CHI vs TOR Dream11: Hello, dear readers, how has been the fantasy season churned out for you. Yeah, same old injuries, same old unpredictability, and even with the COVID-19 threat now not as prominent, still, many absentees. Well, of course, in a season where each team plays 82 games and engage in an athletic endeavor, there will be a large number of injuries. This is a harsh reality of being an NBA player, your body takes a lot of tolls, and trust me, it is not an easy job at all. Anyway, we will see athletes performing their job once again as the Chicago Bulls host the Toronto Raptors.
The Bulls have been having a tough period and well, of course, it is the threat of injuries that has taken a toll upon them. Chicago has lodged most losses this month when we take into account how they have fared in the season overall. The biggest hit has been that Lonzo Ball is going to be out long-term while Alex Caruso has been sidelined indefinitely.
On the other hand, the Raptors have been playing some inspirational basketball and their record rather doesn’t display their defensive grit and the overall effort level. The lack of backup guards and wings has surely hurt the team balance but well, this team has still found multiple all-around options throughout the season.
Host: Chicago Bulls
Visitors: Toronto Raptors
Match Timing: 27 January, @ 06:30 AM
Venue: United Center
Bulls: Tough time for them
Bulls were at the top of the rankings in the Eastern Conference around the late December period. Chicago has been missing their key players game in and game out, and well, rather than the team’s overall chemistry, the issue has been simple: injuries. With Ball out, the team loses an all-around three-point knockdown shooter, while the absence of Alex Caruso certainly hurts the perimeter defense and an energy injector. These two are a huge part of the regular rotation and well, their value can’t be captured in stats alone. The Bulls are hurt and they need a spark from the bench.
Still, with LaVine and DeRozan, you have two of the best isolation scorers in the league who can make hay together during most nights. And it is the duo in tandem that has propelled Bulls’ run and they haven’t gotten a chance to play together this month. Apart from these two, Nikola Vucevic is an important part of this team, providing size that enables him to grab rebounds, score in numerous ways, and is an overall solid Center. On the other hand, rookie Ayo Dosunmu has been on fire recently while Coby White is a streak scorer who can light it up on his day. With JaVonte Green back, the hustle aspect may improve and I think the Dosumu-LaVine-DeRozan-Green-Vucevic lineup has some versatility but the team’s bench is running out of resources at this point. Let us not forget the team’s best defensive option in Patrick Williams has been hurt since the early season and will be out of the fray for long term.
Raptors: Fighting spirit and an all-around galore
Raptors have had their best month and they have done well despite not having a substantial bench all season long. Toronto has built a squad that has all-around talent and well, even with a lack of bench, they have a heavy-duty starting lineup. Fred Van Vleet, Pascal Siakam, Scottie Barnes, and OG Anunoby are among four of the thirteen players in terms of most minutes per game. No team has these many players figuring in this list as much as Toronto. This means that the main five has had to carry a lot of loads throughout the season and well, this is why the team sometimes runs out of gas late in the game.
With Gary Trent Jr’s absence some time ago, the team suffered some close losses. Why? Gary does a wonderful job of sharing the guard spot with Fred and it decreases the load on him, actually, Fred has performed better alongside Gary. He is an isolation option and yes, he can score in bunches. At big Forward, Pascal Siakam is one of the best players, and his all-around abilities and defensive discipline make the Raptors formidable on both ends. Rookie Scottie Barnes supplies an all-around game too and has improved the Raptors’ defense this season. OG Anunoby is a superb two-way player, Center Chris Boucher has played his best this month, and Precious Achiuwa has done well as the back-up Center too. Can the Raptors go on a winning run with their current bench?
Toronto Raptors | Chicago Bulls
Games: 45| 46
Wins: 23| 27
Defeats: 22| 19
Chicago Bulls News:
Bulls Expected Starting Five
Wings/ Forward: SF: JaVonte Green | SF: DeMar DeRozan
Middle: C: Nikola Vucevic(PROBABLE)
Guards: SG: Zach LaVine | SG: Ayu Dosunmu
BENCH: Coby White, Troy Brown Jr, Tyler Cook, Alfonzo McKinnie, Matt Thomas, Malcolm Hill, Marko Samonovic.
Toronto Raptors Team News
Raptors Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Scottie Barnes (Game Time Decision) | SF: OG Anunoby
Middle: PF: Pascal Siakam
Guards: SG: Fred VanVleet (Game Time Decision) | PG: Gary Trent Jr
BENCH: Chris Boucher, Precious Achiuwa, Svi Mykhailiuk, Delano Banton, Isaac Bonga, Justin Champagnie, Malachi Flynn, David Johnson, Yuta Watanabe.
Fred VanVleet(TOR) missed the last game and is a Game-Time Decision. He was having some scoring trouble before his injury but he constantly figures in the 20+ points range, 4+ rebounds, and assists on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-41
LaVine is one of the best isolation scorers in the league who combines terrific shooting with some great athleticism. The guard has usually scored in the 23-29 points range while can figure in the 5+ assists and rebounds range too. The athletic player can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 41-52
Siakam is one of the best big Forwards and seriously, he is like a combination of a wing and a big Forward with his dribbling abilities and all-around game. Pascal usually figures in the 19-25 points, 6+ rebounds, and 4+ assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-50
Nikola has been one of the Centers in the league for years now and well when you can grab tough boards, scoop up points, and gel in most offensive systems, that is understandable. Vucevic has scored 19 or more in three of the last four games while grabbing 11-15 rebounds in most of the games lately. He is probable for this game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-52
OG has become an exceptional off-guard isolation scorer and well now a two-way threat who complements the current Raptors core well. OG has scored usually in the 11-14 range lately but I think he is more of a 17-24 range scorer in long term. He has been grabbing 7-8 rebounds a game these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-40
DeMar DeRozan(CHI) has been one of the best scorers this season and oh, what a season he has had since signing with the Bulls in the offseason. DeRozan has usually scored in the 25+ points range, has grabbed 5-8 rebounds, and given around 3+ assists on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-42
PG: A Dosunmu
SG: G Trent, C White
SF: Z LaVine(PP), O Anunoby
PF: P Siakam(SP), J Green
C: P Achiuwa
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