Toronto Raptors vs. 76ers at a Glance
TEAMS: Raptors (17-7) vs. Sixers (6-18)
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Wells Fargo Center
BROADCASTS: TV – CSN RADIO – 97.5 FM
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411 ON RAPTORS: Toronto ranks first in the NBA in three-point percentage at 40.1. Not bad for a team that ranked last in that category through their first six games of the season. But the Raptors have been shooting a scorching 44.2 percent on three-pointers since Nov. 9. The closest competitors during this stretch have been the Cleveland Cavaliers (41.9) and Golden State Warriors (40.0). Toronto has also scored 100 or more points in their last 11 consecutive games.
The Raptors are paced by two-time NBA all-star DeMar DeRozan. The shooting guard ranks fourth in the league in scoring at 27.9 points per game. He has scored 30 or more points in 12 of the Raptors' 24 games. The most recent time doing that was in Monday night's 122-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. DeRozan finished with 30 points while making all 15 of his foul shots.
5 DeMarre Carroll F 6-8 10.3 ppg. 3.6 rpg.
43 Pascal Siakam PF 6-10 5.7 ppg 3.7 rpg.
17 Jonas Valanciunas C 7-0 12.1 ppg. 9.6 rpg.
10 DeMar DeRozan G 6-7 27.9 ppg. 4.2 apg.
7 Kyle Lowry G 6-1 21.2 ppg. 7.3 apg.
Coach: Dwane Casey (eighth season, 227-191)
Injury report: Jared Sullinger (left foot surgery, out), Deion Wright (right shoulder surgery, out).
33 Robert Covington G/F 6-9 8.8 ppg. 1.9 spg.
7 Ersan Ilyasova PF 6-10 13.0 ppg. 6.3 rpg.
21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 18.2 ppg. 2.5 bpg.
12 Gerald Henderson G 6-5 9.3 ppg. 2.7 rpg.
14 Sergio Rodriguez PG 6-3 8.7 ppg. 6.7 apg.
Coach: Brett Brown (Fourth season, 53-217)
Injury report: Ben Simmons (right foot fracture, out), Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle, questionable), Jerryd Bayless, (sore left wrist, out).
The Raptors own a 46-35 series advantage. They have won the last 13 meetings.
LAST SERIES MEETING: The Sixers were doomed by an inability to stop Lowry, a former Villanova standout along with Valanciunas and Terrence Ross in a 122-95, at Air Canada Centre on Nov. 28.
Lowry finished with 24 points on 7-for-9 shooting to go with eight assists and four rebounds. The former Cardinal Dougherty star and North Philly native made all six of his three-point attempts. He became the first Raptor to go 6 for 6 in threes. Sixteen of his points came in the first half where made four threes.
Lowry's shooting opened things up for Valanciunas.
The 7-footer finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and a steal before leaving the game in third quarter to get his ankle retaped. With the game of out control, he did not have to return. Ross, a reserve swingman, added 22 points.
Covington paced the Sixers with 20 points while making a season-high six threes. Jahlil Okafor finished with 15 points starting in place of Embiid at center. Embiid missed his sixth game to rest his right foot.
Friday: 8 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sixers
Sunday: 6 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Brooklyn Nets vs. Sixers
Tuesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, New Orleans Pelican vs. Sixers
Dec 23: 9 p.m., at Talking Stick Arena, Sixers vs. Phoenix Suns
Dec. 26: 10:30 p.m., at Golden 1 Center, Sixers vs. Sacramento Kings