Despite what can best be described as an inconsistent start, the Philadelphia 76ers are hovering two games above .500 and trying for their third straight win Tuesday, as they host a Toronto team they've beaten in five of the past six meetings, including a 93-83 win in Toronto on Nov. 10. Philadelphia, which has won two straight and five of seven, looks to match a season-best winning streak as it closes out a five-game homestand before playing at Cleveland on Wednesday.
The Raptors are still trying to string together two wins for the first time this season, and they'll have another chance after Sunday's 97-86 home win over Orlando. To notch its first winning streak, tough, Toronto will have to solve its road woes. The Raptors are 1-4 away from home and have been outscored by an average margin of 9.6 points. The Raptors are beginning their fifth back-to-back set of the season - they play at Charlotte on Wednesday - and they are 0-4 in the first game of those sets and 3-1 in the second game.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TSN, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (3-7): Toronto put everything together Sunday against Orlando, and the Raptors are beginning to look more comfortable without guard Kyle Lowry, who ranked second on the team averaging 18.3 points before a sprained ankle and bruised foot sidelined him. Jose Calderon has stepped in for Lowry and averaged 13 assists over the past five games, including a season-high 18 against the Magic. DeMar DeRozan (19.0 points) leads five players averaging double digits in scoring, including Lowry.
ABOUT THE 76ERS (6-4): Philadelphia's inconsistency mimics that of point guard Jrue Holiday, who leads the team with averages of 18.6 points and 8.6 assists but also averages a league-worst 4.9 turnovers. Thaddeus Young (12.2 points, 7.3 rebounds) is off to a solid start, and Jason Richardson (11.8 points) and Evan Turner (11.5 points) also are averaging in double digits. The 76ers have reined in their turnover issues somewhat recently; after averaging 15.3 in the first seven games, they've cut that to 8.3 in the past three contests.
1. Philadelphia is 4-0 when Turner shoots at least 45 percent from the floor and 2-4 when he doesn't meet that threshold.
2. Bargnani has averaged 23.2 points in six games against the 76ers over the past three seasons.
3. Toronto (13.2) and Philadelphia (13.5) rank second and third in the NBA for the fewest turnovers per game. The New York Knicks lead the league with an average of 10.3.