Preview: Sixers wrap up three game home stand against the Toronto Raptors tonight in South Philly
The Philadelphia 76ers are wrapping up a three game home stand tonight in South Philadelphia against the Toronto Raptors. It’s been a rough week for the shorthanded Sixers, who dropped two straight games on Monday and Tuesday to the Knicks and Bucks.
The Sixers have been hit with a bunch of health and safety protocols which has kept Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, and Isaiah Joe out of the lineup. Tonight, Tobias Harris is listed as questionable and Seth Curry (left foot contusion) is also questionable after missing Tuesday night’s game against the Bucks.
After dropping two straight, the 76ers have fallen back to fourth place in the Eastern Conference behind the Wizards, Bulls, and Nets. As for the Raptors, they are in ninth place at an even 6-6. They have lost three straight games and will enter tonight on the second leg of a back-to-back.
Last night against the Celtics, the Raptors turned the ball over 18 times which turned into 26 points for Boston. Rookie Scottie Barnes led the team in scoring with 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Tyrese Maxey is coming off his best game of the season, scoring 31 points and shooting 12-24 from the floor (4-9 3PT) against the Bucks on Tuesday. Joining him, was Andre Drummond who scored 17 points and brought in 20 rebounds in the losing effort. Shake Milton, who was also in the starting lineup finished with 17 points on 7-16 shooting.
Furkan Korkmaz had a terrible game against the Bucks, shooting 2-18 from the floor and a miserable 1-12 from three point range. The shorthanded Sixers have remained competitive but just haven’t been able to pull out a win this week.
Odds via Parx Sportsbook, the official sports gambling partner of The Liberty Line.
|Toronto Raptors||+2.5 (-109)||+116||O 211 (-108)|
|Philadelphia 76ers||-2.5 (-112)||-141||U 211 (-113)|
I think the Sixers will avoid getting swept tonight on their three game home stand and beat the Toronto Raptors. Pascal Siakam will get the night off for the Raptors as he continues to get back to game shape after being out with an injury to start the season. It’s the second night of a back-to-back for the Raptors and the Sixers got a much needed night off last night. If Tobias Harris and Seth Curry are good to go, the odds will probably change significantly.