Sixers, Raptors Series to Begin Saturday
The Philadelphia 76ers finished off the first round of the playoffs with a blowout win of the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. They closed the series with a 4-1 advantage, winning four straight following a Game 1 loss at home.
The Sixers are now onto the Eastern Conference Semifinals against a Toronto Raptors team that has given them fits for years. That being said, the last time these two teams met, Philadelphia started Landry Shamet and Mike Muscala. Furkan Korkmaz also played 20 minutes. Additionally, Toronto acquired Marc Gasol at the deadline, so both teams have a little bit of a different look heading into this series.
Philadelphia and Toronto will officially open up their second round series on Saturday, April 27 on TNT. If the Spurs and Nuggets need a Game 7, the Sixers-Raptors first game will take place at 7:30 p.m. If Denver closes out the Spurs in Game 6, Philly and Toronto's game will begin at 8:00 p.m.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Game 2 between the Sixers and Raptors will take place on Monday, April 29 in Toronto. After the first two games north of the border, the series shifts to Philadelphia for Games 3 & 4 on Thursday, May 2 and Sunday, May 5.
Times and networks for Games 2-4 and beyond have not yet been released. Toronto took the season series from Philadelphia, 3-1.
ESPN's Tim Bontemps reports that Boston and Milwaukee will play Game 1 of their semifinals series on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the Warriors and Rockets could begin Sunday at 3:30 p.m. barring a comeback from the Clippers and Jazz. The Blazers will face the winners of the Nuggets/Spurs series on Monday, April 29.