Los Angeles Lakers entertain defending champion Toronto Raptors at Staples Center in a matchup between two in-form teams. Lakers are currently on a seven-game winning run, while the Raptors have made a very good start to the new season, as they sit 2nd in the Eastern Conference with a 6-2 record.
Lakers are undefeated since opening the season with a 112-102 defeat at the hands of Los Angeles Clippers. People didn’t waste any time in bringing the Lakers down to earth, making the mockery of their title credentials. But the Lakers have been anything hut a team flattering to deceive since then.
The Raptors are also looking like a well-knit unit, despite losing superstar Kawhi Leonard to Los Angeles Clippers in the off-season. But Pascal Siakam looks ready to lead the team as he averages both a team-high and career-high.
Lebron James: The King is back to his best, looks ready to take the crown back. The 34-year-old superstar scored three consecutive triple-double prior to the last game.
Anthony Davis: The 26-year-old is averaging a team-high 26.5 points per game this season, and that’s remarkable considering LeBron James is his teammate.
Pascal Siakam: Fresh pff scoring a season-high 44 points against the Pelicans in the last game, he is capable of outscoring any player on current form.
Lakers team news:
Rajon Rondo has been ruled out from Sunday’s match against the Toronto Raptors, as per official reports. The 33-year-old is yet to feature for the Lakers this season.
Avey Bardely, who was listed as questionable before the last game against Miami Heat, managed to shake off the injury and clocked 25 minutes. He should be fine.
Lakers expected squad for this match:
LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Jared Dudley, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Danny Green, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, Zach Norvell
Raptors team news:
Kyle Lowry has been ruled out due to a finger injury. Serge Ibaka is also out with a long-term injury absentee.
Raptors expected squad for this game.
Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol, Norman Powell, Terence Davis, Patrick McCaw, Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Thomas, Chris Boucher, Dewan Hernandez, Malcolm Miller, Isaiah Taylor
Lakers vs Raptors starting five:
Lakers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, JaVale McGee, Avery Bradley, Danny Green
Raptors: Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Marc Gasol, Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell
LAL vs TOR Dream11 Teams:
PG: A Bradley
SG: N Powell
SF: L James, K Caldwell-Pope
PF: A Davis (SP), P Siakam, C Boucher
C: J McGee
PG: A Bradley
SG: N Powell
SF: L James, K Caldwell-Pope, O Anunoby
PF: A Davis (SP)
C: J McGee, M Gasol