The Toronto Raptors (12-22) look to start another seasonal win streak, this time against divisional rivals Philadelphia 76ers (15-21) tonight at the Air Canada Centre. Coming off a tough loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder this past Sunday, look for the Raptors to come out blazing in this one.
Alan Anderson was one of the few bright spots for the Raptors in Sunday’s loss against the Thunder scoring 27 points off the bench. The Raptors will need Anderson’s strong wing play to continue off the bench if they hope to win tonight. Demar Derozan struggled mightily against the Thunders’ elite perimeter defense so look for him to have a bounce back game as well. The Raptors need him playing well if they hope to succeed.
Losers of six of their last seven games, the 76ers are looking to get on a win streak of their own. Their acquisition of all-star center Andrew Bynum made a lot of noise this summer, but unfortunately Bynum has yet to play a single minute in a 76ers uniform.
In Bynum’s stead, point guard Jrue Holiday (18.4 PPG, 8.9 APG) has stepped up as the 76ers’ floor general and is putting up all-star numbers. While wingman Evan Turner is finally showing why he was worth a second overall pick in the 2010 draft. Fifth year tweener Thaddeus Young has also been more than solid contributor this season for the 76ers. For the Raptors to win this one, they must stop or attempt to slow down all three of these 76ers players.
The 76ers won both meetings against the Raptors last November. With their great team play and rugged defence as of late, Raptors hope to take this one.
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