Don’t expect a fast-paced game when the Toronto Raptors (3-2, 2-0 Home) play host to the Philadelphia 76ers (1-4, 0-2 Away) on Friday. The teams meet for their second successive game against each other. Toronto beat Philadelphia 119-109 at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday. Gary Trent Jr. led the Raptors with 27 points, while Pascal Siakam contributed 20 points and 13 assists. Tyrese Maxey had 31 points and six assists in defeat.
The 76ers are the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors’ win on Wednesday was the teams’ only prior meeting this season. Joel Embiid and James Harden, averaging 27.6 and 25.0 points per game, respectively, are leading the Sixers in scoring early this season. Embiid also has grabbed 10.0 rebounds per game, while Harden has dished 9.6 assists per game, fourth-most in the league.
Siakam has been the primary provider for the Raptors on offense, averaging 25.2 points per game. Fred VanVleet is doling out 8.2 assists per game, ninth-most in the league, and Precious Achiuwa is collecting 10.0 rebounds per game. Half-court execution will be of utmost importance in this matchup that features the league’s two slowest-paced teams, as the 76ers are 30th in possessions per game while the Raptors are 29th. The Raptors have had the advantage in recent clashes between the teams at Scotiabank Arena, winning seven of the last 10.
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Philadelphia 76ers (-105)
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