This slide show will be a part of a series taking a look at the Raptors' division and their opponents.
Besides looking at the players, benches, and scheduling differences, the always underrated intangibles will also be analyzed.
The Toronto Raptors have certainly re-made their roster and hopefully the third time will be the charm for Canada’s only respectable sports franchise.
However, the road to an Atlantic Division title will have the Raptors contending with the likes of the 76’ers, a team with a history of derailing the continued upswing of Raptors basketball.
The Philadelphia 76’ers have had a terrible off-season.
They have lost point guard Andre Miller to the Trailblazers, hired Eddie Jordan as their new coach, (without the personnel to run his Princeton-style offense) and have one of their marquee players, Elton Brand, coming off of a serious knee injury. What is really going on in Philadelphia?
The Raptors first meet the 76’ers on January 8th in Philadelphia, followed by dates on February 10th (in Toronto), March 7th (in Toronto), and April 3rd (in Philadelphia).
My Prediction: If the Raptors want to be considered an elite team they should win at least three of these games. Based on the history the Raptors have with inferior opponents they are more likely to go 2-2.
Let’s take a look at how these teams match-up.
Agree? Disagree? Are you an angry Philly Fan who believes your team is better than the Raptors?
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