The Toronto Raptors are back in action tonight as they play host to Atlantic Division rival, the Philadelphia 76ers. The Raptors enter tonight's game having lost six of their last seven, while the Sixers have dropped eight of their last nine. Both teams once held the Division lead, but currently sit third and fourth behind the Celtics and Nets. This is the second of four meetings between the teams. The Raptors won the first game 108-98 last month.
Here are some notes for tonight's game:
- The Raptors will have three new faces in the lineup as Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and John Salmons are expected to make their debut. Chuck Hayes is in the process of taking extra health tests and will be inactive tonight. Austin Daye will be the other inactive.
- Forward Tyler Hansbrough will be back in the lineup for the Raptors after missing some time due to a left-shoulder sprain.
- Terrence Ross will get his second straight start at small forward for the Raptors. With there being new acquisitions to the team, Ross will have to display why he should remain in the starting lineup long-term.
- It will be interesting to see what the Raptors rotation looks like tonight. Some players could be pushed to the bottom of the depth chart with the arrival of the new additions.
- Spencer Hawes is having an all-star calibre season for the Sixers averaging 15.3 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game. The 7'1 center has the ability to play in the post, but can also stretch it out behind the arc where he shoots 44.8% on the season.
- The Sixers are expected to be without point guard Michael Carter-Williams as he is dealing with a skin infection.
Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on TSN.
Let's Go Raptors!
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