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Raptors Experience Big SIC Health Score Drop Ahead of Game 2 vs 76ers
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The Toronto Raptors are facing an 0-1 hole in the series against the Philadelphia 76ers and will likely play Game 2 without three key pieces.
Scottie Barnes is out after suffering a left ankle inversion sprain in the fourth quarter, while Gary Trent Jr. and Thaddeus Young are both doubtful for Monday's contest.
The absence of those three drop the Raptors' Sports Injury Central health score to 75, a decrease of 18.6 points from Game 1.
Trent is reportedly dealing with a non-COVID illness, while Young suffered a hyperextended left thumb in Game 1.
The Sports Injury Central panel of doctors – including Dr. John Hefferon – believe Barnes is in danger of missing the entire series. The 20-year-old has no history of significant past ankle sprains, meaning this sprain likely caused extensive damage to the ligaments.
A return to play will be tough for Barnes because of his active play style on both sides of the ball.
Philadelphia has a SIC health score of 91.1 for Game 2 with no notable health issues.
That score will drop for Games 3 and 4 with Matisse Thybulle unable to play in Toronto because of his vaccination status.
Throughout the regular season and playoffs, teams with a SIC score advantage of 10+ are 22-10-2 against the spread.
The 76ers are favored by 7.5 points and the over/under is 215.5, according to NBA odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.