Brooklyn Nets come home from their China Tour to round off their preseason with a home game against the reigning champions Toronto Raptors.
The wins in the preseason can not be used as a marker for how a team may go about its business in the regular season, but the way Nets outplayed the Los Angeles Lakers in their preseason 2-0 whitewash in China, Nets will be one of the teams to watch out for this coming season.
And imagine, what this team can do when Kevin Durant returns, and Kyrie Irving playing at his full potential? The sky is the limit.
Raptors opened their preseason with a 134-129 win over Houston Rockets but have lost the last two against the Rockets and Chicago Bulls.
What competition it is? NBA Pre-season 2019
The match will be played between Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The arena has a capacity of 19,000.
Match Day: October 19, 2019, @ 05:00 AM IST
Sony Sports Network has the rights to stream NBA Pre-season 2019 in India. Premier members can also catch the Live-Action on SonyLiv App.
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When a team signs a player like Kyrie Irving, the postseason should be the minimum target to achieve in the season. But it’s the addition of Kevin Durant which has skyrocketed the expectation factor.
The team should fin no problem in qualifying for the postseason and sky should be the limit for Nets when Durant finally returns from his long injury layoff.
Kawhi Leonard has left the franchise for pastures new in Los Angeles. So don’t be in an illusion if you are a Toronto Raptors fan. The team may have offered Kyle Lowry an extension to his existing contract, but the management has failed to replace Leonard with another superstar.
The team should qualify for the playoffs though.
BKN vs TOR Dream11 team News:
No reported injury concerns for Brooklyn Nets ahead of their final preseason game against Toronto Raptors.
Kyrie Irving has fully recovered from the facial injury he suffered in the first preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers. That said, the reports suggest that the former Cleveland Cavaliers star will be used only in a limited capacity.
Kevin Durant remains a long-term injury absentee. The two-time NBA finals MVP suffered Achilles injury in Game-5 of NBA finals against Toronto Raptors and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.
Patrick McCaw suffered a knee injury in the last game but the MRI did not reveal structural damage. However, he has been ruled out for Friday’s preseason game against the Nets.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is listed as doubtful due to a sore left groin.
Kyle Lowry was involved in a full practice game before this match and could make his first appearance in this preseason.
Squad for the NBA Pre-season 2019:
Brooklyn Nets squad:
C.J. Williams, Kyrie Irving, Lance Thomas, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, Joe Harris, Henry Ellenson, Garrett Temple, Taurean Prince, Caris LeVert, Deng Adel, Jarrett Allen, John Egbunu, Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs, Theo Pinson, Jaylen Hands, David Nwaba, Wilson Chandler, Nicolas Claxton
Toronto Raptors Squad:
Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, Fred VanVleet, Patrick McCaw, Stanley Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Matt Thomas, Terence Davis, Cameron Payne, Malcolm Miller, Chris Boucher, Isaiah Taylor, Dewan Hernandez, Sagaba Konate, Oshae Brissett, Devin Robinson
Players to watch out for: (Captain options):
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BKN vs TOR Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
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INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION
Brooklyn Nets will start the game as favourites.