Will Joel Embiid Play Tonight? 76ers vs Raptors: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Predictions

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December 30, 2020 2:30 am

The 2021 NBA season is catching heat as teams are playing games in a jam-packed schedule. There’s not much spare time in between fixtures, and the Philadelphia 76ers take on 2019 champs Toronto Raptors in what would be a clash between two promising Eastern Conference teams. 

Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Time: 7 PM ET (December 29, 2020)

The Sixers will be playing the fourth game of their campaign, while the Raptors will be playing their third. Philly has just lost one game so far, while Toronto is winless until now. It will indeed be an intense game, but both teams are hindered by an injury. 

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Toronto Raptors: Injury Update and Expected Lineups

Philadelphia 76ers

Big man Joel Embiid had to sit out in the Sixers’ previous game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the team ended up suffering a blowout defeat. But he is listed probable for the game tonight, which is a huge plus for Philly. 

Dec 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) shoots a foul shot in front of Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

However, 23-year-old Furkan Korkmaz is expected to be out for at least two weeks after suffering a thigh injury late in the game against the Cavs. He’s the only player currently injured and out for the 76ers. 

Possible Lineup

Ben Simmons (G)

Seth Curry (G)

Danny Green (F)

Tobias Harris (F)

Joel Embiid (C) 

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have endured a disappointing start to their 2021 campaign so far. Two quick losses would’ve derailed their confidence, which they’ll hope to regain with a win against the Sixers.

Dec 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives to the basket as Miami Heat forward KZ Okpala (4) defends during the first quarter at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A positive aspect about their upcoming game is that all their starters are healthy, which would prove vital against a team like Philly. However, the Raptors too, have an injury concern as Patrick McCaw is out against the Sixers. 

Possible Lineup

Kyle Lowry (G)

Fred VanVleet (G)

OG Anunoby (F)

Pascal Siakm (F)

Aron Baynes (C) 

Prediction

This game will be a closely contested encounter undoubtedly. There’s plenty of quality on either roster, which should make it a good watch for neutral fans. 

However, the Raptors are running low on confidence at the moment, and the loss of two valuable assets in Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol are hurting them at large. They’ve started off the 2021 season on a 0-2 run, and it is possible that the Sixers might hand them another defeat. 

Joel Embiid will most likely feature in the game, which would add more firepower to the Sixers’ lineup. Ben Simmons is currently leading the team in several statistical categories, and he would look to guide the team to register their third win of the season against the Raptors. 

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Arjun Athreya

Arjun Athreya is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers Basketball and Tennis for Essentially Sports. His journalism degree offered extra motivation to pursue his interests in the ever-growing world of sport. Arjun is based out of Chennai, India, and draws inspiration from several athletes, chiefly Michael Jordan, and Roger Federer. He loves exploring areas that present new opportunities.

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