The Raptors are coming off an impressive 126-110 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers last night as they were down Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Serge Ibaka, and Jonas Valanciunas due to injury. Still, the Raptors were able to play through it, with Kawhi Leonard, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and Norman Powell all stepping up big-time to lead the team to victory.
Tonight’s task at hand will be much more challenging for the Raps as they are taking on a tough 76ers squad and will be without Leonard, Ibaka, and JV.
Raptors officially rule OUT Leonard (load management), Ibaka (knee) and Valanciunas (thumb) for tonight in Philly. Lowry (thigh) and Green (knee) are still questionable.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 22, 2018
The good news? Lowry and Green are available.
Lowry and Green in for raptors— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) December 22, 2018
The 76ers come into this game sitting at the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 21-12 and are fairly healthy. They have been without Markelle Fultz, Zhaire Smith, and Justin Patton for the most part of the season, but tonight, they’ll also be without Wilson Chandler.
More on the Sixers, Ben Simmons is coming off a 13-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist triple-double performance in their 131-109 win against the New York Knicks. Not to forget the other two Sixer stars in Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid, as they too, are having solid seasons. Butler is averaging 19.8 points with a true shooting percentage of 58.5%, 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists while Embiid is having an MVP-type season. He is averaging 26.3 points with a true shooting percentage of 58%, 13.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game.
With Simmons, Butler, Embiid and other key players in the mix, the Raptors may have a tough time scoring and defending.
For more on this game, check out Kelsea O’Brien’s full preview.
Onto tonight’s game details.
Where to Watch:
TSN 2, NBA TV at 7:30 p.m. EST
Toronto - Greg Monroe, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Danny Green, Kyle Lowry
Philadelphia - Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler, Mike Muscala, Joel Embiid
Toronto - Serge Ibaka (Knee - OUT), Jonas Valanciunas (Thumb - OUT), Kawhi Leonard (Load management - OUT)
Philadelphia - Markelle Fultz (Sore shoulder - OUT), Justin Patton (Foot surgery - OUT), Zhaire Smith (Jones fracture in left foot - OUT), Wilson Chandler (Bruised quad - OUT)
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