Toronto visits Philadelphia following Embiid's 51-point outing

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

Toronto Raptors (11-16, 12th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (19-8, third in the Eastern Conference)

Philadelphia; Friday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Philadelphia plays the Toronto Raptors after Joel Embiid scored 51 points in the Philadelphia 76ers' 127-113 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The 76ers are 4-2 against Atlantic Division teams. Philadelphia is fourth in the Eastern Conference scoring 122.3 points while shooting 48.4% from the field.

The Raptors are 0-7 against Atlantic Division teams. Toronto ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference with 32.7 defensive rebounds per game led by Scottie Barnes averaging 6.6.

The 76ers' 12.1 made 3-pointers per game this season are just 0.6 fewer made shots on average than the 12.7 per game the Raptors allow. The Raptors average 112.2 points per game, 1.2 more than the 111.0 the 76ers give up to opponents.

The teams play for the third time this season. The 76ers won the last meeting 114-99 on Nov. 2. Embiid scored 28 points to help lead the 76ers to the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Embiid is averaging 35.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.9 blocks for the 76ers. Tyrese Maxey is averaging 22.6 points over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.

Barnes is scoring 20.6 points per game and averaging 9.2 rebounds for the Raptors. OG Anunoby is averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Toronto.

LAST 10 GAMES: 76ers: 7-3, averaging 125.4 points, 44.2 rebounds, 25.9 assists, 10.1 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 50.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.6 points per game.

Raptors: 3-7, averaging 112.7 points, 44.0 rebounds, 30.2 assists, 6.5 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 47.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.1 points.

INJURIES: 76ers: Nicolas Batum: day to day (hamstring), Robert Covington: day to day (illness).

Raptors: Christian Koloko: out (respiratory).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.