The series moves to Philadelphia as the Sixers will look for the home advantage as they host the Toronto Raptors in Game-3 at Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, in Downtown Los Angeles, on Friday morning (IST).
What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: Eastern Conference Semi-finals, Game-3
Teams: Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors
Match Day: May 03, 2019, @ 05:30 AM IST
Where the game is played? Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia (19,500)
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:
What happened in Game-1 was quite an anomaly, at least for the Philadelphia 76ers and their fans. Nobody foresaw the way they were outmuscled and outgunned by a hungry and on-a-mission like Raptors. It was unbelievable. Kawhi Leonard was the difference. He played like a wizard with the Basketball swooning over his spells.
If Philadelphia were underdog before the start of this series, their chances of overcoming the Raptors became even bleaker after their no-show in North.
But the Sixers are a talented team. If the comeback was possible, they are more than capable of doing that. For Joel Embiid is there, and he has the teammates like Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, who have enough talent and the capability to hurt any team in their own backyard.
Sixers did just that. And it was not a typical 76ers performance by any means. Not the one we are used to seeing these days. It was more of a 90s show. As neither team managed to crack the 100-point barrier with Philadelphia winning 94-89 inside the building they didn’t win since 2012.
Even what’s more uncanny about the performance was that the Sixers won despite not playing well, as a group. Only Jimmy Butler shone, dropping a team-high 30 points to go with 11 rebounds.
While the big man, Joel Embiid, could just manager 12 points. A big positive because they won without Embiid doing anything of sorts in the game.
For Raptors, it was all about not giving enough support to their talisman Kawhi Leonard. In a game where everybody seemed to struggle, he still managed to put on big numbers with a game-high 35 points.
Raptors now hit the road for the next two games. With their home court advantage gone, they must regroup to face a resurgent opponent.
“We thrive and have our best offence when we’re running and don’t give them a chance to match up,” said Danny Green who could manage just 3 points in Game-2. “We’ve got to find a way to get stops to do that.”
Regular Season Record-
Philadelphia 76ers: W-58, L-24
Toronto Raptors: W-51, L-31
Players to watch out for:
Joel Embiid – Was ineffective in Game-2 against the Raptors, and this can be said about the first two games. Raptors seem to have found a way to nullify him, but you can be sure that he can’t be caged for long.
He is averaging 24.3 points per game in the playoffs, also racking up 13.5 rebounds per game.
Ben Simmons – Sixers man for all occassion. He has failed to brin his offesnive game in this series. Part of that due to the job he has been asked to do on Kawhi Leonard.
The 2018 rookie of the year is averaging 17.2 points per game and registering 7.2 assists per game.
Kawhi Leonard – Simmons managed to stifle him to some degrees as he was forced to take his shots from the perimeter. He struggled and could manage just 3-for-10 from the distance.
But the 27-year-old small-forward can do almpost anything on the court. The former Spurs man is averaging 30.7 points per game in the playoffs. While his exceptional 45 points show in the Game-1 shows his real capability.
Pascal Siakam – Started the series where he left off against Orlando Magic. He was pretty solid against the Philly in Game-1, scoring 29 points, along with seven rebounds.
The 25-year-old is averaging 23.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in the post-season.
PHI vs TOR Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – None.
Questionable – Mike Scott missed the Game-1 due to the heel injury he picked in Game-5 against Brooklyn Nets. He will be assessed before the game.
Suspended – None.
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 – None.
Suspended – None.
PHI vs TOR Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
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PHI vs TOR Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Sixers are at home and are favorite to win the 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.