Start time: 7:00 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Ed Davis, Aaron Gray
Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, Jason Richardson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas remain out
Philadelphia: Andrew Bynum remains out and Jason Richardson (knee) is a game-time decision
-The Raptors have lost 3 straight games but Philadelphia has lost 8 of their last 10. Toronto’s only divisional win (1-6) came against the Sixers. Defence has been a problem of late for Philly – the 76ers are allowing 104.7 points per game over their last six after giving up an average of 95.8 prior to that stretch.
-These two tangled on January 9th in Toronto and the Raptors prevailed 90-72 with a great second half. Toronto had a significant rebounding advantage in that contest (46-37) and that should be the case again tonight as Philly continues to use an undersized starting lineup.
-The only matchup problem for Toronto comes in the back-court as Jose Calderon will have his hands full with Jrue Holiday. Jose did a good job in their last meeting, playing disciplined defence and holding Holiday to 16 points.
-The trade deadline is approaching quickly (Feb. 21st) and don’t be shocked to see Toronto as significant players. That doesn’t necessarily mean Bryan Colangelo has declared himself as a buyer or seller but the Raps will investigate all possibilities to make this team better. Here is a quote from Dwane Casey on potential trades from a radio appearance today: “Bryan and I are talking every day about it (along with) Ed,” Casey explained. “They are looking at whatever can help our team become better whether it’s short term or long term, they’re talking about it.”
- Just so you know, Joe will have the postgame thoughts tonight, but it will be a belated edition, so if it’s not up by the time you hit the hay, be sure to look out for that post in the morning.