TOR vs HOU Dream11: Two giants of each conference will have a clash in the NBA regular-season as the reigning champions Toronto Raptors welcome red-hit James Harden and his Houston Rockets team to the east. The stake certainly gets higher for a normal regular-season match after both the teams dropped the last game. Which team is gonna come out on top?
Who will win today match: Form and the recent result:
Toronto Raptors: Even without Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors seem to be unaffected at this moment. They have racked up an impressive 15 wins from the first 20 matches, and that's a very good return. From what we have seen from the early going, the playoffs shouldn't be the problem for Nick Nurse and his team. But it will be interesting to see how high their ceiling can get this season.
The champions lost 110-121 at home to Miami Heat in the last game.
Houston Rockets: The Rockets also come into this game on the back of a 135-133 defeat to San Antonio Spurs. It was their fourth defeat in the last 10 games, and fifth from 10 away games this season.
This will be the 50th encounter between these two teams. Houston Rockets have enjoyed 27 wins in those matchups, with the Raptors coming ou on top on 20 occasions.
Total Games: 47
Toronto Raptors: 20
Sacramento Kings: 27
Host: Toronto Raptors
Visitors: Houston Rockets
Match Timing: December 06, @06:00 AM
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
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James Harden: He is a hungry lion. He is just phenomenal. Mr Beard is averaging a league-high 39.5 points per game.
Points Per Game: 39.5
Rebounds Per Game: 6.1
Assists Per Game: 7.8
Steals Per Game: 1.8
Blocks Per Game: 0.5
Russell Westbrook: His numbers may not look as impressive as he is capable of producing and that is more down to his role in this team.
Points Per Game: 21.9
Rebounds Per Game: 7.8
Assists Per Game: 7.1
Steals Per Game: 1.5
Blocks Per Game: 0.3
Clint Capela: This is by far his best season. His defensive game has taken to new heights this season. Points are guaranteed with him.
Points Per Game: 15.1
Rebounds Per Game: 15.1
Assists Per Game: 1.1
Steals Per Game: 0.9
Blocks Per Game: 0.2
Pascal Siakam: With Kawhi gone, he is now the leader in the team as far as scoring is concerned.
Points Per Game: 25.1
Rebounds Per Game: 8.6
Assists Per Game: 3.9
Steals Per Game: 0.9
Blocks Per Game: 0.7
Kyle Lowry: He can be more than handy. His numbers may not be as high as some of the other stars from these two teams, but he is consistent.
Points Per Game: 20.0
Rebounds Per Game: 4.4
Assists Per Game: 7.0
Steals Per Game: 1.1
Blocks Per Game: 0.4
Toronto Raptors Team News: The injures has eased up on the Raptors in the last couple of weeks. Back-up big man Serge Ibaka is back to full fitness and will be playing off the bench. Kyle Lowry was also cleared to play the last game and he ended up with a double-double.
In terms of players missing, Stanley Johnson (groin injury), Patrick McCaw (knee injury) and Matt Thomas (finger injury) will miss the game for the current champions.
Toronto Raptors squad: Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, Terence Davis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Houston Rockets Team news: Clint Capela is back to full fitness after missing a couple of games through illness.
Gerald Green will miss the whole season due to a foot injury that he suffered during the pre-season. Eric Gordon stays out of the squad as well these days as he recovers from a knee injury. Nene is also out, while Danuel House has been upgraded to questionable, which means, he will be evaluated before the game.
Houston Rockets squad: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Clint Capela, Tyson Chandler, Gary Clark, Thabo Sefolosha, Isaiah Hartenstein, Ben McLemore, Austin Rivers, P.J. Tucker, Chris Clemons
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PF: Pascal Siakam
SF: OG Anunoby
C: Marc Gasol
PG: Fred VanVleet
SG: Kyle Lowry
PF: P. J. Tucker
SF: Ben McLemore
C: Clint Capela
PG: James Harden
SG: Russell Westbrook
Toronto Raptors: Norman Powell, Terence Davis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris Boucher, Serge Ibaka
Houston Rockets: Austin Rivers, Thabo Sefolosha, Tyson Chandler, Chris Clemons, Gary Clark
Houston Rockets are favourite to win the game.