IND vs TOR Dream11 NBA Team Prediction – Fantasy Team News
Toronto Raptors vs Indiana Pacers
Match Timing: December 20, 2018, @ 06:00 AM IST
NBA Regular Season
Venue – Scotiabank Arena
IND vs TOR DREAM11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Two in-form teams will collide in an NBA match when Toronto Raptors welcome a high-flying Indiana Pacers to Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto, Ontario, on Thursday morning (IST).
Toronto Raptors fell to Denver Nuggets in the match between the two conferences leaders. Toronto are proving to be irresistible for most of the team this season and are sitting at the top of Eastern Conference while Denver Nuggets have ripped the mickey out of every NBA prediction and are keeping Golden State Warriors at bay from the very summit of the Western Conference.
Raptors headed into the Nuggets clash as a team with the best overall record in the NBA regular season so far. While many NBA pundits are predicting that the Denver-Bubble will, sooner or later, burst.
But 30 games can’t be a fluke and it showed in their performance which was dogged, tenacious and full of intensity. They became only the first team this season to keep Raptors below 90 points this season as they beat visitors 95-86.
Kawhi Leonard did score 29 points in the match but he couldn’t put the basketball into the hoop in the first 22 minutes of the game. Only two other player touched the double-digit mark with Serge Ibaka and Delon Wright scoring 14 and 15 points respectively.
While Indiana Pacers are flying this season and looks a real threat in the Eastern Conference. At the moment they are 3rd in the table with 20 wins from the 31 games.
However, the match was a reminder that nothing can be taken for granted, not even against the low performing teams.
It was a match which was considered as a one-sided affair for Indiana considering the form of both the teams. Pacers were on a seven-game winning streak while the opponents Cleveland Cavaliers are reeling in the foot of the table ever since LeBron James left the franchise. Also, the fact that the Pacers were at home, made the hosts clear favorites in the match.
But since everything was going easy for Pacers they had to look for ways for defeats and that’s what they did.
There was not even a one moment in the match where Indiana looked serious enough to extend their winning streak. They lacked intensity, fumbled the ball, stumbled and never looked a cohesive unit.
Regular Season Record-
Toronto Raptors: W-23, L-9
Indiana Pacers: W-20, L-10
Players to watch out for:
Kawhi Leonard – The 2014 NBA finals MVP is finally showing the signs to return back to his very best. The former San Antonio Spurs star is racking up 26.1 points per game, rising to 28.8 in the last 10 games. It’s a sign that he is hitting the heights, and one of the big reasons why Raptors are at the top in Eastern Conference at this moment.
Serge Ibaka – There is Kawhi Leonard and then there are many in Toronto Raptors’ team who are performing almost at the same level, Serge Ibaka is one of them. The 29-year-old star is averaging 16.4 points per game, which is way higher than his career average of 12.2 points per game.
Victor Oladipo – He has become an indispensable part of the squad since trading for Indiana Pacers last season. His average for the season is 20.8 points per game and he remains the only player in Pacers’ rank to average in the 20s this season.
Bojan Bogdanovic – He can pop up with big numbers in the game and is averaging 2nd most points for Indiana Pacers this season.
IND vs TOR DREAM11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – Jonas Valanciunas has missed the last two games for Toronto Raptors and will be missing the game against Pacers with a finger injury. Also, Normal Powell continues to be on the sidelines for the current Eastern Conference leaders.
Questionable – The other big guns who missed the last game are Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam. But their situation has been upgraded to questionable ahead of this match.
Also, Fred Van Vleet is expected to be assessed ahead of this match.
Suspended – None.
Injured – Tyreke Evans is the only player who has been ruled out of the match with a knee injury. All the big guns are available for selection in this match.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None
IND vs TOR Dream11 Teams (Probables):
From the bench:
IND vs TOR DREAM11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
It’s as tough as it can get for Indiana Pacers as they face Eastern Conference leaders in their next match after getting bundled over by Cleveland Cavaliers last time around.
A home win is our call.
NOTE: THIS IND vs TOR DREAM11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.