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TOR vs POR Dream11 Prediction NBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trail Blazers

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TOR vs POR Dream11: Hey, NBA fans, we are now in the midseason window and what a brilliant season this has been. For me, each team has its own beauty, and even if they lose, we are talking about professional basketball players here and even if their teams are not winning much, they will put on a show regardless. Well, this is what I think, as someone who follows all the 30 teams and keeps a tab on how they are faring, I have to see the meaning of the season beyond championships, and deep Playoff runs at this point. And the readers here usually engage in fantasy scenarios, so all teams are relevant in one way or the other.

Anyway, in this game, the Portland Trail Blazers will visit the Toronto Raptors in an inter-conference affair. Trail Blazers are having another tough season and they have again failed to even capitalize a 50% win record with Lillard and McCollum going in and out of the lineup, the challenge has increased even further. At least McCollum is back now. Let us see if the Trail Blazers make some moves soon!

On the other hand, the Toronto Raptors have been around the 50% win record but I feel they can be a way better team. What has been their problem? A lack of bench and Gary Trent Jr. has been hurt recently. Can the Raptors make sure that they close in on a 60% win record soon? Will they make some trades?

Host: Toronto Raptors
Visitors: Portland Trail Blazers
Match Timing: 24 January, @ 04:30 AM
Venue: Scotia Bank Arena

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Raptors: Too much load on the starters
Fred, Siakam, Barnes, and Anunoby played 39-41 minutes in the last game versus the Wizards. And those are some high numbers. This has been the case throughout the season. And what happens in this case? Well, they have run out of gas by the end of the fourth quarter and for a team that plays a grind-out style, the exhaustion can mean the legs being tired which causes jumpers to fall short and a lapse in concentration. This team has some exciting players, a lot of length in the frontline, a highly talented one-guard, and a more than effective offensive two-guard. Although the big Forward and Center, the position has some depth with Siakam and Barnes backed by Boucher and Achiuwa. The team has no guard or wing depth. Van Vleet has been a primetime scorer along with Siakam, meanwhile, Barnes has been a strong two-way presence. Anunoby has done well in the isolation situation but yes, I think he can do more. Overall, it is just the lack of bench that has held the Raptors back, a player like Eric Gordon can really help this team out I feel.

Trail Blazers: Is the current winning run fluke?
The Trail Blazers have won five out of the last seven games, which has not been the case for them this season. Well, Portland’s recent surge can be attributed to Jusuf Nurkic getting big on the rebounding ends, Anfernee Simons playing at a high level, Covington and Little playing tough at the Forward positions and now with McCollum back, the team can potentially have a better scoring range. Portland is missing Lillard and Powell though with Lillard being the top-scorer and playmaker while Powell is a 15-20 points contributor on a regular basis, so, yes, the current run in that way is impressive. Is this a sign of things changing? Or is it just one of those windows where the team chemistry clicks for a brief window? Will the team make some trades or will they give another run to the current core?

Toronto Raptors | Portland Trail Blazers
Games: 43| 45
Wins: 22| 19
Defeats: 21| 26

Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Toronto Raptors Team News

  • Khem Birch is OUT for the game.
  • David Johnson is OUT for the game
  • Goran Dragic is OUT for the contest there is no report of his return

Raptors Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Scottie Barnes      SF: OG Anunoby
Middle: PF: Pascal Siakam
Guards: SG: Fred VanVleet      PG: Gary Trent Jr

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

Portland Trailblazers Team News

  • Damian Lillard is OUT for the contest after an abdomen surgery. He can miss two months more
  • Norman Powell is OUT for the game.
  • Larry Nanceis OUT for the game and has been out for some time
  • Cody Zeller is OUT for the game
  • Dennis Smith Jr.is PROBABLE for the game.

Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Robert Covington   SF: Nasir Little
Middle: C: Jusuf Nurkic
Guard: SG: CJ McCollum             PG: Anfernee Simmons

BENCH: Ben McLemore, Dennis Smith Jr., Trendon Watford, CJ Elleby, Greg Brown III, Tony Snell.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Fred VanVleet(TOR)
Points: 21
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 12
Steals: 02

Blocks: 02
Fred has been having an All-Star level season(Although I am not a fan of the offensive-centric all-star game). The Guard has kept the offensive engine ticking, however compared to earlier when he was dipping in 30+ points earlier this month, his scoring has been in 18-24 range while he has dished 7-12 assists a game regularly these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-55

Jusuf Nurkic(POR)
Points: 29
Rebounds: 17
Assists: 06
Blocks: 01
Steals: 01
Nurkic is a high-quality Center and he has certainly touched the mid-season form after having a so-so scoring season earlier. He has been on fire on boards and scoring, grabbing 14-17 rebounds and scoring in the 18-23 points range a game. The Center can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 47-60

Pascal Siakam(TOR)
Points: 21
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 04
Steals: 01

Pascal has one of the best ball-handling skills for a big in the league and his all-around abilities make him one of the best big Forwards in the league. The high-yielding PF has usually scored in the 18-23 points range, has grabbed 6-11 rebounds, and has dished 4-7 assists a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-45

CJ McCollum(POR)
Points: 24
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 04
Blocks: 02
CJ is a viable scoring option and after missing a significant time due to a lung injury, the guard has returned is back in full flow straightaway. The guard has scored 24 points in each of the last two games while also dishing 4 assists in those games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-40

Scottie Barnes(TOR)
Points: 27
Rebounds: 08
Assists: 01
Steals: 01
Scottie is a rookie wing who has injected the Raptors team with superb defense and wonderful all-around abilities. The Forward has not scored 20+ points that much and rather an 11-16 points range and has grabbed 5-9 rebounds a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-41

Anfernee Simons(POR)
Points: 21
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 04
Steals: 02

Simons was shooting horribly from the floor right up till late December, but then it all changed when he was inserted into the starting five after Lillard got injured, The promising guard has scored 21 or more in four of the last five games while usually dishing 4-7 assists a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-42

TOR vs POR DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

      • Nasir Little(POR) had 7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. Nasir has developed his scoring and I think a 7-13 points range and grabs 6-8 rebounds a game regularly.
      • OG Anunonby(TOR) had 12 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals, 1 block in the last game. OG has scored in the 14-19 points range while clinching multiple steals in a game every now and then.
      • Robert Covington(POR) had 5 points, 4 rebounds in the last game. The Forward has usually been in 7-11 points, 6-11 rebounds, and 1 steal/block at least per game.
      • Gary Trent Jr.(TOR) had 13 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block in the last game. Trent Jr. has been struggling with injuries and it has hurt his efficiency but he is a big factor nonetheless. I guess a 10-16 points range is to be expected here.
      • Chris Boucher(TOR) had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game. Chris has now picked up his scoring and has been scrapping 10-15 points and grabbing 6-8 rebounds on a regular basis.
      • Ben McLemore(POR) had 12 points, 3 rebounds in the last game. McLemore has been scoring in the 10-14 points range these days.
      • Precious Achiuwa(TOR) had 5 points, 5 rebounds in the last game. The rugged big has usually scored in the 6-9 points range and has grabbed 5-9 rebounds with some 10+ points and 10+ rebounds outings every now and then.
      • Dennis Smith Jr.(POR) had 2 points, 2 assists, 2 steals in the last contest. Smith Jr. has scored in the 2-5 range and hands over 2-4 assists a game, not a high-yielding player these days.

      TOR vs POR Dream11 Team

      PG: F VanVleet(SP)
      SG: A Simons
      SF: S Barnes
      PF: R Covington, P Siakam, C Boucher
      C: J Nurkic(PP), P Achiuwa

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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.