TOR vs PHX Dream11: COVID-19 has ravaged the world with its another wave but the NBA has rather weathered the storm well and kept it going. And the NBA business model has shown more flexibility in many ways compared to any other season in the history of the league, relaxing the roster norms, decreasing the quarantine window, and making various other changes to make sure that the action’s flow doesn’t stop. And that is why we are here, in various capacities, breaking down and trying to understand the modern basketball game. And here, the Toronto Raptors take on the Phoenix Suns.
Raptors have 20 wins and 17 losses and it seems like the multiple postponements rather helped them in getting back their full roster. They have played their best basketball recently, taking advantage of a lengthy home stretch, winning six in a row, with most victories in emphatic fashion. Toronto is seeing some wonderful contributions from Fred and Siakam lately.
On the other hand, the Suns have compiled 30 wins and 9 losses, having one of the best records in the league(tied with Golden State Warriors at the time of writing). They are looking like title contenders and have been equally effective at home and away from home. The team has depth and their bench unit features some of the starting-level players.
Host: Toronto Raptors
Visitors: Phoenix Suns
Match Timing: 12 January, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: Scotia Bank Arena
Raptors: About time
Raptors have a lot of scoring options in their main five but it has been mostly the play of Fred Van Vleet that has lifted the team. Fred has been on fire, scoring 27 or more in seven of the last games, and mostly 30+ points. With his scoring, the defense has been attracted at the perimeter, opening up lanes for other players. Siakam has been equally impressive in terms of his value, scoring 25+ points in some of the games recently while OG Anunoby’s return has bolstered the much-needed scoring front. The Raptors doesn’t have a strong scoring bench but yes two more than decent rebounders and defenders in athletic Chris Boucher and Precious Achiuwa. Gary Trent is not in his groove due to conditioning issues but once he returns to form, along with Barnes, the team can have five effective scorers in the main five. However, a lack of depth at almost all positions except big Forward and Center can hurt the team big time in the long run.
Suns: They have too much depth
Contrary to the Raptors, the bench of the Suns has been deep at all positions. Now when you have a playmaker like Chris Paul, a scorer like Devin Booker, a couple of two-way wings in Crowder and Bridges, paired with a double-double Center Deandre Ayton, that in itself is scary. With Cameron Johnson coming off the bench, you get pretty much a similar wing like Crowder and Bridges, Cameron Payne is more than a decent point guard, JaVale McGee, and Jalen Smith can make up for back-up Center minutes bringing top-notch inside scoring and rebounding. Overall, the Suns are stacked in terms of both offense and defense. With Crowder and Ayton getting their conditioning back, the team can have some lineup shuffles but overall, the Suns are heading towards a 60+ wins season.
Phoenix Suns | Toronto Raptors
Games: 39| 37
Wins: 30| 20
Defeats: 09| 17
Phoenix Suns Team News
Suns Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Jae Crowder SF: Mikal Bridges
Middle: C: Deandre Ayton
Guards: SG: Devin Booker PG: Chris Paul
BENCH: Jalen Smith, JaVale McGee, Cameron Payne, Landry Shamet(PROBABLE), Elfrid Payton Bismack Biyombo, Ismail Wainright.
Toronto Raptors Team News
Raptors Expected Starting Five
Forwards: SF: Scottie Barnes(QUESTIONABLE) PF: Pascal Siakam SF/SG: OG Anunoby
Middle: C: Khem Birch(Starts if either Barnes or Trent miss the game)
Guards: SG: Fred VanVleet PG: Gary Trent Jr.(QUESTIONABLE)
BENCH: Chris Boucher, Precious Achiuwa, Svi Mykhailiuk, Delano Banton, Isaac Bonga, Justin Champagnie, Malachi Flynn, David Johnson, Yuta Watanabe.
Chris Paul (PHX)
Chris’s high-quality playmaking skills have made him a superstar level of player for more than 10 years now. The guard leads the league in assists once again this season, showcasing his premium skills on a nightly basis. Chris has usually figured in 9-15 points and 8-15 assists per game range this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-51
Fred Van Vleet(TOR)
Fred has been one of the best offensive players since late December and he has scored 31 or more in six of the last eight games, not scoring below 19 for eight games. The guard has also compiled 4-7 rebounds and 4+ assists regularly in this stellar window for him.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-39
Devin has been once again the leading scorer for Phoenix and well he is more than a scorer and can impact the game in various ways. The sharpshooting and versatile guard has scored 25+ points in various games while grabbing 4-6 rebounds and dishing 3-6 assists a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-42
OG has been a stable offensive option at the wing position and has added to his offensive game. Anunoby has scored 12-14 points but has had two 22 points in two games in the middle.
The above numbers are nowhere even close to Ayton’s usual production and well, the big may take some time getting his conditioning back after being placed in the protocols. When healthy, Ayton figures in 16-21 points, 10-15 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks per game range regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-36
Siakam has risen to the occasion for the Raptors and has been playing some of his best basketball recently. The high-quality Forward has usually scored in the 19-23 points range but has had two 29+ outings in the last five games, while grabbing 6+ rebounds and dishing 5+ assists regularly along 2 steals every other game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-42
TOR vs PHX Dream11 Team
PG: F VanVleet(PP)
SG: D Booker(SP)
SF: M Bridges
PF: J Crowder, P Siakam, C Boucher
C:. K Birch, D Ayton
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