The Sixers (4-13) hit the road for the first time in nearly two weeks when they take on the Toronto Raptors (10-6) at Air Canada Centre Monday night (7:30 p.m./TCN and

Let's take a closer look at the matchup.

1. On the road again
The Sixers' five-game homestand started off well with wins over the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat for their first consecutive victories since March 2015.

However, things came unraveled during the season-long stretch at home once the competition got stronger.

The Sixers dropped the remaining three games on the homestand, the final one a 112-108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. For the second time this season, the Sixers couldn't get over the hump down the stretch in a tight loss to the defending champs.

Now the Sixers will return to the road, which hasn't exactly been kind to them. They have dropped 21 straight games away from home.

They will try to reverse those fortunes without Joel Embiid, who stayed back in Philadelphia as a scheduled game off for rest.

2. Little defense for DeRozan
Guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan make up one of the best backcourts in the entire NBA. That's more true than ever now that DeRozan has taken his offensive game to a completely new level.

DeRozan is third in the league in scoring with 30.2 points per game. That's a huge jump from last season when he put up a then-career-high 23.5 points a night.


While the eighth-year guard has seen an uptick in usage, he has still been more efficient. Despite his usual three-point struggles (25.8 percent), DeRozan has connected on a career-best 48.8 percent from the field this season and racked up a 49.9 effective field goal percentage.

DeRozan is also getting to the line for a career-high 9.5 free throw attempts per game and making 80.9 percent of them.

So much for a guy resting on his laurels after signing a $139 million contact in the offseason.

3. Protection plan
The Sixers committed 16 turnovers in Sunday's loss to the Cavs, which is actually a small victory for a team that turns it over a league-high 17.8 times a game.

The Sixers would likely hope to see their turnovers drop even lower against the opportunistic Raptors. Toronto averages an NBA-best 19.5 points off turnovers per game.

The Raptors rank fifth in the league with 8.9 steals per game and have five different players that average at least one steal a night.

4. Injuries
Jerryd Bayless (wrist) sat out Sunday and is questionable to face the Raptors. Embiid (rest), Ben Simmons (foot) and Nerlens Noel (knee) are out for the Sixers.

Jared Sullinger (foot) and Delon Wright (shoulder) are out for the Raptors.

5. This and that
• The Sixers have lost 12 straight games to the Raptors. Their last win over Toronto came on Jan. 18, 2013.

• Monday's game opens a season-long six-game homestand for the Raptors.

• The Sixers' last road win was on Jan. 20, 2016, over the Orlando Magic.