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Raptors vs. 76ers Game Thread: Updates, TV info, and more

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Amidst a swirl of nonsense trade rumours there is still basketball to be played, as the Raptors battle the Sixers

NBA: Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia 76ers James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Lowry is apparently good to go for tonight’s game, despite having sat out the Raptors’ previous matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers with a bad back. But what if he isn’t good to go? What if he’s going to be held out of of the game because the Raptors are trading him? And not just him, but Jonas Valanciunas and Pascal Siakam, all for a couple of crusty, old, wildly overpaid dudes currently leading one of the worst teams in the Western Conference?

Alas, whether or not the Memphis Grizzlies are making an incredibly transparent attempt to drive up the value of their trade chips, (it worked, Gasol is apparently getting traded to Charlotte!) there is still basketball to be played. The Raptors are beginning a three game road stint in Philadelphia, against an up-and-down, but nonetheless dangerous, Sixers team.

While the Sixers’ lack of depth is an Achilles heel, they can still be very threatening, as was illustrated in their last matchup against the Raptors. With their trio of stars the Sixers can create matchups that many teams aren’t equipped to handle. Back in December, the Raptors were battered by injuries, and thus ill-suited to dealing with the interior scoring of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons; the result was a 25 point Raptors loss. The Raptors will have Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to guard Simmons and Jimmy Butler this time around, but, with Jonas Valanciunas still out of the lineup, Embiid seems likely to once again make his presence felt.

Here’s John Gaudes’ full preview from this morning, and below are the details for tonight’s game. Now, let’s watch.

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Where to Watch

TSN, 8 PM ET

Lineups

Toronto - Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka

Philadelphia - Ben Simmons, Landry Shamet, Jimmy Butler, Mike Muscala, Joel Embiid

Injuries

Toronto - Jonas Valanciunas (thumb), Malachi Richardson (knee)

Philadelphia - Wilson Chandler (quad), Markelle Fultz (thoracic outlet syndrome), Justin Patton (foot), Zhaire Smith (foot)