Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 1/7/12

The Philadelphia 76ers have established themselves as a dynamic team on both sides of the ball, averaging 101.5 ppg (3rd in the league) while holding their opponents to 89.5 ppg (2nd best in the league). The 12-point difference has led the Sixers to a 4-2 record as they sit atop the Atlantic division. 

Tonight's game against the Toronto Raptors will be their first division game of the youngseason. The Raptors most likely won't be a playoff team, but they could sneak in to a lower seed if they get production out of their two most dangerous scorers: Andre Bargnani and Demar DeRozan. 

The duo is averaging 39.3 ppg and are just two of three Raptors who are averaging double-figure scoring totals (Jose Calderon averages 13.1). The threat that these two players will create for the Sixers is their ability to hit shots from long-range. 

Bargnani is a 39% shooter from deep and DeRozan is among the league leaders with a 58% average from three-point range. DeRozan's best game of the young season was easily his performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He drilled five of his eight attempts from long range and finished with a season-high 25 points. He has cooled off, though, only hitting two three-pointers in three games this month; however, he is averaging 16 ppg this month despite his lack of production from deep. 

On the contrary, Bargnani has yet to cool off, collecting five 20+ ppg in Toronto's seven games so far. The Italian native does most of his work from mid-range, but in the two games that he has hit multiple three-pointers this season, Bargnani has eclipsed 30 points. The Sixers struggled with Lamarcus Aldridge in the opening game because he was able to get out of the paint and hit mid-range shots. The Sixers have to expect Bargnani to do the same, but hopefully this time around they are more prepared. 

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