Sixers-Raptors preview: Joel Embiid will rest as squad tries to snap streak

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Sixers guard Ben Simmons shoots the basketball during warm-ups before the Sixers play their home opener against the Boston Celtics on Friday.

76ers vs. Toronto Raptors at a glance

TEAMS:  Sixers (0-2) vs. Raptors (1-0)

WHEN:  7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: The Air Canada Centre

BROADCASTS: TV – NBCSP; RADIO – 97.5 FM

SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE:  TWITTER – @PompeyOnSixers, INSTAGRAM – PompeyOnSixers

PROBABLE STARTERS

SIXERS (0-1)

17 J.J. Redick G 6-4  15.5 ppg. 4.0 apg.

33 Robert Covington PF 6-9  20.5 ppg. 1.5 bpg.

5 Amir Johnson C 6-10 2.5 ppg. 3.5 rpg.

0 Jerryd Bayless SG 6-3  15.5 ppg. 2.0 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 14.5 ppg. 10.5 apg.

Coach: Brett Brown (Fifth season, 75-255)

Injury report: Richaun Holmes (left wrist fracture, out), Joel Embiid (left knee rest)

Raptors (1-0)

24 Norman Powell G 6-4 15.0 ppg 4.0 rpg.

9 Serge Ibaka PF 6-10 8.0 ppg. 4.0 rpg.

17 Jonas Valanciunas C 7-0 23.0 ppg. 15.0 rpg.

10 DeMar DeRozan SG 6-7 11.0 ppg. 5.0 apg.

7 Kyle Lowry PG 6-1 12.0 ppg. 9.0 apg.

Coach: Dwane Casey (Ninth season, 315-284)

Injury report:  Malcolm miller (post-surgery right ankle, out)

LAST SERIES MEETING

Ibaka finished with 24 points and six blocks as the Raptors prevailed 113-105 on April 2 at the Air Canada Centre. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrat paced the Sixers with 23 points.

THE SERIES

The Sixers own a 48-36 series advantage

UPCOMING GAMES

Monday: 7 p.m., at Little Caesars Arena, Sixers vs. Detroit Pistons

Wednesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Houston Rockets at Sixers

Friday: 8:30 p.m., at American Airlines Center, Sixers vs. Dallas Mavericks

Oct. 30: 8 p.m., at Toyota Center, Sixers vs. Rockets

Nov. 1: 7 p.m.., at Wells Fargo Center, Atlanta Hawks vs. Sixers