NBA 2018-19, Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors: Preview and prediction
Philadelphia 76ers (21-12) vs Toronto Raptors (25-9), Wells Fargo Center
76ers are coming off a blow out victory against the New York Knicks whereas, Raptors beat the Cavs in their previous match.
Let us see how things stand for both teams.
Philadelphia 76ers' perspective
76ers are coming off on the back of a massive game against the New York Knicks where Joel Embiid went off for 24 points and ten rebounds. Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons had their contributions of 20 and 13 points respectively.
As a team, 76ers are averaging 114.2 points and shooting 46.7 per cent from the field. Joel Embiid is the leading scorer for them, averaging 26.3 points and 13.2 rebounds per game this season.
76ers are shooting 35% from beyond the arc and grabbing 47.3 rebounds per game. They are solid at home with ten wins out of the thirteen played. They would love a win tonight against NBA's best team currently.
Toronto Raptors' perspective
Kawhi tied his season-high 37 points, and OG Anunoby scored a career-high 21 points. There were six players in double figures, and everything looks settled for them.
However, Leonard will not be available for tonight's matchup as he is not fit to play back-to-back matches yet. His injury will surely provide an extra advantage to the 76ers team tonight.
Markelle Fultz - Out
Justin Patton - Out
Zhaire Smith - Out
Kyle Lowry - Out
Danny Green - Out
Serge Ibaka - Out
Jonas Valanciunas - Out
Kawhi Leonard - Out
How things might unfold
With so many players sitting out for the Raptors, they will have a tough time against this high-quality 76ers side. Joel Embiid will be very difficult to stop for the Raptors tonight.
Raptors don't have many options on the offensive end, and 76ers will take the full advantage of it.
Prediction: 76ers to beat Raptors
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