TOR vs PHI Dream11: The NBA is in full flow when it comes to the Playoffs and we have seen some heated battles already. It is to be expected in the Postseason which is full of intense affairs and we are only going to see the race towards the title gaining more steam as the window towards the title becomes narrower. And the Philadelphia 76ers have laid resounding claims as to the contenders.
The Toronto Raptors will need to regroup after two-game losses by big margins and there is no doubt that they are in danger of a first-round exit. An injury to Scottie Barnes has only complicated matters further as the two-way springy Forward provided stability on both ends. The last 97:112 loss meant that the team’s offense was in tatters. On the other hand, the 76ers have been riding the hot hand of Maxey whereas Tobias Harris has responded in an amazing fashion during the Postseason. Embiid is a force in the middle and things look promising for the 76ers unit.
Host: Toronto Raptors
Visitors: Philadelphia 76ers
Match Timing: 21 April, @ 05:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Part III: Are the Raptors done?
The Raptors have been unable to force a close game twice in a row, thus, their campaign is at the risk of being derailed. The Raptors started strongly but scored just 19 in each of the second and third quarters, something which will not get it done in the long run. Their defense hasn’t been at his usual self in the last two games and the injuries to Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. have only made it worse for the Raps.
On the other hand, even if James Harden has misfired, youngster Tyrese Maxey and veteran Tobias Harris have kept the scoring knob up, thanks to these two coming up with strong efforts, the 76ers have been more balanced scoring-wise. Embiid also had a strong Game 2 showcasing his strong scoring and rebounding abilities as the team shot 52% from the field and 47% from the three-point line while clicking on 26 of their 30 Free-Throws, something the team has done regularly.
The Raptors will need to shoot better than 43% and also limit at least one of Harris or Maxey. The 76ers are entering the Half with big leads and playing catch-up is not easy against a team that has strong Free-Throw shooters. The Raptors are short on the guard depth and the earlier heralded Forward depth has weakened due to the absence of Scottie Barnes. Can the Raptors overcome the adversity here in some way?
Fantasy related tips
Embiid remains the most prized player in Fantasy scenarios considering his high value as a scorer, rebounder, and defensive player. James Harden has stuffed the statsheet in all categories but his scoring has been a bit off in the second half of the season. Maxey and Harris’ stocks are rising and Danny Green has become an interesting filler option. Apart from these players, the rest of the options from the 76ers are rather unreliable.
The Raptors’ most consistent fantasy option is surely Pascal Siakam who does a lot more than just scoring the ball and has emerged as a strong rebounder, playmaker, and defender. OG Anunoby and Fred Van Vleet also bring a lot of value but Fred has been a bit too inconsistent. Chris Boucher is a tremendous filler player and his contributions can’t be overlooked both as a scorer and rebounder. Apart from that, Precious Achiuwa is worth considering but the rest of the options look risky.
Top Scorer: Pascal Siakam: 33
Top Rebounder: Pascal Siakam: 12
Highest assists maker: Fred Van Vleet: 08
Scoreline Prediction: Toronto Raptors 112 Philadelphia 76ers 106
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: SF: Danny Green
BENCH: Georges Niang, Furkan Korkmaz, Paul Millsap, Shame Milton, DeAndre Jordan, Isaiah Joe, Aaron Henry, Charles Bassey.
Toronto Raptors Team News
Raptors Expected Starting Five
Inside Presence: C: Precious Achiuwa
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 Scorer: PG: Gary Trent Jr.
BENCH: Chris Boucher, Malachi Flynn, Svi Mykhailiuk, Delano Banton, Isaac Bonga, Justin Champagnie, Yuta Watanabe.
*Game 2 stats
Siakam has had a couple of 20+ points games and he will be crucial to the Raptors’ success on both ends of the floor. The Forward will need a special night to get the Raptors back in the mix, and I expect 24+ points, 8+ rebounds, 4+ assists, and 1-2 steals/blocks performance.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-50
Joel continues to wreak havoc as a physical Center and his strong rebounding, scoring, and defense all have played a pivotal role for the 76ers throughout this season. I expect a 25-30 points and 9-14 rebounds range. He is usually the favorite for Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-58
James Harden has been unable to get it going on the shooting end but has still been a strong rebounder and playmaker, keeping the Point Guard position strong more often than not. I expect a 19-25 points, 6-9 rebounds, and 6-9 assists range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-46
Fred Van Vleet(TOR)
Guard Fred has been solid all season long and earned the trip to All-Star game this season, being a formidable defender, playmaker, and scorer, but yes, his consistency has been a bit off since the late season. I expect an 18-25 points, 5-7 assists, and 4-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
Tyrese has been directly been a huge influence as a scorer in the first two wins and he has unlocked an all-around game recently, perhaps being the most valuable Sixers in the Playoffs. I expect a 19-25 points and 5-8 assists/rebounds range from him.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-48
OG Anunoby (TOR)
Anunoby is an effective two-way wing who has upped his scoring this season and he will be looking to obtain even more rhythm. He can be in 20-26 points and 3-5 rebounds/assists range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-40
PG: T Maxey, F Van Vleet
SG: D Green
SF: C Boucher
PF: G Niang, P Siakam(SP)
C: J Embiid(PP), K Birch
PG: F VanVleet, T Maxey
SG: J Harden(PP), D Green
SF: C Boucher
PF: G Niang, P Siakam(SP)
C: P Achiuwa
Can the Raptors return at home and bring some parity against the 76ers in this Eastern Conference tussle? In not the most intriguing piece of news for India-based NBA viewers, this game can’t be seen on streaming services JIO TV and Voot, the two official streaming platforms for viewers in India. So how can you go about it? Access the NBA League Pass and buy the annual subscription (599 rupees per year), to have a look at all live games while you also can get the full game replay if you can’t catch the live stream. To learn the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.