LAC vs TOR Dream11: As the NBA head towards the postseason window, we are getting a clearer look at what teams are remaining in contention and which teams may not even make the Play-in tournament. The mid-level teams are fighting it out to somehow sneak into the top-six spots to avoid the Play-in tournament but the window to make a big run has shortened at this point. Still, the Play-in tournament will offer the chance to enter the Playoffs, and the two teams here in the Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors will clash here.
The Clippers have been doing a great job of staying over 50% win mark even if by a game or two, considering how short-handed they have been all season long. This veteran unit has been giving trouble to even elite squads and they remain in a firm position to finish in the top-eight rankings in the West.
On the other hand, the Raptors have been doing a wonderful job as well and although they hit a tough period a few days ago when OG Anunoby went out, they have figured out their rotations. They are on a four-game winning streak and through their impressive defense and ability to win away from home, they are solidifying their seventh spot.
Host: LA Clippers
Visitors: Toronto Raptors
Match Timing: 17 March, @ 08:00 AM
Venue: Crypto.com Arena
Raptors: They have been in a sweet spot recently
Raptors come into this game after hammering every elite’s team favorite punching bag in the LA Lakers, winning 114:103. Gary Trent, Scottie Barnes, and Pascal Siakam all crossed 20 points and the latter two have been doing that rather too often these days. The team received just 8 points from Fred Van Vleet but he did scoop up 7 rebounds and 7 assists. But that is because Fred has been rather too hurt these days which has also impacted the balance. However, Achiuwa and Boucher had another 10+ points night and they have surely done their bit throughout the season. This is a Raptors team that has been riding on multiple all-around players.
What makes the Raptors special is having multiple gritty defenders in Fred, Gary, Barnes, Anunoby, and Siakam. The other special part has been that the Raptors have gone on a four-game winning streak the first time without having OG Anunoby, without him, the team depth is surely hurt. The upcoming schedule for the Raptors looks rather trickier but then we also have to take into account how nine of the next 14 games will be at home. The team has one win fewer than the Cavaliers and one more loss and with the way both teams are playing, the Raptors can be in the play to seize the top six spot, which is huge! Can the Raptors make a hard push as the Playoffs close in?
Clippers: Tough window recently but they have been admirable
The Clippers come into this game after losing to the Cavaliers 111:120 in Overtime, pushing the Garland-led squad to the brink despite missing two of their top scorers these days in Jackson and Morris. And this is how the Tyron Lue-coached team has performed all season long, getting the most out of the depleted lineup. Remember the Clippers have been missing Kawhi Leonard, their leading scorer and two-way threat throughout the season, then Paul George has been absent for multiple months while Norman Powell is also out indefinitely.
Despite missing these players, Reggie Jackson has been doing his bit as the main ball-handler but yes, if he is having an off-night, the Clippers are most likely to lose, that is the extent of his impact.. Morris has been doing well as an isolation wing scorer in absence of Leonard but perhaps the most impressive Clippers player recently has been Ivica Zubac, who has been active on the boards, has dipped in a bunch of points, also plays decent help defense. Coffey, Kennard, Mann, Hartenstein, and Covington have slated in well as the role players. They really have a tough schedule though and it can halt their progress a bit.
Toronto Raptors | LA Clippers
Games: 68 | 71
Wins: 38 | 36
Defeats: 30 | 35
Clippers Expected Starting Five
Big Forward: PF: Nicolas Batum
Wing SF: Marcus Morris Sr.
Middle: C: Ivica Zubac
Guards: SG: Amir Coffey | PG: Reggie Jackson
BENCH: Terance Mann, Reggie Covington, Luke Kennard, Isaiah Hartenstein, Jay Scrubb, Moses Wright, Brandon Boston Jr.
Toronto Raptors Team News
Raptors Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Scottie Barnes
Middle: PF: Pascal Siakam | C: Precious Achiuwa
Guards: SG: Fred VanVleet (QUESTIONABLE) | PG: Gary Trent Jr
BENCH: Chris Boucher, Khem Birch, Svi Mykhailiuk, Delano Banton, Isaac Bonga, Justin Champagnie, Yuta Watanabe.
Versatile Power Forward Pascal continues to leave his imprints all over the game and has done a great job of scoring, rebounding, playmaking, and playing elite defense. He has mostly been in 20-27 points, 7-11 rebounds, 4-7 assists, and 1-2 steal range. He can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-50
Guard Reggie missed the last game but when he plays, you have to watch out for him as the main ball-handler, scorer, and playmaker. The Point Guard has mostly been in 15-24 points, 5-9 assists, and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-42
Rookie Wing Scottie has been highly impressive as an all-around player and his scoring has accelerated recently. He has mostly been in 19-25 points, 6-9 rebounds, and 1-3 steals/blocks range recently.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-49
Center Ivica has been a huge difference-maker as the inside scorer, rebounder, and shot-blocker, playing some of his best ball recently. Zubac has mostly scored around 14 points, grabbed 10-14 rebounds. and has registered 1-2 blocks a game lately.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-46
Big-Forward Marcus has been having a strong season and has done his bit to cover up the hole on the wing position as an isolation scorer. The wing has mostly been in 13-18 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-35
Gary Trent Jr.(TOR)
Two-way Guard Gary has been doing a great job defensively but his offense is up-and-down these days, however, when he does score big, the Raptors win more often. He has mostly been in 17-19 points, 3-5 rebounds, and 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-36
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