MIA vs TOR Dream11: As the NBA midseason is in full swing, don’t be surprised if you see some teams playing just the opposite of what they did in the first half. Injuries usually mount up during the time, especially in terms of players who compile a lot of minutes, and for others, some players return fresh and are ready to make an impact straight away. All this plays a huge role in determining a team’s season and this midseason window usually witnesses a decent number of trades which causes lineup shuffles. Will the two teams who meet here in Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors make some trades?
Heat has won 27 and lost 16 matches, improving since the last season. Miami has been playing some great offensive basketball and they have found a lot of different players stepping up their game off the bench. Heat has been proving to be a tough team to deal with this season and they certainly look deeper compared to last season.
Raptors have won 21 and lost 19 games, which is a better effort compared to around late December. With the return of the starters and OG Anunoby finally playing, the Toronto outfit looks more tight-knit on both ends of the floor. Perhaps the team has found the spark to make some sort of deep run.
Host: Miami Heat
Visitors: Toronto Raptors
Match Timing: 18 January, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: FTX Arena
Depth-wise, I feel the Heat has more options to deploy off the bench. The biggest headache for the Heat can be the duo of Van Vleet and Siakam, who have an experience of playing together for a decent amount of seasons while both of the players have been in a full groove since late December. Not having Lowry will hurt the defensive end and vocal leadership also goes missing. For the Heat, Buttler has been rusty, for obvious reasons, he keeps getting an injury and has not caught a break so far this season. For the Raptors, the most problematic player to stop can be Omer Yurtseven, who keeps finding his feet in the NBA, but yes, Toronto bigs like Achiuwa and Boucher have the physical tools to keep up with him. Gary Trent Jr., a vital off-guard for the team has been hurt for a long and at some point, Toronto’s major scorers are going to run out of gas and need help from him. Raptors’ rookie Scottie Barnes’ efficiency is down but hey, he is an all-around talent who has improved the defensive end this season. On the other hand, one great piece of news for Heat fans is that Bam Adebayo is returning and he surely is a two-way high-quality Center, what does this mean for Omer Yurtseven?
On the other hand, there is one area where Toronto is completely outmatched and that is the bench. The Toronto squad is nowhere even close to Miami in that area who can deploy two starting-level players in Herro and Robinson while Caleb Martin is a threat as well, it will be interesting to see who starts in place of Lowry but hey even then the Heat can deploy Vincent. Miami has more shooters in the lineup, and their guard rotation is definitely superior to Toronto. However, the way Raptors are defending, shutting down both the perimeter and inside, Miami can have the work cut. Toronto has kept afloat despite their obvious lack of bench from every position but the Center one, however, the team has beaten some top-heavy opponents as the starters play 35+ minutes regularly. The Raptors’ physicality can be tackled by PJ Tucker who is perhaps the most dogged defender for Miami. I think Miami despite being deeper can be surprised by the Raptors.
Toronto Raptors | Miami Heat
Games: 40| 43
Wins: 21| 27
Defeats: 19| 16
Miami Team News
Heat Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: SF: Jimmy Butler PF: PJ Tucker
Middle: C: Bam Adebayo(QUESTIONABLE)
Guards: SG: Max Strus PG: Tyler Herro
Miami Heat Bench: DeWayne Dedmon, Omer Yurtseven, Duncan Robinson, Caleb Martin, Gabe Vincent.
Toronto Raptors Team News
Raptors Expected Starting Five
Forwards: SF: Scottie Barnes(Missed the last game) PF: Pascal Siakam
SF/SG: OG Anunoby
Middle: C: Precious Achiuwa
Guards: SG: Fred VanVleet PG: Gary Trent Jr.(QUESTIONABLE)/ SF:Justin Champagnie(perhaps will start if Gary misses another game)
BENCH: Chris Boucher, Svi Mykhailiuk, , Delano Banton, Isaac Bonga, Justin Champagnie, Malachi Flynn, David Johnson, Yuta Watanabe.
Pascal Siakam (TOR)
Pascal is truly an elite-level big Forward and his play keeps on turning heads and so does his all-around abilities. The Forward usually figures in the 18-23 points, 6-10 rebounds, and 5-10 assists a game regularly but a 30-10-10 night can be expected every now and then.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-55
Jimmy has been an all-around presence for the Heat and has been in the leadership role since his arrival. He is coming into this game after shooting 1/11 but usually figures in the 16-23 points, 4-8 rebounds, and 5-10 assists a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-45
Fred Van Vleet(TOR)
Fred keeps taking his game up a notch and usually leads the Raptors in scoring and assists. The guard was on a tear till the second week of January, scoring 30+ continuously but a 21-24 points range is the usual one for the exciting guard.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-44
Omer is a superb Center who can pack down the rebounding end and is also developing as a scorer and playmaker. Yurtseven has been grabbing 10-17 rebounds per game and usually scores around 10 points a game. Will he get even enough minutes to compile 5-7 points and 4-7 rebounds a game once Adebayo returns?
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35
Since OG has returned, Toronto has been winning more often as he is a superb two-way player and has improved offensively. He has scored 22 or more in three of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-38
Tyler has been a superb off-the-bench scorer for the Heat this season and he is making a case for sixth-Player of the Year. The Guard has been scoring in the 16-24 points range throughout the season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-34
MIA vs TOR Dream11 Team
PG: Fred Van Vleet(PP)
SG: T Herro
SF: O Anunoby
PF: P Tucker, P Siakam(SP), C Boucher
C: P Achiuwa, O Yurtseven
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