1. Playing the 76ers in Philadelphia (12/19, 3/31)
The Raptors were knocked out of the postseason picture by way of a six-game defeat against Philadelphia. While the 76ers are a better team with one of the best players in the league in Joel Embiid, the Raptors gave them everything they got despite some stars struggling with injuries.
The gap between the two teams might be narrowing if Scottie Barnes takes a step forward and Pascal Siakam proves that last year’s All-NBA season was no fluke. The Raptors certainly have the personnel to give Philadelphia some trouble in both the regular season and playoffs.
Can the Toronto Raptors hang with the 76ers?
There are still questions that need to be answered. Can Fred VanVleet defend Tyrese Maxey after struggling against him in the postseason? Will the Raptors be able to defend Embiid without a traditional seven-footer more experienced than Christian Koloko?
These two teams have some bad blood between each other considering what a physical first-round series they partook in. After Embiid trading barbs with the Raptors’ fanbase, shutting up that notoriously rowdy 76ers crowd would be what every Raptors fan wants to see.