Sixers vs. Raptors 7:00 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center
Sixers: 16-23 (fourth place in Atlantic Division, ninth place in East)
Raptors: 14-25 (fifth place in Atlantic Division, 12th place in East)
The Sixers on Wednesday had a great opportunity at their first two-game winning streak since Nov. 27-30, but lost to the 13-26 New Orleans Hornets.
This is a very important follow-up for the Sixers, because the next four games will be tough. After hosting the Raptors, the Sixers host the Spurs, travel to Milwaukee to face the Bucks, then return home to face the Knicks and Grizzlies. Those next four foes' combined winning percentage is .643.
The Raptors, who have beaten the Sixers once but lost to them twice this season, are on a three-game losing streak.
These teams met in Toronto last Wednesday, when the Sixers fell 90-72. The Sixers shot 39 percent that night and missed seven of 19 free throws.
The teams played twice before that, with the Sixers winning both November games.
Fridays contest is the fourth and final one between the Sixers and Raptors this season.
Jrue Holiday is consistent and that has been it. Holiday has scored 30 and 29 points in back-to-back games, with nine and 11 assists, respectively. On the season, hes averaging 19.0 points and 8.8 assists. Thats 5.0 points and 2.3 assists more than his previous career-bests.
Aside from Holiday, the Sixers simply dont know what theyll get on a game-to-game basis. Thad Young shot 6 of 18 on Wednesday and Jason Richardson scored five points after having his best shooting night in six weeks. Nick Young had a good Nick Young game, where his high-volume shooting paid off. He went 6 for 9 for 14 points in just 12 minutes.
Villanova product and Philly native Kyle Lowry is on a roll for the Raptors. In his last two games hes averaged 23.5 points on 13-for-22 shooting, with 4.5 assists and three rebounds off the bench. Hes also made six of nine threes.
Andrew Bynum (bone bruise) is out indefinitely.
Jason Richardson (knee) is a game-time decision.
Kwame Brown missed Thursdays practices for personal reasons.
Andrea Bargnani (elbow) hasnt played since Dec. 12.
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