Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors: Match Preview and Predictions - 25th November 2019
Date and time: Monday, 25 November 2019, 07:30 PM ET
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Last game results
Philadelphia 76ers (11-5): 1115-104 win against the San Antonio Spurs (22nd November, Friday)
Toronto Raptors (11-4): 119-116 win against the Atlanta Hawks (23rd November, Saturday)
Philadelphia 76ers Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers, riding a four-game win streak, will travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors for the first time since their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup last season. The 76ers are coming off a win against the Miami Heat and enter this clash high on confidence.
With an easy schedule lined up, Philadelphia will be looking to win as many games as they can to ascend the Eastern Conference ladder. They are one of the favorites to go all the way this season and have certainly lived up to expectations thus far.
Key Player - Joel Embiid
There are not a lot of players in this league more dangerous than a well-rested Joel Embiid. The center's injury struggles are well documented and the Sixers rarely let him play back-to-back games.
In the Sixers' win against the Miami Heat a few days ago, Embiid scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to put together an impressive double-double. It was also the first time Embiid was involved in back-to-back games this season and his performance is definitely a positive for the Sixers.
76ers predicted lineup
Tobias Harris, Al Horford, Josh Richardson, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons
Toronto Raptors Preview
Even after the departure of Kawhi Leonard in the offseason, the Toronto Raptors still look like contenders. They were written off by many ahead of the start of the new season but have silenced their doubters with an 11-4 start which speaks volumes of the depth they possess.
The Raptors have been able to notch up wins even in the absence of their All-Star guard Kyle Lowry. In their recent victory against the Atlanta Hawks, Toronto erased a 9-point deficit in the second half to seal their 11th victory of the season.
Key Player - Pascal Siakam
Pascal Siakam just keeps getting better. The 27th overall pick of the 2016 NBA draft won the Most Improved Player of the Year award last season after averaging 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
This season, he is making a strong case for MVP, having transitioned into the team's go-to scorer. Siakam is averaging as many as 25.7 points per game and has looked unstoppable so far.
Raptors predicted lineup
Fed VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Norman Powell
76ers vs Raptors match prediction
With two of the Eastern Conference powerhouses squaring off, the game is expected to go down to the wire. The Raptors have shown that they are capable of making strong comebacks in the second half and also that they are clutch down the stretch. The fact that they are playing at home makes them strong favorites to win this contest.
Even though the Raptors will be without Lowry, they should have enough strength in depth to see off the Philadelphia challenge.
Where to watch 76ers vs Raptors?
The game will not be broadcast on national television but you can catch local coverage on NBC Sports Philadelphia and Sportsnet ONE. Additionally, you can also live stream the game via NBA League Pass.