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Josh Weinstein

After an impressive comeback against the 76ers just two days ago, the Toronto Raptors look for a more complete, dominant performance when they host Philadelphia at the Air Canada Centre in the second half of the two teams’ home-and-home series. Coming back from a 22-point second half deficit on the road like the Raps did on Thursday is impressive, but if you’re Dwane Casey, Saturday’s rematch presents an opportunity to showcase how much more dominant the Raptors can be in their own backyard, especially against inferior competition.

The Raps have been cruising in December, having won nine of their 10 games this month. The schedule doesn’t get much tougher for Toronto prior to the New Year, so expect the good times to keep on rolling, at least for the foreseeable future.

Fresh off setting a new career-high with 45 points, DeMar DeRozan has the pleasure of facing the same team he torched. Philly had no answer for the all-star on Thursday, allowing DeRozan to thrive inside (converted 13 of 15 free throws) and out (career-high six 3-pointers). With a lack of defenders capable of containing DeRozan, there’s no reason why he can’t go off for another big game once again.

 

The Raptors have been fortunate so far, in that they haven’t had to face Joel Embiid. The former Kansas standout hasn’t suited up in the two games against Toronto this season and is questionable ahead of the Raptors and 76ers third meeting of the season. J.J. Redick will miss today’s game.

Tip-off is set for 5:00 PM ET.

Projected starting lineups: 

Toronto Raptors (22-8)

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

Philadelphia 76ers (14-17)

  • PG Ben Simmons
  • SG Jerryd Bayless
  • SF Robert Covington
  • PF Dario Saric
  • C Joel Embiid – Amir Johnson will start if Embiid can’t play.

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