It’s gameday! The Toronto Raptors will take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at 7:00 pm EST at Wells Fargo Center. This game will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBA TV. You can also listen to this contest on Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic. As for tonight’s attire, Toronto will wear their black “statement” jersey and Philadelphia will sport their red “statement” jersey. 

Preseason Battles

These two teams are familiar with each other this season as they have faced off twice in the preseason. In the first game, the Raptors ended up victorious over the 76ers 123-107. In the following contest, Philadelphia got the win 125-113, where Georges Niang contributed 16 PTS on 4-7 three-point shooting. With both teams knowing what to expect from each other, tonight will be an interesting game. 

Raptors Outlook

The Toronto Raptors are 6-6 on the season and find themselves in 9th place in the Eastern Conference. They’re looking to bounce back from last night’s 104-88 loss to the Boston Celtics. 

Recently, 2018-2019 MIP Pascal Siakam made his season debut against the Brooklyn Nets. Siakam was dealing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. As a result, he had surgery that sidelined him for the first few games of this season. Throughout two games, he’s averaging 11.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and shooting 42.1% from the field. Unfortunately, Siakam will not play in tonight’s game due to injury management. 

On the other hand, Toronto’s 4th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft Scottie Barnes is off to a tremendous start to his career. Barnes is leading the 2021 rookie class in PPG with 17.0 per game. Furthermore, he also leads his class on the boards, averaging 8.5 RPG. As expected, Barnes is 2nd on NBA.com’s Rookie Ladder, trailing Cleveland’s Evan Mobley. 

Raptors 1:30 pm EST Injury Report:

  • Khem Birch (Out-right knee swelling)
  • Pascal Siakam (Out-injury management)
  • Yuta Watanabe (Out-left calf strain)

76ers Outlook

The Philadelphia 76ers have an 8-4 record and are in 4th place in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia’s on a two-game losing streak and are looking to get back to their winning ways. Most recently, the 76ers fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 118-109 on Tuesday night.  

In the past week and a half, Philadelphia has dealt with a multitude of injuries and major COVID-19 issues. Star Joel Embiid, Matisse Thybulle, and Isaiah Joe are once again out for tonight’s game due to the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. However, the 76ers could be getting Tobias Harris back sooner rather than later. Harris was the first Philadelphia player to enter Health and Safety Protocols approximately one week ago. Fortunately, the near all-star has been upgraded to questionable for tonight’s matchup. 

Thankfully for Philadelphia, their role players have stepped up in a big way during this injury-riddled stretch. Forward Georges Niang has been crucial to the team’s surprising success. The “Minivan” is averaging a career-high 12.9 PPG and shooting 41.3 from beyond the arc. 

Moreover, the second-year guard Tyrese Maxey has taken the mantle as Philadelphia’s point guard. His playmaking and passing have shown significant signs of improvement over the past few games. Overall, he’s averaging 15.8 PPG, 4.7 APG, and shooting 49.0% from the field. Maxey’s coming off an electric performance against Milwaukee, where he dropped 31 PTS on 12-24 shooting. 

76ers 1:30 pm EST Injury Report:

  • Seth Curry (Questionable-left foot contusion)
  • Joel Embiid (Out-health and safety protocols)
  • Tobias Harris (Questionable-health and safety protocols)
  • Isaiah Joe (Out-health and safety protocols)
  • Grant Riller (Out-injury recovery)
  • Ben Simmons (Out-personal reasons)
  • Matisse Thybulle (Out-health and safety protocols)