Toronto Raptors (21-8) at 76ers  (14-16)

Thursday, 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center

Talking points

This game could get ugly for the struggling Sixers. The Raptors have won four straight and 10 of their last 11 games. The Raptors are on the best start in franchise history, and are on pace to win a franchise 59 games. Their 111.6 points per game and scoring margin of plus 8.8 points per game are also the most in team history.

How to watch and follow the game

— TV and streaming: NBC Sports Philadelphia
— Radio: 97.5 FM
— Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers@NBASarah

Starting lineups

Raptors (21-8)

Stats as of Tuesday.

3 Og Anunoby SF 6-8 6.7 ppg. 2.0 rpg.

9 Serge Ibaka  PF 6-10 13.7  ppg. 1.4 bpg.

17 Jonas Valanciunas C 7-0 11.2 ppg. 7.9 rpg.

10 DeMar DeRozan SG 6-7 23.9 ppg. 5.0 apg.

7  Kyle Lowry PG 6-1 16.0 ppg. 7.2 apg.

Coach: Dwane Casey (Ninth season, 335-292)

Injury report: Lucas Nogueira (Right calf, out)

Sixers (14-16)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  15.0 ppg. 6.3 rpg.

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  12.4 ppg. 7.0 rpg.

5 Amir Johnson C 6-10 4.3 ppg. 5.1 rpg.

17 JJ Redick G 6-4  16.5 ppg. 3.5 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 17.2 ppg. 7.9 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 89-269)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder rehabilitation, out); Justin Anderson (shin splints, out); Furkan Korkmaz (Lisfranc injury, out); Embiid (back soreness, tightness, questionable), JJ Redick (hamstring, questionable).

Head to head

The Raptors hold a 48-36 series advantage.

Sixers’ upcoming games

Saturday: 5 p.m., at Air Canada Centre, Sixers at Raptors

Monday: Noon, at Madison Square Garden, Sixers at New York Knicks

Dec. 28: 10:30 p.m., at Moda Center, Sixers at Portland Trail Blazers

Dec. 30: 9 p.m., at  Pepsi Center, Sixers at Denver Nuggets

Dec. 31:  8 p.m., at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Sixers at Phoenix Suns