Two of the most talented teams in NBA, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers, will be looking for the win when they meet in Game-1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Scotiabank Arena, in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday morning (IST).
What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: Eastern Conference Semi-finals, Game-1
Teams: Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers
Match Day: April 28, 2019
Jump Ball Time: @ 05:00 AM IST
Where the game is played? Scotiabank Arena (19,800)
TV Info: Sony Sports Network has the rights to stream NBA matches in India. Premier members can also catch the Live Action on SonyLiv App.
PHI vs TOR Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
There was no shock in the first round series. All the big teams managed to come unscathed from their respective matchups. It's getting harder for every team now as the opponent become formidable, with lofty ambitions of his own. And big players on the roster, all dreaming for the one ultimate thing.
There is Kawhi Leonard in Toronto Raptors, and then there is Joel Embiid, arguably one of the two most talented players in NBA.
But the playoff is a marathon, with relay race like settings, requiring each and every player to perform a certain action.
Leonard and Embiid are exceptional. They are more than capable of taking their teams all the way to the finishing line. But when the opponents are equal, the little margins can make a hell lot of a difference.
So in the end, it will all come down to which of the above-mentioned player get a bigger contribution from his teammates.
Leonard is a two-way player who can affect the game from both the ends. he is a two-time NBA defensive player of the year and is hot-favorite for his 3rd title. He can be as deadly as any player on the offensive lines as well.
While Joel Embiid will give Marc Gasol a whole lot different problem than Nikola Vucevic. His sheer power the presence on the court can put off most Centers in the world. He is almost unstoppable and deadly when in the mood.
So it's going to be a phenomenal series. Expect fireworks and a lot of dirty antics on the court as two teams do everything possible to outwit the other.
In terms of the Journey, both Raptors and 76ers won their first round series 4-1 each against Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets respectively.
Raptors will enjoy the home court advantage in this series and will start at home.
Regular Season Record-
Toronto Raptors: W-58, L-24
Philadelphia 76ers: W-51, L-31
Players to watch out for:
Kawhi Leonard – He had a pretty solid regular season. It was nothing short of the expectations for he is too good a player not to have an impact. But the 2014 NBA finals MVP admitted that he hardly pushes himself to his limit in the regular season.
“There are 82 games and for me these are just practices and playoffs is when it’s time to lace them up,” he said.
The former Spurs averaged 27.8 points per game in the five games against the Orlando Magic. What makes him special is what he does when he doesn't have the ball in his hand.
Pascal Siakam – Behind Kawhi Leonardo is Pascal Siakam on the scoring list. He is indispensable, a vital cog in Raptors' wheel. He showed the world that he can handle the demand of the post-season, as he was one of Raptors' best player in every playoff game against the Sixers.
Joel Embiid – Played four games in the first round series against Brooklyn Nets, and scored a double-double in all the games. He is averaging 24.3 points per game in the playoffs, also racking up 13.5 rebounds per game.
Ben Simmons – He does almost everything on the court, scoring points, and racking up assists for the teammates. The reigning rookie of the year scored 31 points in game-2 when Joel Embiid had to sit out the game due to an injury. He is averaging 17.2 points per game and registering 7.2 assists per game.
PHI vs TOR Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – OG Anunoby had surgery on his knee and is expected to miss the rest of the post-season, and Chris Boucher (back injury) remains out as well.
Questionable – According to reports, Kyle Lowry left the court during the Game-5 against Magic with a right-hand injury and will be assessed.
Suspended – None.
Injured – No player is out injured.
Questionable – Mike Scott picked up a heel injury in Game-5 against Brooklyn Nets and will be assessed before the game.
Suspended – None.
PHI vs TOR Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
PHI vs TOR Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
It's a tough call but Toronto Raptors have a formidable home record and we back them to win this game.
NOTE: THIS PHI 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.