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Game Thread: Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers

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The Raptors keep backing up their best win of the season with another best win of the season. Does the trend continue tonight?

Philadelphia 76ers v Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors just keep winning games, and are finally drawing the attention of outside observers while doing so. Their latest win against the Sixers may have been their best victory yet, and that follows two victories over the Bucks and a shootout win over Brooklyn a couple weeks back.

The buzz has followed suit: Fred VanVleet as a possible All-Defensive Team candidate, Pascal Siakam returning to his former glory, and Nick Nurse as the ultimate problem solver — willing to ride the hot hand, whether it’s the top guy in his lineup or the 11th.

Tonight, they’ll try to keep the good times rolling, but they’ll once again be without Kyle Lowry, who was downgraded throughout the day with a nagging thumb issue.

On the Sixers side, Seth Curry will also be out with left ankle soreness.

As for the trend of the Raptors starting small, that will likely end tonight — the team was better playing larger on Sunday and will likely go back to Aron Baynes in the starting five, with a heavy dose of Chris Boucher off the bench.

Update: Nevermind.

For more on tonight’s matchup, check out Daniel Reynolds’ preview from this morning. Here are the game details.

Where to Watch

Sportsnet, 7:30 PM ET

Lineups

Toronto — Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, DeAndre’ Bembry, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam

Philadelphia — Ben Simmons, Danny Green, Furkan Korkmaz, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid

Injuries

Toronto — Kyle Lowry (out - thumb)

Philadelphia — Seth Curry (out - ankle soreness)