Embiid leads Philadelphia against Toronto after 45-point game
Philadelphia 76ers (49-30, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (46-33, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Toronto; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Philadelphia visits the Toronto Raptors after Joel Embiid scored 45 points in the 76ers’ 131-122 victory against the Indiana Pacers.
The Raptors have gone 29-21 against Eastern Conference teams. Toronto is second in the Eastern Conference with 15.8 fast break points per game led by Pascal Siakam averaging 3.4.
The 76ers are 6-9 in division play. Philadelphia has a 6-6 record in games decided by 3 points or fewer.
The teams play for the fourth time this season. The Raptors won the last meeting 93-88 on March 21. Siakam scored 26 points points to help lead the Raptors to the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Fred VanVleet is averaging 20.3 points, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals for the Raptors. Siakam is averaging 22.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists over the past 10 games for Toronto.
Embiid is averaging 30.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 blocks for the 76ers. Tyrese Maxey is averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.
LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 7-3, averaging 113.2 points, 47.1 rebounds, 23.5 assists, 8.6 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.9 points per game.
76ers: 6-4, averaging 115.0 points, 43.6 rebounds, 26.3 assists, 7.9 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.5 points.
INJURIES: Raptors: Isaac Bonga: out (foot), OG Anunoby: day to day (quad), Yuta Watanabe: out (quad).
76ers: None listed.