has averaged 14 points and 20 rebounds, which is obviously enormous. Even in those games when he projects to start for the Sixers, his DFS value is still lower than what his output has been thus far. Another aspect to consider is that Drummond will likely have Pascal Siakam matched up on him if the Raptors keep a similar lineup as what they deployed against the Brooklyn Nets. If you are looking for an undervalued center for your DFS lineups, look no further than Andre Drummond.

Drew is one of the NBA Lead Writers at Lineups.com, specializing in betting content such as game predictions and player props. With a deep knowledge of players and prospects, Drew has an extensive edge in covering everything NBA.

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