DAL vs TOR Dream11: Dallas Mavericks will look for an immediate response to their embarrassing defeat to New York Knicks in the last game when the defending champions come to the two for a matchup in NBA. The game will be played at American Airlines Center.
Kristaps Porzingis returned to New York for the first time since making a switch to Dallas in the summer and the reaction of the home fans told the whole story. He was jeered right from the off and till the end of the regulation time much to the delight of the home fans, the Knicks, struggling so far this season, managed to beat Mavericks in some incredible fashion, and more importantly. Porzingis.
The game was tied at 103 points each when Marcus Morris buried a 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds remaining. That was the game for the Knick and the defeat for the Mavericks who now lost two consecutive games.
The Mavericks are now 6-5 and sit 8th in the Western Conference. With so many super teams in the West, the games against the teams like Knicks are important for the Mavericks to win if they are to remain relevant in the playoff battle. But Dallas are set to play four games at home and should target a positive return from these matches.
Toronto Raptors, meanwhile, are showing that they have the teeth to bite despite Kawhi Leonard leaving the North in the summer. In fact, they are also without Kyle Lowry these days and despite that, they are winning games. The champions beat Portland Trail Blazers 106-114 in the last game and improved their season record to 8-3, and sit fourth in the Eastern Conference.
Both teams have faced each other a total of 45 times in the regular season. Dallas Mavericks have the edge in this fixture as they recorded 25 wins, while Toronto have 20 wins in those matchups.
That said, the recent history has tilted towards the Raptors, who swept the last season's series 2-0, their 3rd straight win over the Mavericks. In fact, Toronto have won 9 wins in the last 12 games against the Mavericks.
Host: Dallas Mavericks
Visitors: Toronto Raptors
Match Timing: November 17, @07:00 AM
Venue: American Airlines Center
Pascal Siakam: It's almost impossible to replace a player of Kawhi Leonard's capability but Pascal Siakam is doing wonders in North. He is averaging a career-best 27.2 points per game this season.
Luka Doncic: Talking about wonders, Mavericks have a superstar on their roster who is racking up insane numbers despite being a sophomore in NBA. He is averaging 28.7 points per game this season.
Kristaps Porzingis: Though he seemed to lack consistency this season, and that's understandable considering his long injury layoff, he remains a unique, a star who can certainly shine the brightest in Dallas.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Dallas Mavericks have a clean bill of health and will go into the home tilt against the Raptors with a fully-fit squad.
But the visitors are shorthanded these days and will be without a few first-term stars. Kyle Lowry remains sidelined with a finger injury and won't be returning anytime soon. Serge Ibaka is also out for the Raptors as he recovers from an ankle injury. Patrick McCaw, meanwhile, remains a long-term injury absentee.
In addition, the Raptors could be in for a timely boost as OG Anunoby could make a comeback from injury in this match.
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PF: Kristaps Porzingis
SF: Dorian Finney-Smith
C: Dwight Powell
PG: Luka Doncic
SG: Seth Curry
PF: Pascal Siakam
SF: Malcolm Miller
C: Marc Gasol
PG: Fred VanVleet
SG: Norman Powell
Dallas Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr., Delon Wright, Maxi Kleber, Jalen Brunson, Boban Marjanovic
Toronto Raptors: Terence Davis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris Boucher, Matt Thomas, Stanley Johnson
Raptors are 4-3 on the road this season while the Maveifcs have 3 wins in five home games this season. But the visitors have been more impressive in the season so far and we back them ton win this game.