OKC vs TOR Dream11 NBA Team Prediction – Fantasy Team News
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Toronto Raptors
Match Timing: March 21, 2019, @ 07:00 AM IST
NBA Regular Season
Venue – Chesapeake Energy Arena
OKC vs TOR Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
The shell-shocked Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to put an end to their three-game losing streak when they host Toronto Raptors in a regular season NBA match at Chesapeake Energy Arena, in Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, on Thursday morning (IST).
Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t have Russell Westbrook on their matchday squad as the 2017 MVP was suspended for his 16th technical foul of the season. His absence was felt as Thunder went down against Miami Heat 107-116 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
But Miami had Dwyane Wade in their ranks, who performed like a tenacious young star still trying to prove his worth. The 37-year-old, who will be hanging his boots at the end of the season, dropped 25 points from the bench, while Goran Dragic had 26 points and a game-high 11 assists.
For Thunder, Paul George scored the bulk of the points, dropping a game-high 31 points.
Toronto Raptors enjoyed a rather easy outing against a pumped-up New York Knicks who headed into the match after dismantling LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers in the last match.
But even a Leonard-less Raptors were too good a match for the Knicks as Nick Nurse’s men won 128-92 at Scotiabank Arena.
Regular Season Record-
Oklahoma City Thunder: W-42, L-29
Toronto Raptors: W-50, L-21
Players to watch out for:
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Paul George –The former Indiana Pacers star is having one of his best seasons till date. He has well and truly taken over the role of team’s mantle. The reason for which Thunder went after his signature two seasons ago is there to see for all as OKC are looking like a force which can go the distance. The 28-year-old is racking up a team-high 28.3 points per game.
Russell Westbrook – Missed the last game through suspension and Thunder struggled in almost all the department in his absence. The 2017 MVP is an indispensable part of the team, as he brings quality as well as aggression to the fold when on the court. He is the only player to average a triple-double this season.
Kawhi Leonard – Most of the Raptors’ fans are still annoyed by the fact that Kawhi Leonard has been rested for more games than expected. But everybody knows about Leonard’s injury problems in the past and that could be the reason why Nick Nurse is so cautious with him. After all, the 2014 NBA finals MVP is the best Basketball player in Toronto. The 27-year-old is averaging 27.1 points per game, and that’s not all, he is making almost 2 steals per game.
Kyle Lowry – The tenacious and fans’ “Greatest Raptors of all time”, Kyle Lowry is irreplaceable. The 32-year-old has averaged 17 points per game in the last 10 matches. He is a doubt for this match.
OKC vs TOR Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Oklahoma City Thunder:
Injured – 27-year-old small forward Andre Roberson remains a long-term casualty for Oklahoma City Thunder.
Questionable – Power forward Nerlens Noel missed the last game against Miami Heat with a left quad contusion. There are no reports as of yet whether he will play this game or not.
Suspended – None.
Russell Westbrook was suspended for the Heat clash after receiving his 16th technical foul of the season. He is available for selection against Raptors.
Injured – No Raptors player is expected to miss the game due to injury concerns.
Questionable – Kawhi Leonard missed the game against New York Knicks sue to rest purposes. His inclusion remains questionable. Kyle Lowry had to leave the court after the 3rd quarter due to an ankle injury and is a doubt for the match.
Suspended – None.
Serge Ibaka is available for selection after serving his three-game ban for his involvement in an altercation against Cleveland Cavaliers a week ago.
OKC vs TOR Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
OKC vs TOR Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
OKC are in a rut, struggling for consistency of late. The post-season is drawing closer with each passing game and the team will be looking to go into the playoffs with some momentum behind them.
Having said that, a win over Toronto Raptors will be a statement, even if the visitors are without Kawhi Leonard. So Thunder should look at this game as a perfect opportunity to get their season back on track.
But can they do that Raptors who are good even on the road having won 21 times in away games?
We back Paul George and Co. to win this match.
NOTE: THIS OKC 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.