The third game of the first-round series between the Sixers and the Raptors tips off tonight as Philadelphia looks to continue to dominate the series. After winning the first two matchups by a combined total of 35 points, the Sixers are well on their way to securing a confident first-round victory, but they must keep their same level of aggression to finish the job.
- When: Wednesday April 20th at 8:00 PM
- Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, CA
- How: NBA TV, NBCSP, 97.5 FM The Fanatic
The Toronto Raptors are looking a bit healthier heading into tonight’s matchup. However, the Sixers will be missing one key cog, not just for tonight but for every game played in Toronto.
- Matisse Thybulle – Out (Ineligible)
- Charless Bassey – Out (Shoulder)
The Sixers continue to be without rookie Charles Bassey, who continues to recover from a shoulder injury that kept him out of the G League Finals. It’s not just Bassey, though, as the team will also be without defensive star Matisse Thybulle.
The news of Thybulle’s absence is something fans were somewhat prepared for, but it remains to be seen how the team responds in a playoff game. Likely candidates to receive Thybulle’s minutes are Furkan Korkmaz, Georges Niang, or perhaps even Charlie Brown Jr. gets a chance to add some defensive minutes.
- Gary Trent Jr. – Questionable (Non-COVID illness)
- Scottie Barnes – Doubtful (Ankle)
Gary Trent Jr. played the majority of Monday night’s game, yet he finds himself once again on the injury report. The Raptors’ young sniper continues to deal with a non-COVID illness putting his availability in question. Another name who continues to be on the report is rookie Scottie Barnes. The Florida State alumnus continues to recover from a sprained ankle that he sustained in Game One of the series. He is currently listed as doubtful and is in danger of missing another game for the Raptors.
- Moneyline: PHI -135
- Spread: -2
- Total: o/u 216
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently two-point favorites over the Toronto Raptors. A final decision on Scottie Barnes’ availability will likely swing the numbers further. Either in the Sixers’ direction or perhaps push them in the Raptors’ favor, potentially making them the favorite.
Despite the game being played on Toronto’s home court and the lack of Matisse Thybulle, the Sixers should still be able to pull this one out. The one thing about the absence of Matisse Thybulle is that it helps the case of taking the “over” when it comes to the points total.
Final Score: Philadelphia 76ers – 113 | Toronto Raptors – 107