During Toronto’s Eastern Conference semifinal series with the 76ers, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has been frequently matched up against Jimmy Butler on both ends of the court.

Leading three games to two in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Raptors can end the series during tonight’s Game 6 at the Wells Fargo Center.

At 6-foot-1, Lowry has a distinct height disadvantage against the 6-8 Butler, but despite the size discrepancy, Lowry savors the challenge.

“It has been fun,” Lowry said before the Raptors Thursday morning shootaround. “Me and Jimmy are tight and really close. Understanding his game and watching his game, and being in front of it, I know what he wants to do.”

Of course knowing what he wants to do and stopping him are two different things.

“The challenges are he is a big body, is strong, is athletic, he can get his shot off against anybody,” said Lowry, the Philadelphia product of Cardinal Dougherty and Villanova. “But I relish the challenge and appreciate the conference the coaching staff has in me to guard one of the best players in the NBA.”

As for on the other end of the court?

“When he is guarding me, just picking and choosing spots,” said Lowry, who averaged 16.5 points and 6.0 assists in Game 4 and 5 wins by the Raptors. “Knowing how he plays, he is a big guy so I got to get some space from him.”