In a match which could define the series Philadelphia 76ers play host to Toronto Raptors, hoping to stay alive in the series at Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia, on Friday morning (IST).
What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: Eastern Conference semifinals, Game-6, Raptors lead 3-2
Teams: Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors
Match Day: May 10, 2019, @ 05:30 AM IST
Where the game is played? Wells Fargo Center (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:
Philadelphia 76ers never arrived in Game-5. Only their clones played that match as they were outclassed and outmatched so easily by the Toronto Raptors, that it looked as a youth team was in action. They were so bad that Kawhi Leonard didn’t need to unlock himself, with his teammates doing enough to win the game.
Raptors won Game-5 125-89 and took a 3-2 lead in the series.
Joel Embiid struggled again, was ineffective beyond recognition of his own talent pool. He committed 8 turnovers in the game and could manage just 13 points in the game. While the reigning rookie of the year Ben Simmons (only 7 points in 25 minutes) was almost invisible for the most part of the game, except when he was being robbed on the counter attacks (five turnovers).
Jimmy Butler, who has had a wonderful post-season, was 76ers best player on offence, scoring a team-high 22 points along with 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 15 points and 6 rebounds. But like their teammates, they were also outmatched in defence.
As much as 76ers were poor, Raptors looked equally impressive on the other hand. For the first time in this series, Pascal Siakam and Co. allowed Leonard to go easy.
Siakam dropped a game-high 25 points and added 8 rebounds and 3 assists to his efforts. While Kawhi logged a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
The series convenes in Philadelphia on Friday morning.
Regular Season Record-
Philadelphia 76ers: W-51, L-31
Toronto Raptors: W-58, L-24
Players to watch out for:
Joel Embiid– Clearly struggled in the last two games and no wonder Raptors rolled over them in those two matches. His fitness has been an issue in this series, for a healthy Joel Embiid is one of the top-five players in NBA.
His is Sixers’ MVP candidate. The numbers he has been racking up all season is proof of his growing stature. He has averaged almost 28 points per game in the regular season, adding 13.6 rebounds per game to his efforts.
Jimmy Butler – He has been quite good in the playoffs. The former Minnesota Timberwolves star has already won a couple of games for his team in the postseason. Even in the last game, when all his teammates struggled, he logged decent numbers. The 29-year-old shooting guard is averaging 19.2 points per game in the playoffs.
Kawhi Leonard– Game-5 one of his lowest scoring match in the playoffs this season. But it’s because he didn’t have to push himself, as his teammates’ form couple with Sixers’ off day all contributing to that cause.
The 2014 NBA finals MVP is averaging 31.2 points per game in the playoffs. He is one of a kind player who is effective in two ways.
Pascal Siakam – Leonard’s sidekick came into this own in Game-5 scoring a game-high 25 points. He is crucial to Raptors’ cause as he can do almost everything on the court, and is a player who can shoulder some responsibility in the offence. The 25-year-old Power Forward is scoring at 21.7 points per game in the playoffs.
PHI vs TOR Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – None.
Questionable – However, Joel Embiid remains a doubt
Suspended – None.
Injured – For Raptors, OG Anunoby will be missing the rest of the playoff season due to a surgery he had to undergo on his knee.
Questionable – While Chris Boucher has been upgraded to questionable.
Suspended – None.
PHI vs TOR Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
PHI vs TOR Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Philadelphia 76ers have to bring their A-game here. But much will depend on Joel Embiid’s health, and he has been some health issues of late.
Backing Raptors here looks a good bet.
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.