It was a career high night for our national treasure Cory Joseph on Tuesday, as he delivered in a big way dropping 33 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists in his first start since April 8th of last season against Indiana. Kyle Lowry was given the night off to rest, but it didn't change much as the Raptors started the game on an 11-0 run and never looked back. Tonight however, you better bet that Lowry will be primed up to play in his hometown of Philadelphia -- a team who is (slowly) starting to find themselves.
The Sixers are coming off a 113-104 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks, in a game that head coach Brett Brown called "their finest team win yet" according to the Inquirer. The Sixers actually share an identical record with the Raptors over their last ten games at 6-4 and have won 4 of their last 5 contests. A lot of the Sixers success has stemmed from big man Joel Embiid (questionable tonight due to illness), as their three most frequent lineup combinations revolve around him at the centre position and all have a positive net rating.
The Sixers will be without T.J McConnell (sore wrist), Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle) and Richaun Holmes (concussion) tonight. We'll see about Embiid. Meanwhile the Raptors will be without Patrick Patterson who continues to rest and recuperate his sore left knee.
Now for some further analysis to get you primed for tonight's game,