Right here we’re: the 20 sport mark, nominally 1 / 4 of the best way by the season. Since beginning off 6-4, the Raptors are 3-7 of their final 10. Many, together with myself, had extraordinarily excessive hopes for this group after they rattled off a 5-game win streak in opposition to good opposition (with out Pascal Siakam, no much less). Is it time to re-adjust these expectations, or can this group flip it round?
Is it time to speak Siakam?
The Pascal Siakam discourse is so unbelievably poisonous that many Raptors Writers/Journos have critical trepidation about even broaching the subject, however that once-small pattern measurement is getting greater and larger and I might be remiss if I didn’t a minimum of point out the next: Toronto is 2-7 in video games which Pascal performs.
Clearly the document doesn’t inform the complete story, but it surely’s a sensationalist narrative and naturally individuals have run with it. Regardless of the group’s efficiency, Siakam remains to be a internet optimistic whereas out on the ground, posting a 1.3 BPM in 294 minutes to this point this season. The defence is a tad regarding, nevertheless. This season, Pascal has logged a career-worst -1.1 DBPM. I’m inclined to offer Pascal a cross contemplating he’s coming off a critical harm and has been thrust into an unfamiliar function, however there actually have been moments the place he hasn’t precisely handed the eye-test with flying colors:
watch siakam on these sequences pic.twitter.com/0YYZfepkWP
— William Lou (@william_lou) November 19, 2021
The larger concern is likely to be the match with Scottie Barnes. Lineups containing each Siakam and Barnes are posting a measly -0.3 internet ranking, which ranks 14th out of the 16 two-man pairings which have logged over 200 minutes this season. In idea these two CAN work collectively, however in apply they don’t… a minimum of not but.
The jury remains to be out on whether or not these guys can co-exist, however Raptors followers could be an ornery bunch, particularly after they’re bored with shedding. If it turns into apparent that Siakam is a hindrance to Scottie Barnes’ improvement it might be as much as Masai to step in. Right here’s hoping the Raps resolve the difficulty earlier than it will get to that time.
Lacking Khem Birch goes to be a problem, because the Raptors are extremely skinny at Centre to start with.
The actually wasnt the issue tonight nor has it been all season, a minimum of when the 2 Cs have each been wholesome. Given Birch’s humble resume and Valuable’ inexperience, i’ve truly been fairly happy with the Cs this season https://t.co/j4DqY2nBIS
— Oren Weisfeld (@OrenWeisfeld) November 22, 2021
Luckily for the Raptors, Boston is lacking Robert Williams, who went off for 16 factors and 13 boards final time the 2 groups met in Boston. Achiuwa is likely to be in for an extended night time in opposition to wily (learn: outdated) veteran Al Horford, however anticipate the Raptors defence to tighten up enjoying in entrance of a house crowd for the primary time since mid-November.
With Gary Trent restricted or out altogether, might we see the return of Goran Dragic? Though he hasn’t precisely wowed Raptors followers along with his manner OR his efficiency since arriving in August, Dragic must play sooner or later if they’ve any hope of transferring on from him. Tonight looks as if alternative to re-integrate Goran.
Tip-Off: 6:00pm EST | TV: Sportsnet; SN1 | Radio: Sportsnet 1050
Accidents: Gary Trent Jr. (calf) and OG Anunoby (hip) are listed as questionable, whereas Khem Birch (knee) is out.
PG: Fred VanVleet, Dalano Banton, Malachi Flynn, Goran Dragić
SG: Gary Trent Jr (Q), Svi Mykhailiuk
SF: Scottie Barnes, Yuta Watanabe, Justin Champagnie
PF: Pascal Siakam, Chris Boucher
C: Valuable Achuiwa
Accidents: Jaylen Brown (harm administration) is questionable, whereas Robert Williams (sickness) and Dennis Schroder (ankle) won’t play in opposition to the Raptors.
PG: Marcus Good, Payton Prichard
SG: Jaylen Brown, Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, Brodric Thomas
SF: Jayson Tatum, Aaron Nesmith, Sam Hauser
PF: Grant Williams, Juancho Hernangomez, Jabari Parker
C: Al Horford, Enes Kanter, Bruno Fernando
Moneyline: -110 for each groups
Unfold: Raptors -1.5
Participant prop value contemplating: Scottie Barnes OVER 13.5 factors.
Ideas: It simply feels bizarre that, given the Raptors current struggles, they continue to be favourites in opposition to the once-mighty Celtics. Of their final assembly, the Celtics took care of enterprise in Boston successful 104-88. This time round, nevertheless, the Raptors are at residence and can absolutely be re-energized being again in Toronto after a 6-game west coast street journey. Name me a homer, however I’m all around the Raptors on this one. Count on Toronto to tighten up the defence in opposition to a divisional rival, so give me the underneath. As for Scottie: 13.5 factors appears ridiculously low contemplating he’s averaging 23 PPG in opposition to the Celtics this season. I do know there’s some harm concern, but when he’s not on the report I’d confidently take the over on factors all the best way as much as 16.5.
Conclusion: Raptors ML, Raptors unfold, U 209.5 factors
And as at all times: wager correctly, associates.
Tip Kyle Brickman
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