Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction & Match Preview – October 7th, 2021 | NBA Preseason 2021-22
After playing their first NBA preseason game 2021-22 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, the Toronto Raptors will play the Philadelphia 76ers again on Thursday. At their previous meeting, the Sixers, who were going through internal turmoil and drama regarding Ben Simmons’ future with the team, were defeated by the locals.
While the Philadelphia 76ers finished the 2020-21 NBA regular season as the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors were ranked 12th in the same conference. The under-seeded team won in Game 1, but it’s safe to assume Philadelphia won’t make it easy for the Raptors at their home stadium.
Toronto Raptors preview
The Toronto Raptors started their preseason on a positive note. Under the guidance of Nick Nurse, Canada’s only NBA team won its first championship in 2019. Considered a brilliant offensive strategist, Nurse was unable to guide his team to the playoffs after the departure of Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors now also lost Kyle Lowry, who decided to move to Miami in search of better opportunities.
The Raptors lack pure scorers and rely heavily on Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet on the offensive end. In the next game, Siakam will definitely not be due to injury. However, it will be a good chance for Toronto to find other reliable scorers capable of taking the pressure off Siakam and VanVleet’s shoulders.
Philadelphia 76ers preview
The Philadelphia 76ers were built around the duo of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. However, Simmons has declared a cold war against his ball club and has now refused to play with the team. After their humiliating loss at the hands of the Raptors, the Sixers will try to fill the offensive and defensive void left in the wake of the Australian star.
It is still unclear if potential MVP candidate Joel Embiid will play again on October 7. He missed the first game against Toronto and his absence highlighted the glaring cracks in the Philadelphia 76ers’ offense.
Raptors vs 76ers match prediction
The Toronto Raptors knocked down the Philadelphia 76ers defense in the previous game. We think the next game will be a completely different story. The Sixers have three-point depth with Curry. Tyrese Maxey and Drummond will provide the team with great scoring assistance. We predict that Philadelphia will come out with a victory.
Where to watch Raptors vs 76ers?
The Toronto Raptors vs. the Philadelphia 76ers will be available for local viewing on NBC Sports Philadelphia and TSN2.