the Toronto Raptors take the San Antonio Spurs in the second of the two teams NBA regular season Game. the Spurs come out after an impressive 12-point win over the Memphis Grizzlies. On the other hand, the Toronto Raptors hopes to shrug off their poor outing in a 14-point loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in their first regular-season NBA game.
The 2020-21 NBA regular season was announced on December 22 and the full schedule can be viewed here.
The San Antonio Spurs failed to qualify for the NBA playoffs last time around, which ended up shattering a 22-year streak. This time around, they’re hoping their aging stars will stay healthy and can guide them to another playoff spot.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have had a quiet offseason, but they’ll be confident they have a serious run for the NBA championship. The Raptors have several young stars and impressive depth in their roster, but lost their first game after a lackluster performance where they looked tired on both sides of the pitch.
Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs match prediction: 3 huge clashes to watch
The Toronto Raptors are hoping to improve in their first outing as Fred VanVleet looked uncomfortable and failed to provide offensive support to stars like Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam. This time around, the trio will look to improve their performance and lead the Toronto Raptors to their first victory.
For the San Antonio Spurs, Dejounte Murray will look to quash some of the Toronto Raptors’ attacking threat, while DeMar DeRozan has a chance to continue his prolific goal form. Finally, LaMarcus Aldridge will be looking to have a good offensive game while Fred VanVleet is looking to put behind a bad game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
# 3 Fred VanVleet vs. LaMarcus Aldridge
In the game that might just as well decide the fate of the game, Fred VanVleet will look to ignore a poor performance in the Toronto Raptors’ loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Aldridge, meanwhile, scored 20 points in the San Antonio Spurs’ win over the Grizzlies.
How the two do in their respective positions will impact both offensive and defensive volleys during the match. An aging Aldridge comes up against a mercurial all-round shooting goaltender who will want to skip Game 1 and help his team to victory over an experienced San Antonio Spurs side.
# 2 Pascal Siakam vs. DeMar DeRozan
On the one hand, DeMar DeRozan, who at 31 is still one of the NBA’s deadliest scorers. In addition, he appears to have started the season in great form, registering 28 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds in the San Antonio Spurs’ win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Pascal Siakam, on the other hand, has become one of the most improved players in the NBA in recent seasons. During the 2019-20 NBA regular season, Pascal Siakam recorded high career numbers in several areas, with 22.9 points, 0.9 blocks, 1 steal and 3.5 assists per game.
Either way, this game can go in the direction of the San Antonio Spurs, as DeMar DeRozan continues his scoring form.
# 1 Kyle Lowry vs. Dejounte Murray
Kyle Lowry is considered one of the best playmakers in the NBA for several reasons. He’s brilliant on both sides of the pitch, has brilliant vision and is one of the most consistent players. The Toronto Raptors have had huge success with Kyle Lowry as the point guard, and he’ll be looking forward to taking on Dejounte Murray.
Murray is the youngest player to ever make the NBA All-Defensive team. He looks back on the back of an impressive overall performance in the San Antonio Spurs’ opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite his defensive prowess, Murray will have his hands full and look to quash Lowry’s overall offensive threat.
Posted on Dec 27, 2020 at 12:07 AM IST