clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Nicolas Batum remains out for Sixers’ matchup vs. Raptors

The Sixers will continue to be shorthanded on the wing against the Raptors, as Nicolas Batum remains out and De’Anthony Melton is questionable.

Atlanta Hawks v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Sixers are coming off their best win of the season on Wednesday. Joel Embiid dominated yet again with 51 points, Tyrese Maxey scored 35, and the Sixers earned a comfortable 127-113 win against the Timberwolves, who own the best record in the Western Conference and the league’s top defense.

The Sixers were shorthanded on the wing, though, as Nicolas Batum was out with a right hamstring strain. He remains listed as out for Friday’s game against the Raptors, likely leaving Kelly Oubre Jr. to continue starting in Batum’s place.

De’Anthony Melton only played 16 minutes against the Timberwolves after leaving the game early with a left thigh contusion. He’s now listed as questionable for Friday. Patrick Beverley started the second half on Wednesday in Melton’s place, and could continue to see more minutes against the Raptors.

Meanwhile, Robert Covington, who was out against the Timberwolves with illness, has now been upgraded to probable.

Even though he’s generally stayed behind Marcus Morris in the rotation recently, Covington (if he returns) could be set for a fair dose of minutes in Batum’s absence. Danuel House Jr. also benefited with some extra playing time against Minnesota, racking up 17 minutes — the most minutes he’s played since Nov. 17.

Against an 11-16, 12th-place Raptors team, the Sixers should still have all the firepower they need to be able to get a win at home. Having more wing depth with guys like Oubre and Covington who can fill in helps a great deal, but the star power of Embiid dominating as the early MVP favorite and Maxey thriving should be enough.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Liberty Ballers Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Philadelphia 76ers news from Liberty Ballers