(1) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (5) Toronto Raptors
The Raptors lead the season series with the Beast of the East, three games to one. Carter vs. Iverson promises to be a high-scoring and fun matchup, but the Raptors have more balance up front, both on offense and defense. Look for Toronto to try to push the ball, if it stays a halfcourt game, the Sixers have the advantage. Dikembe Mutombo must be a presence in this series for Philly to neutralize the Toronto front line. Another key will be how well the Raptors recover from a rugged series (and game five) with the Knicks, which could allow Philadelphia to get a jump in the series.
||The Sixers will run Iverson (3) off screens and highlight him in isolation.
Iverson, who is always moving, cuts off a double screen from Tyrone Hill (40) and Dikembe Mutombo (55).
Eric Snow (20) passes to Iverson on the wing as George Lynch (9) clears.
||Iverson, a terrific 1-on-1 player, uses his great crossover dribble for clearance then hits the 'J'.