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76ers vs Raptors Gameday Thread: the Magic Number

Despite their opponent's record tonight, the Toronto Raptors need to ensure they grab a win against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers

April 9, 2014

Sporstnet One - 7:00 PM EST

And the magic number remains to be 3.

With the Brooklyn Nets beating the Miami Heat last night, the Toronto Raptors find themselves only two games up on the Nets in the race for top spot in the Atlantic Division (and by default, third overall in the Eastern Conference) so this one ain't done yet. Any combination of three Raptors wins and three Nets losses clinches things but this may take a few games to play out.

Which is why even though the Dinos are facing the D-League-esque Philadelphia 76ers tonight, they can't take the match too lightly. Toronto needs to keep winning, and do everything they can to try and get the highest seed possible.

To that end, it may help to have Kyle Lowry and Amir Johnson back. Both are listed as questionable for the match, but TSN's Josh Lewenberg tweeted a few hours ago that both are likely to play, albeit with reduced minutes.

That means that just like in Toronto's last match, a win over the Bucks on Saturday night, the rest of the team needs to step to the plate to get the W.