Josh Weinstein

The Toronto Raptors have been sizzling of late, winners of four in a row and 10 of their last 11 games. They’ll have a chance to continue this prolonged stretch of success when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center tonight in the second night of a back-to-back set.

Kyle Lowry loves playing against his hometown team, which is clear by the dominance he displays whenever he faces them. Lowry has shredded the 76ers, especially in the past three seasons, averaging 20 points in eight meetings against them over that span. With a tough matchup against the agile and much taller Ben Simmons looming though, Lowry could have a tough time creating offence the way he normally does against Philly, especially considering how much he’ll have to buckle down defensively against the 76ers standout rookie.

Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid is listed as questionable ahead of tip-off. If he’s not in the lineup, this game should be a much easier one to win for Toronto. The 76ers are just 1-6 without their star centre in the lineup.

Game-time is set for 7:00 PM ET.

Projected starting lineups:

Toronto Raptors (21-8)

  • PG Kyle Lowry
  • SG DeMar DeRozan
  • SF OG Anunoby
  • PF Serge Ibaka
  • C Jonas Valanciunas

Philadelphia 76ers (14-16)

  • PG Ben Simmons
  • SG Timothe Luwawu-Cabarot
  • SF Robert Covington
  • PF Dario Saric
  • C Amir Johnson

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