PHI vs TOR Dream11: Hello people! The NBA Playoffs will be in full swing soon and what a promising setup we are blessed with! In the East, the Heat will square off against the Hawks, the Celtics will take on the Nets, the Bucks will take on the Bulls. And in this game, the Philadelphia 76ers will square off against the Toronto Raptors.
The 76ers are one of the title contenders despite their so-so play at times. Their Center Joel Embiid has been in the running for MVP and will be a match-up nightmare for the Raptors here. On the other hand, a lot will hinge upon the performance of Hall-of-Fame bound James Harden. Can they fend off the Raptors, a team that has given them a lot of fight?
The Raptors finished the Regular Season on a high note and jumped from the Play-in bracket to the fifth position due to their improved play. They have one of the most versatile lineups, a type of team that is made to succeed in the “positionless” form of basketball. Their defense is tight and they will fancy themselves against the 76ers here.
Host: Philadelphia 76ers
Visitors: Toronto Raptors
Match Timing: 17 April, @ 03:30 AM
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena
The brilliance of the Raptors is reflected in their two-way talents. Gary Trent Jr., Fred Van Vleet, Scottie Barnes, OG Anunoby, and Pascal are all two-way players, and that is what makes them special. The best part about this team is that the team’s defense is extended to the bench and Chris Boucher and Precious Achiuwa keep on raging the theme of defense. Their Forwards can also switch and contain the sharpshooting guards at the perimeter while their guards apply brilliant pressure at the perimeter. The Raptors were one of the best defensive teams in the second half of the season.
On the other hand, Joel Embiid gives a terrific dimension to the Sixers’ setup. His ability to finish inside, make tough mid-rangers, and work on both low-post and high-post, make him an unstoppable player. He will be facing a bunch of double teams inside and the Raptors will rely on athleticism to stop his charge. However, Embiid can also get to the free-throw line by initiating contact and also is an elite rebounder while supplying tough defense.
James Harden struggled shooting-wise to close out the season and the Raptors know how to shut down guards very well. Therefore, his experience will be key to carrying the ball-handling duties and opening up shooting and driving lanes for Maxey and Harris. These two players can make or break the series for Philly and will need to shoot well from the floor to attain an effective scoring balance. Maxey can also produce offense off-the-dribble which will be essential against the Raps, a team that thrives upon closing out shooters.
For Philly, the challenge will be to contain Siakam who was in an otherworldly offensive rhythm to close the season. Guard Raptors is not easy because they have multiple ball-handlers, shooters, and they have players who are unpredictable in terms of their movement. All the starters are also great passers and know how to break open the defense. Off the bench, Chris Boucher and Achiuwa bring elite rebounding and also can score around the rim while burying outside shots. The Raptors surely look deeper than the 76ers so Danny Green and Matisse Thybulle will need to give a quality defense for the 76ers.
Fantasy related tips
A bunch of options to choose from only makes the scenario tricky, isn’t it? The Raptors have so many players that can do a lot but perhaps Siakam is their ace on the offensive and rebounding end. Joel Embiid is a safe fantasy option in the lineup considering he has consistently racked up points, rebounds, and blocks/steals. Apart from that, Gary Trent Jr. doesn’t bring assists and rebounds to the table but can explode for big scoring nights. Fred Van Vleet has been the assists leader and can put up a ton of points while also grabbing a decent amount of rebounds.
Scottie Barnes can be a terrific filler in the fantasy lineup because his stat line looks versatile during most nights. Chris Boucher and Precious Achiuwa are also terrific players, considering their ability to bag big boards and also score at a high keel. When it comes to the 76ers, Harden is a safe bet considering that even if he doesn’t drop 20+ points sometimes, he brings sturdy playmaking and can grab a ton of rebounds. Harris hasn’t been a safe option but can stabilize the lineup while Maxey is a risk/reward player who can have big scoring nights every now and then.
Top Scorer: Joel Embiid: 35
Top Rebounder: Joel Embiid: 15
Highest assists maker: James Harden: 11
Scoreline Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers 112 Toronto Raptors 108
Philadelphia 76ers Team News
Sixers Expected Starting Five
Veteran Big Forward: PF: Tobias Harris
Superstar Scorer and Rebounder: C: Joel Embiid
Dynamic Guards: PG: Tyrese Maxey
Leading playmaker: SG: James Harden
Defensive specialist: G: Matisse Thybulle
BENCH: Georges Niang, Danny Green, Furkan Korkmaz, Paul Millsap, Shame Milton, DeAndre Jordan, Isaiah Joe, Aaron Henry, Charles Bassey.
Toronto Raptors Team News
Raptors Expected Starting Five
Two-way wing: SF: Scottie Barnes
Leading Scoring and Rebounding Forward: PF: Pascal Siakam
Defensive specialist: G/F: OG Anunoby
Major Ball-Handling Guard: SG: Fred VanVleet
Pressure Defender and Iso threat: PG: Gary Trent Jr
BENCH: Chris Boucher, Precious Achiuwa, Svi Mykhailiuk, Delano Banton, Isaac Bonga, Justin Champagnie, Yuta Watanabe.
Siakam had some explosive scoring and rebounding nights to end the season and he has been getting it done on both ends of the floor. I expect him to be in 22-28 points, 8-12 rebounds, 4-6 assists, and 1-2 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-50
Center Embiid is an MVP candidate and he led the 76ers in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. He will be vital for the 76ers chances here and I expect a 30-37 points, 11-16 rebounds, and 2-4 blocks range. He is usually the favorite for Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-70
Rookie All-Around Wing Scottie was one of the prime reasons why the Raps turned around their season and he has been a two-way menace. He can be in 12-16 points, 5-7 rebounds, and 2-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-50
Former MVP Harden has had his shooting struggles but he is booked to have a strong playmaking and rebounding night. Can he figure out his shooting woes? I expect him to be in 18-25 points, 8-14 assists, and 5-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-46
Fred Van Vleet(TOR)
Guard Fred has been a huge factor on both ends of floor and he is among the elite three-point shooters in the league. I expect him to be in 17-22 points, 5-7 assists, and 3-5 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-36
Maxey will play a huge role in the Playoffs and he will need to step up his offensive game further to improve the 76ers’ chances. I expect a 16-22 points range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 19-31
PG: T Maxey
SG: D Green
SF: C Boucher, M Thybulle, S Barnes
PF: P Siakam(PP)
C: J Embiid(SP), P Achiuwa
PG: T Maxey
SG: J Harden(SP), D Green
SF: C Boucher, S Barnes
PF: T Harris, P Siakam(PP)
C: P Achiuwa
Will it not be fun to watch Joel Embiid being tackled by a physical defensive team in the form of the Raptors? But not in the most encouraging piece of news for India-based NBA viewers, this game can’t be seen on streaming services JIO TV and Voot, the two designated streaming platforms for viewers in India. In what matter can you catch the tussle? Access the NBA League Pass and buy the annual subscription (599 rupees per year), where you can get close to all live games while you also can get the full game replay if you can’t watch the live stream. To learn the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.