NBA Key Players- TOR vs BOS, SAC vs GSW
With a total of 17 championships to their name, the team of Boston Celtics are the NBA's most successful franchise. Celtics have found one of the most prominent young players in Jaylen Brown, who has stepped in the last nine games since Kyrie Irving got injured. In that period he is averaging 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
In Kyrie's absence, Celtics would be relying upon Brown for sailing them through against Toronto Raptors.
Another key player for the Celtics would be Al Horford who has scored 12.8 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game and 4.9 assists per game.
Horford injured his ankle against the Phoenix Suns on Monday would return to this game and would be aiming to score for his team.
As Celtics step in the match without their top-scorer Kyrie Irving, probably Raptors might step without their premier DeMar DeRozan too.
DeRozan is a four-time All-Star and is averaging 23.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds while playing in this season.
However, reportedly, he has flown to Los Angeles on Thursday to be with his ailing father and remains an uncertainty in the upcoming game.
Kyle Lowry is Toronto Raptors' second-best scorer only behind DeRozan.
Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game and is expected to perform well against Celtics as well.
Sacramento Kings vs Golden State Warriors
Sacramento Kings are finding it difficult to survive another disappointing NBA season. However, Kings have won twice out of three times they have met Golden State Warriors. Cauley Stein has the opportunity to shine in the match as the Warriors enter without Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Buddy Hield has played a pivotal role for the Kings while playing for the side. Buddy Hield is averaging 13.3 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game.
He is a player who might end up making big strides this season.
Golden State Warriors:
Golden State Warriors Forward, Kevin Durant has won two Olympic gold medals and has also been selected to seven All-NBA All-Star teams.
He is averaging 26.3 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game and 5.4 assists per game. As Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson won't be playing the match, the responsibility to bring victory to their side would lie on Durant's shoulders.