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The Toronto Raptors face a Philadelphia Sixers side that is starved for players. While Toronto has their own injury issues to take care of, the depth of available talent is significantly in Toronto’s favor. Philly may get a good game out of some young players, but they just don’t have enough to pull off a victory.
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|Nick Nurse||Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|6-6 (9th in East)||Standing||8-4 (4th in East)|
|108.8 (12th of 30)||Off Rtg||114.9 (1st of 30)|
|105.7 (10th of 30)||Def Rtg||108.9 (23rd of 30)|
|96.3 (29th of 30)||Pace||95.5 (30th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|O. Anunoby (20.2)||PPG||J. Embiid (21.4)|
|S. Barnes (8.7)||RPG||A. Drummond (11.1)|
|F. Vanvleet (7.2)||APG||T. Maxey (4.7)|
|G. Trent Jr. (2.7)||SPG||M. Thybulle (2.3)|
|P. Siakam (2.0)||BPG||M. Thybulle (1.7)|
|D. Banton (.571)/O. Anunoby (7.7)||FG%/FGM||S. Curry (.583)/T. Harris (8.5)|
|S. Mykhailiuk (.412)/O. Anunoby (2.8)||3P%/3PM||S. Curry (.483)/G. Niang (2.6)|
|Y. Watanabe||Toronto Raptors||9 Nov 2021||Out (Calf)||Watanabe did not play in Toronto’s Wednesday (Nov 10) game.|
|K. Birch||Toronto Raptors||9 Nov 2021||Day-to-Day (Knee)||The Raptors listed Birch as DOUBTFUL for their Wednesday (Nov 10) game.|
|G. Riller||Philadelphia 76ers||20 Oct 2021||Out (Knee)||Riller is expected to miss several weeks due to knee surgery.|
|B. Simmons||Philadelphia 76ers||21 Oct 2021||Out (Personal)||There is no timetable for Ben Simmons’ return.|
|T. Harris||Philadelphia 76ers||6 Nov 2021||Day to Day (Health Protocols)||Harris remains out due to health and safety protocols.|
|I. Joe||Philadelphia 76ers||6 Nov 2021||Day to Day (Health Protocols)||Joe remains out due to health and safety protocols.|
|M. Thybulle||Philadelphia 76ers||6 Nov 2021||Day to Day (Health Protocols)||Thybulle remains out due to health and safety protocols.|
|J. Embiid||Philadelphia 76ers||8 Nov 2021||Day to Day (Health Protocols)||Embiid was announced to be unavailable on November 8th for health and safety protocols.|
|S. Curry||Philadelphia 76ers||9 Nov 2021||Out (Foot)||Curry did not play in Philadelphia’s Tuesday (Nov 9) game.|
The Toronto Raptors are already a much better team than many projected them to be. While they don’t have a glut of All-Stars like many top teams, they’ve been able to succeed off of their team play and effort.
When they face the Sixers, the Raptors need to push the pace in order to get ahead of the shorthanded hosts. The Raptors are ninth overall in fast breakpoints, 14.6 per game, mostly due to the fact that their halfcourt execution is average at best.
The pace needs to be set by primary ball handlers red Vanvleet and Scottie Barnes, but role players like Delano Banton and Svi Mykhailiuk also need to do their fair share. Until Pascal Siakam is back to 100%, the Raptors need to secure as many easy baskets as possible.
His name is Gary Trent Jr & he gets buckets!
26 Pts | 4 Stl | 4 3pm pic.twitter.com/sllaO4PHzq
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 2, 2021
While The Philadelphia 76ers are undermanned, the Toronto Raptors will still have to deal with some problematic guard play. Luckily for the Raptors, Gary Trent Jr. has developed into one of the league’s most interesting two-way threats.
Defending has never been Trent Jr.’s strength, but he’s clearly refocused over the offseason is projected to be one of the league’s most troublesome defenders. While he is averaging 15.2 points per game on 40.6% shooting, he is also averaging 2.7 steals per game – good enough for first in the league.
He’ll always be an offensively oriented option, but the new defensive wrinkle to Trent Jr.’s game opens up new possibilities for him and the Toronto Raptors. He should give the Sixers backcourt everything they can handle.
The Philadelphia 76ers enter this game with seven players unavailable due to injury. In their last game against the Bucks, the Sixers were only able to play seven players significant minutes. If they want to compete with the Raptors, they have to be efficient with their looks.
In their last game against the Bucks, it was the role players that showed them the path. Andre Drummond and Georges Niang shot 15 of 27 from the floor, putting their limited looks to good use. Drummond was also tremendous on the glass, collecting 20 rebounds.
With such a short lineup, the Sixers can’t afford bad shooting nights. If designated shooters Furkan Korkmaz and Danny Green combine to shoot 5 of 27 again, the Toronto Raptors are going to have a field day.
Tyrese Maxey up to 27…@sixers back in front entering the 4Q on TNT! pic.twitter.com/yL8tsmCeUx
— NBA (@NBA) November 10, 2021
When injuries arise that means an opportunity is available. When that opportunity arose, it was Tyrese Maxey who stepped up in order to lead the Sixers.
Second-year guard Tyrese Maxey, at least at this point in his career, is known for the diversity of his scoring ability. He is coming off of a game where he posted 31 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, a block, and a steal in 39 minutes of play.
Maxey is going to face off against some of the most tenacious defenders in the NBA in Fred Vanvleet, Gary Trent Jr., and OG Anunoby. It’ll be his toughest test of the season, especially with the offence running through him.
|Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers Information|
|Teams||Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers|
|Location||Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Time||7:00 PM EST, November 11th, 2021|
|How to Watch||NBA TV|
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