Rematches vs 76ers: 10/26, 10/28, 12/19, 3/31
This has quickly become one of the marquee matchups on the calendar for Toronto, as last year’s playoff series left a bad taste in the Raptors’ mouth. From Joel Embiid’s game-winner in Toronto to a Game 6 in which the Raptors were run out of the gym, Nick Nurse is chomping at the bit to get his revenge.
With James Harden back on the club for the long haul and Embiid every bit as viable an MVP contender as he was last year, the Sixers being the champions of the Eastern Conference would surprise not one soul. These games are going to be dogfights after the barbs these two teams traded.
The Toronto Raptors will go to war against the 76ers.
Nurse’s squad might not be as ready-made a contender as Philadelphia right now, but they showed that they could give Doc Rivers all he can handle despite Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. struggling with postseason ailments. A deeper, healthier team could be a problem.
The 76ers are a tier above Toronto right now, but the Raptors might be able to put some dents in their armor with some nice regular-season performances. Even if the Raptors end up below Philadelphia in the standings once again, sticking it to them in the regular season would be a treat.