With the help of double-doubles by the backcourt duo of Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday, the Sixers eked by the Boston Celtics last night, leaving Sixers fans hoping that the very same Turner and Holiday show up in tonight's matchup against the Toronto Raptors.
At first glance, tonight's matchup shouldn't present too much of challenge for the Sixers, considering the Raptors are 1-4 overall and winless against divisional opponents.
Additionally, the Raptors may be without their team's scoring leader (18.3 ppg) in Philadelphia-native Kyle Lowry, who is listed as day-to-day with a sprained ankle. The latest injury reports suggest that Lowry is slated to be a gametime decision. Arguably the Raptors' "glue" guy, he also leads the team in assists, (6.3 apg) and is tied for second on the team in rebounding (5.8 rpg).
Should Lowry get the all-clear for tonight's contest, it'll be a big boost for the weary Raptors, who are in the middle of a stretch of eight consecutive games -- all against playoff teams from last season. As such, fatigue may play a role in the Raptors' otherwise-consistent offensive production (averaging 97 ppg).
Other critical tidbits to watch for in tonight's contest:
Forward Landry Fields, acquired this summer via free agency, is shooting a dismal .208 (5-for-24) from the field in the last five games. He and Lowry will not play.
Guard DeMar DeRozan is on an offensive tear for the Raptors, scoring at least 22 points in three of his last four starts. Will the Sixers young and athletic backcourt keep up long enough to shut him down?
Forward/Center and Italian stallion Andrea Bargnani always seems to play well against the Sixers, averaging a series-high 22.5 points in two meetings last season.
Evan Turner. Jrue Holiday. A combined 46 points against the Celtics. This is what the Sixers expected when they paired these two together. Will they continue to torch opponents in the backcourt?
Thaddeus Young (F)
Dorrell Wright (F)
Lavoy Allen (C)
Jrue Holiday (G)
Evan Turner (G)
Alan Anderson? (F)
Andrea Bargnani (F)
Jonas Valanciunas (C)
DeMar DeRozan (G)
Jose Calderon (G)
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