NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 6th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (42-33) at Philadelphia 76ers (30-44), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors close out a three-game road trip
this evening against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.
The Raptors are 1-1 on the trek and posted a 111-108 win over the Orlando
Magic on Wednesday at Amway Arena. Chris Bosh posted 28 points and nine
rebounds for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who can wrap up their
first division title tonight with a win over the Sixers coupled with a New
Jersey Nets loss to the Chicago Bulls.
The Raptors are 6 1/2 games ahead of the Nets in the Atlantic Division.
Anthony Parker scored 20 points in the win for playoff-bound Toronto, which is
currently third in the Eastern Conference standings. The Raptors have won four
of five and 10 of their last 14 games. Toronto also owns a 15-23 road record
The 76ers, meanwhile, have won two of their last three games and will open a
three-game homestand Friday night.
In Wednesday's 92-90 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden,
Andre Iguodala scored 18 points and Kyle Korver tallied 17 for the Sixers, who
are 3 1/2 games off the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
Andre Miller added 14 points and seven assists and Willie Green had 13 points
for the Sixers.
Philadelphia will also host Atlanta and Indiana, and is 19-17 at the Wachovia
Center this season. In injury news for the 76ers, forward Joe Smith (personal)
is questionable versus the Raptors.
Friday's game between Philadelphia and Toronto is the third of four meetings
this season. Toronto is 2-0 so far in the series and will host the Sixers on
April 18 at the Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors have won three straight and seven of the last 13 meetings. They
have also won two in a row in the City of Brotherly Love.
04/06 11:35:06 ET