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TOR vs CLE Dream11 Prediction NBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

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TOR vs CLE Dream11: NBA schedule is lengthy and gruelling. This has to be one of the toughest schedules in the world because first of all, you have to travel for half of the season, and to be honest, that has to be tough, changing so many places, adjusting to so many hotel rooms, and I can go on and on. That conversation can be lengthy and there have been some NBA players like former Miami Heat/Houston Rockets player Shane Battier who argued for a shorter season. But for now, we play 82 games per team season, and to add to the count, the Cleveland Cavaliers clash against the Toronto Raptors.

Cavaliers’ season has been a bit downhill compared to January and after looking like a top-three team in the East at one point, they are now in a close battle versus the Raptors for the sixth spot, a vital battle indeed because being in the Top six means the team can avoid the Play-in tournament. So this game is big in that regard.

On the other hand, the Raptors have been a strange team at times, they have struggled at their home floor while being clinical away from home. Despite a thin bench and injury to their two-way stalwart OG Anunoby, the Raps have been doing a great job of giving huge fights on both ends of the floor. Can they come on top in this battle and get closer to the Play-in tournament.

Host: Toronto Raptors
Visitors: Cleveland Cavaliers
Match Timing: 25 March, @ 05:00 AM
Venue: ScotiaBank Arena

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

The Cavaliers had one of their worst losses in the season, losing to the Lakers 120:131 despite a 17 assists outing by Garland, who couldn’t overcome LeBron’s 38 points effort.

The Cavaliers had one of the best defenses in the league earlier in the season but things have changed drastically. They have especially changed since the absence of Jarrett Allen, who was giving quality help defense and rebounding. Now, much of the burden in the middle has been on rookie Evan Mobley, someone who is an impressive defender but Allen is more of a rugged player who can impact the energy of the oppositions. The defense has been really struggling and that has surely held the Cavaliers back from going on a big run.

Darius Garland has been performing well and is steadily becoming one of the best Point Guards in the league. He has been the glue that holds the offense together and the newly acquired Caris LeVert has not adjusted to the Cavs system and has been coming off the bench. Mobley has been doing a great job as the scorer, defender, and rebounder while Markkanen has been knocking down many shots too. Stevens and Love also provide decent minutes at the Forward position, however, the team’s defense has taken a holiday. If they lose this game to the Raptors, they will have an equal record to them.

The Raptors lost to Chicago Bulls 99:113 in the last game as they played the second game on the second night

The Raptors have shot up to the sixth spot contention and they have inched closer to the Cavs with each week. This closing in has propelled the team to claim the sixth spot at this point and the team will need to put together another winning run and make sure that they don’t fall into the Play-in contention, where they will have to most likely face Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s Brooklyn Nets. They are a strong road team but their home record has been below-par and with most of the games at home in the coming window, they will need to be better at home.

The Raptors are full of superb all-around players and with Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes in the frontline, the team can employ terrific defense. Talking about defense, the backcourt of Gary Trent Jr. and Fred Van Vleet can also play a hustle-based game and pressure defense. Precious Achiuwa has been huge off the bench and defensively, the team is tight-knit. Offensively, Barnes, Siakam, and Fred are brilliant passers while Siakam and Fred can stick in a bunch of points. And Gary Trent can have some off nights but he has exploded for some 30+ points nights as well.

Toronto Raptors (7th spot- East) | Cleveland Cavaliers (6th spot- East)
Games: 72 | 72
Wins: 40 | 41
Defeats: 32 | 31

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Toronto Raptors Team News

  • OG Anunoby is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
  • Gary Trent Jr. is QUESTIONABLE for the game
  • Malachi Flynn is OUT for the game and for another week.

Raptors Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Scottie Barnes
Middle: PF: Pascal Siakam | C: Khem Birch (or OG Anunoby at SF)
Guards: SG: Fred VanVleet | PG: Gary Trent Jr(QUESTIONABLE)

BENCH: Chris Boucher, Precious Achiuwa, Svi Mykhailiuk, Delano Banton, Isaac Bonga, Justin Champagnie, Yuta Watanabe.

Cleveland Cavaliers Team News

  • Collin Sexton is OUT for the game and is like to miss the rest of the season.
  • Jarrett Allen is OUT for long term.
  • Dean Wade is OUT for the game
  • Rajon Rondo is OUT for the game

Cavaliers Expected Starting Five

Stretch-Four: PF: Lauri Markkanen | PF: LaMar Stevens
Defensive Wing: SF: Isaac Okoro
Middle: C: Evan Mobley
Guards: PG: Darius Garland

BENCH: Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, LaMar Stevens, Dylan Windler, Ed Davis, RJ Nembhard Jr. Kevin Pangos, Brandon Goodwin.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Pascal Siakam(TOR)
Points: 22
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 04
Big Forward Pascal has done a great job of being an all-around presence and his contributions have been vital to the team’s success. The Forward has mostly been in 17-26 points, 6-11 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-46

Darius Garland(CLE)
Points: 29
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 17
Steals: 01
Point Guard Darius has been the heartbeat of the Cavaliers’ offense with his top-notch ability to garner points and assists. The Guard has mostly been in 24-29 points, 10+ assists, and 1-2 steals range. He can be considered for Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-49

Fred VanVleet(TOR)
Points: 19
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 09
Steals: 02
Fred is an incredible scorer at the Point Guard position who can also supply playmaking and play hard-nosed defense. He has mostly been in 19-21 points, 4+ rebounds, and 4-7 assists range mostly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44

Evan Mobley(CLE)
Points: 13
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 02
Blocks: 01
Center Mobley has been getting it done as a rookie and he looks like the favorite to notch the Rookie of the Year Award. I expect a 16-23 points, 9-11 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-41

Scottie Barnes(TOR)
Points: 08
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 05
Blocks: 02
Barnes has been a huge difference-maker at the wing position and apart from his top-notch defense, the rookie is developing a viable all-around game. He has mostly been in 13-21 points, 6-9 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34

Lauri Markkanen(CLE)
Points: 18
Rebounds: 09
Assists: 01
Lauri has done a great job as a stretch-four and has picked up his scoring in the second half of the season and has been a brilliant rebounder as well. He has mostly been in 13-19 points and 5-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32

TOR vs CLE DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

  • Precious Achiuwa(TOR) had 6 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Center Achiuwa has done well all season long and has done a great job as a rebounder and a decent scorer. He has mostly been in 6-11 points and 6-9 rebounds range these days.
  • Kevin Love(CLE) had 8 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds in the last game. Big Forward Kevin provides great stability off the bench, usually being in the 10-14 points and 7-10 rebounds range.
  • Chris Boucher(TOR) had 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal in the last game. Although Boucher’s numbers have been down compared to last season, he has had some solid games recently, mostly being in 6-9 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
  • Isaac Okoro(CLE) had 11 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist1 steal in the last game. Isaac has mostly been in the 11-17 points range.
  • Khem Birch(TOR) had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block in the last game. Khem has mostly been in 2-4 points and 2-4 rebounds range.
  • Caris LeVert(CLE) had 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. Off-guard Caris has been struggling to adjust to the Cavs system and his numbers are down with the team. He has mostly been in 10-15 points, 2-4 assists, and around 4 rebounds.
  • LaMar Stevens(CLE) had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in the last game. Stevens has scored 4 or more in four straight games.
  • Cedi Osman(CLE) had 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal in the last game. Osman’s consistency is a bit down compared to earlier in the season. He has usually been in an 8-12 points range this season.

TOR vs CLE Dream11 Lineup

PG: L Stevens
SG: D Garland(SP)
SF: L Markkanen, S Barnes
PF: P Siakam(PP), C Boucher, E Mobley
C:   P Achiuwa

Where to watch NBA Live Score?

Can the Cavaliers keep the Raptors away from closing in on the sixth spot in the East, will Garland show up with another huge night? But not the most encouraging piece of news for India-based NBA viewers, this game can’t be viewed on streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot, the two designated streaming platforms for viewers in India. What is a way to catch this game and the other action? Access the NBA League Pass and buy the annual subscription (599 rupees per year), where you can watch all live games while you also can get the full game replay if you are unable to watch the live stream. To learn the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.