The Toronto Raptors hope to rebound after 2 losses in a row as they host the New York Knicks this evening.
(5-3) Toronto Raptors @ (0-7) Philadelphia 76ers
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – DeMarre Carroll PF – Luis Scola
Philadelphia – PG – T.J. McConnell SG – Nik Stauskas C – Jahlil Okafor SF – Jerami Grant PF – Richaun Holmes
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 22.4 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 10.0 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.6
Philadelphia – PPG – Jahlil Okafor 19.9 RPG – Nerlens Noel 9.8 APG – T.J. McConnell 7.6
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 100.3 (20th) PA – 97.1 (7th)
Philadelphia – PF – 91.4 (28th) PA – 104.7 (24th)
The Toronto Raptors are on a 3 game losing skid as they were downed 111-109 at home versus the New York Knicks last night. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led the team in scoring with 29 points. He also had 5 rebounds and 2 assists. He shot 11 of 23 from the field and 7 of 9 from the free throw line. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry poured in 23 points. He also had 9 assists, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. He was 8 of 18 from the field, 5 of 7 from the free throw line, and 2 of 5 from the 3 point line. Starting center Jonas Valanciunas contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds. He was 6 of 8 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Backup point guard Cory Joseph chipped in with 12 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. He shot 4 of 9 from the field, 3 of 3 from the free throw line, and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Luis Scola produced 11 points. He also had 7 rebounds. He was 3 of 10 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Starting small forward James Johnson had 7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. He shot 1 of 3 from the field, 4 of 6 from the free throw line, and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. The team shot 44% from the field, 79.5% from the free throw line, and 23.5% from the 3 point line. They out-rebounded the Knicks 49-44. They turned the ball over 11 times. The Knicks had 7 blocks in the game compared to the Raptors’ 6 blocks. They evened the game up by outscoring the Knicks 33-25 in the 3rd quarter but were outscored by 2 in the final period. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. This season they are 1-0 in the 2nd game. Their next game is Friday at home versus the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Philadelphia 76ers are still win-less on the season as they were defeated 111-88 at home versus the Chicago Bulls on Monday evening. Rookie starting center Jahlil Okafor led the team with a double-double as he poured in 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. He also had 2 blocks. He shot 9 of 25 from the field and 3 of 8 from the free throw line. Starting power forward Richaun Holmes scored 11 points. He also had 3 rebounds and 2 blocks. He was 4 of 9 from the field and 3 of 5 from the free throw line. Starting small forward Jerami Grant contributed with 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 blocks. He was 4 of 12 from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. Backup point guard Phil Pressey notched 11 points and 5 assists. He was 4 of 6 from the field, 1 of 2 from the free throw line, and 2 of 2 from the 3 point line. Starting point guard T.J. McConnell chipped in with 6 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He was 3 of 8 from the field. Backup power forward Christian Wood had 9 points and 8 rebounds. He shot 4 of 10 from the field and 1 of 2 from the free throw line. Starting shooting guard Nik Stauskas had 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists. He was 2 of 13 from the field and 1 of 7 from the 3 point line. The team shot 35% from the field, 56.5% from the free throw line, and 20% from the 3 point line. They were 13 of 23 from the free throw line and they were 5 of 25 from the 3 point line. They were out-rebounded 58-52. They were outscored 59-45 in the 2nd half. Tonight is the final game of a 3 game home stand. Their next game is Friday at the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Last season Toronto was victorious in all 4 meetings with Philadelphia. On November 9th 2014, the Raptors cruised to a 120-88 victory at home. On January 14th 2015, the Raptors scored a 100-84 victory at home. On January 23rd 2015, the Raptors hung on for a 91-86 road win. On March 2nd 2015, the Raptors prevailed 114-103 on the road. The Raptors have won the last 8 meetings with the 76ers. The 76ers’ last win in the series was in January 2013.
The Raptors lost a heart breaker last night due to some poor officiating. They should be fired up tonight and will take it out on the still very young 76ers team.
Take the Raptors -10 (1.90) (Bet365)
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