Embiid and the 76ers visit the Raptors
Philadelphia 76ers (51-31, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (48-34, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Toronto; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Raptors -1.5; over/under is 209
EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND:
BOTTOM LINE: Joel Embiid leads Philadelphia into a matchup against Toronto. He’s first in the the league scoring 30.6 points per game.
The Raptors are 10-6 against opponents in the Atlantic Division. Toronto is seventh in the league giving up only 107.1 points per game while holding opponents to 46.2% shooting.
The 76ers are 6-10 against opponents in the Atlantic Division. Philadelphia ranks eighth in the league allowing only 107.3 points while holding opponents to 45.8% shooting.
TOP PERFORMERS: Pascal Siakam is averaging 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the Raptors. Gary Trent Jr. is averaging 17.9 points over the last 10 games for Toronto.
Georges Niang is shooting 40.3% from beyond the arc with 2.1 made 3-pointers per game for the 76ers, while averaging 9.2 points. Embiid is averaging 31.6 points and 13.1 rebounds over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.
LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 5-5, averaging 107.9 points, 41.2 rebounds, 21.7 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.3 points per game.
76ers: 7-3, averaging 114.5 points, 41.1 rebounds, 25.7 assists, 7.6 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.7 points.
INJURIES: Raptors: Fred VanVleet: day to day (hip).
76ers: Charles Bassey: day to day (shoulder).