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Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers




The place to Watch:
Sportsnet One at 7:30 pm
Starters:
Raptors - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas
Sixers - Jerryd Bayless, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons, and at centre your guess is nearly as good as mine — Amir Johnson?
Accidents:
Raptors - Malcolm Miller
Sixers - Joel Embiid (relaxationonce more! We could by no means see him play within the ACC!), Jahlil Okafor (he’s listed day-to-day so perhaps he performs), Richaun Holmes
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The Raptors are flying excessive after dispatching the junk Bulls on Thursday evening (and maybe vanquishing the Chicago Curse for good). What else is on the docket for them? Ah sure, the Philadelphia 76ers, the super-team-in-waiting. This was to be the 12 months the Sixers began to place all of it collectively. Besides, uh, they enter the ACC at Zero-2 and don’t look a hell of rather a lot higher than earlier than. Am I mistaken?
The thrilling — or not less than fascinatingpurpose to look at the Sixers right this moment is discovered of their three rookies (or close to rookies). We get a primary have a look at Markelle Fultz (who's already enjoying behind Jerryd Bayless; signal), Ben Simmons (who refuses to shoot the basketball), and we get one other glimpse of Joel Embiid who could or is probably not probably the most wonderful participant within the league — if he manages to play greater than 30 video games a season.
Some unhealthy information proper off the bounce: Embiid will not be enjoying right this moment, because it’s a back-to-back for Philly. Does that make issues simpler for the Raptors? Ehhhhh, I gained’t say it out loud should you don’t, however, properly... let’s simply get to the sport particulars.

Extra Passing, The entire Passing

The Raptors are immediately passing wizards!
OK, perhaps not wizards per se — they did have 17 turnovers of their recreation in opposition to the Bulls, with 9 of them coming from Lowry and DeRozan — however they're making an effort. To wit: their help numbers jumped manner up within the preseason, and in that first recreation they did handle 26 assists on 39 area targets. There have been additionally quite a few performs the place an open shooter made an additional cross to an much more open shooter; and there's no doubt DeRozan is taking his want to guide the staff in assists to coronary heart.
It’s uncertain DeRozan will truly make that form of leap (particularly with Lowry casually dropping 9 dimes in a recreation), however the form of payoff it has for the Raptors offense — particularly come playoff time — ought to be properly price it. Let’s watch tonight to see what sort of help numbers the Raptors amass.

Who Begins at Centre?

That is a straightforward reply for the Raptors, since Jonas Valanciunas is enjoying extraordinarily properly proper now, however for the Sixers, uh, who's there to play? Embiid is sitting, Okafor is listed as day-to-day with sickness, and Holmes doesn’t come again till November. After that the staff is  James Michael McAdoo and our outdated good friend Amir.
Now, I’ll say this: I'd like to see an prolonged Jonas vs. Amir matchup. It was three, 4, 5 years in the past when Amir was anchoring Toronto’s backline and instructing Jonas the methods of protection. Did it work? Nicely, uh, kind of — Jonas is doing what he can. Johnson in the meantime has been betrayed by his physique as of late, however he nonetheless brings a contact of knowledge to a Sixers staff that lacks for sage recommendation.

Wing Matchups

This recreation might flip right into a problem for Norman Powell and C.J. Miles. The Sixers do have a core of wings and tweener forwards that may leverage some dimension on the Raptors’ wing. Simmons is not any joke as an offensive drive (even when, sure, he’s a tad reluctant to shoot), Bob Covington has burned Toronto earlier than, and Dario Saric is a little bit of a bother maker as properly. It’ll be fascinating to see if the Raptors go to their all-bench lineup once more, and match Philly’s youth and pace with their very own.
Additionally, I actually need to see OG Anunoby get some burn on this recreation, if solely to look at him outperformance the primary decide, Fultz. I’m not saying that can undoubtedly occur tonight, however I’m not not saying it. OG is the perfect.
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