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Raptors Host Winless, Injured 76ers Tonight

Amir is in, Nerlens Noel is out as Toronto looks to start a juicy seven-game home stand 2-0.

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Team records: Toronto 5-1, Philadelphia 0-6

Where to watch: on Sportsnet Regional (Ontario, East and Pacific) or listen on Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

Coming off their most complete win of the season against Washington on Friday night, the Raptors will look to let the good times roll tonight against the 76ers.

Philadelphia will be without the services of Nerlens Noel, who has been ruled out with a sprained left ankle. Henry Sims will start in his place. Malcolm Thomas, who was doubtful with fluid in his left knee, is also out.

Meanwhile, Toronto gets some good news, as Amir Johnson will play through the sore left ankle he re-aggravated against Washington.

Philadelphia has made no bones about playing for draft picks this year, but the struggles on both ends have been staggering nonetheless. The Sixers are giving up 103.8 points per game on defence and have the league’s worst offensive rating at 97.0.

This sets up Toronto nicely, who are putting up 105.3 points per game, good for the league’s fifth-best mark. DeMar DeRozan also has a history of feasting on the Sixers, averaging 27.8 points in four wins against them last year. What I’m saying is, if you’re hoping for free pizza, this might be a good night to head down to the Air Canada Centre.

One bright spot for the 76ers has been starting guard Tony Wroten. The 21-year-old is averaging 22.5 points on .451 shooting. Look for Wroten’s matchup with Kyle Lowry to be a good one tonight. Philadelphia is also coming off their best game of the year against Chicago, which they lost 118-115 (Wroten had 31 points).

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