Complete Sixers-Raptors first-round time table introduced

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The beginning of the Sixers’ first-round playoff collection towards the Raptors is only a few days away.

We already knew issues have been kicking off on Saturday night, however now we now have the total collection time table:

Sport 1 — Saturday Apr. 16, 6:00 pm ET, at Wells Fargo Heart, broadcast on ESPN.
Sport 2 — Monday Apr. 18, 7:30 pm ET, at Wells Fargo Heart, broadcast on TNT.
Sport 3 — Wednesday Apr. 20, 8:00 pm ET, at Scotiabank Enviornment, broadcast on NBA TV.
Sport 4 — Saturday Apr. 23, 2:00 pm ET, at Scotiabank Enviornment, broadcast on TNT.
Sport 5 — Monday Apr. 25, at Wells Fargo Heart, TBD.
Sport 6 — Thursday Apr. 28, at Scotiabank Enviornment, TBD.
Sport 7 — Saturday Apr. 30, at Wells Fargo Heart, TBD.

The Sixers indubitably have the merit in phrases of top of the range ability with Joel Embiid and James Harden, however this collection goes to be a aggressive one. The Raptors are extraordinarily smartly coached below Nick Nurse, and feature generally had a greater figuring out than different groups of when and the place to double crew Embiid from. With a plethora of lengthy, athletic forwards akin to OG Anunoby, Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam, the Raptors are flexible and rapid — necessarily, they’re just about the other of the Sixers from a bodily viewpoint.

The Raptors’ bigs could also be undersized to protect Embiid one-on-one, which is a bonus for the large fella, however they’ll be throwing competitive assist at him from all angles and feature the team of workers to modify on Embiid-Harden pick-and-rolls. Switching has been a method defenses have bogged down the Harden-led pick-and-roll assault to this point, so how successfully will Harden be capable of force and get off his step-back threes? We’ll see quickly sufficient. And for some detailed research on Harden, LB’s Dave Early wrote all about balancing Harden’s scoring and passing skillset.

The Raptors have put in combination a powerful stretch of play in recent times, going 16-9 after the All-Megastar spoil with their fifth-ranked protection on this stretch main the way in which. In the meantime, their offensive score (113.5) has nonetheless been slightly below moderate on this time, score handiest nineteenth. Once more, if Embiid and Harden keep composed and Tyrese Maxey helps to keep thriving because the Sixers’ 3rd man, that is the place the Sixers’ firepower may just assist them pull forward. Philly has been dominant with each Embiid and Harden at the ground, recording a ludicrous 125.7 offensive score and +16.6 web score of their 603 mins in combination to this point, according to PBP Stats.

There are many attention-grabbing matchups and tactical selections to practice on this collection. It’s going to be thrilling (and most certainly irritating for enthusiasts) staring at all of it play out.

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