POR vs SAC Dream11: Well, for some teams COVID-19 isn’t the only issue, injuries are also following around many players throughout the season and the mixture of the two make for a long list of absentees. Still, there is a reason why the roster has more than 10 players and with the league allowing teams to sign players on ten-day deals, a flexible approach to keep the season going has been.
In this game, the Portland Trail Blazers will square off against the Sacramento Kings. Portland has been struggling all season long with just 14 wins and a humungous 24 losses meanwhile the story is no different for the Kings, who have 25 wins and just 16 wins, having another turbulent season.
Portland has played without CJ McCollum for a long time now and with Damian Lillard out of the picture, whatever little cohesion Trail Blazers had has disappeared. The team is now dependent upon Powell, Nurkic, and Simons to create offense.
Kings have struggled all season long and their players have been highly inconsistent on both ends of the floor. They have been having such seasons for a long time now and for a team that hasn’t entered the Playoffs stage for more than 15 seasons now, this season is again repeating the same old painful theme.
Host: Portland Trail Blazers
Visitors: Sacramento Kings
Match Timing: 5 January, @ 09:00 AM
Venue: Moda Center
Portland: Is this it for the current core?
Portland is a team that enters the season with a lot of promise with what they have to offer in terms of roster make-up but things haven’t clicked for them especially these past two seasons. Their defense has been vulnerable and for a team whose defense is so-so, offensive lapses only worsen the matters. With Lillard and McCollum out, the burden has shifted largely on Norman Powell, who has done well but still, his efficiency has taken a hit with the opposition’s defense magnetized towards him. Nurkic has also not shot well but Anfernee has finally risen to the occasion and has notched some big-time games. Even with an athletic Forward lineup of Larry Nance, Nasir Little, and Robert Covington, the Portland squad is not defending well. Perhaps, the current core of Lillard, McCollum, Powell, and Nurkic will be broken up soon?
Kings: Management issues?
Marvin Bagley has complained how the Kings management hasn’t handled him well. The Power Forward was lingering on the bench, even registering no minutes during some games. This is a common theme for Sacramento which sees their major players leave the team and rather than aiding the growth of their young players, this team seems to stall the growth, Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins, and now Marvin Bagley are major examples of that. Will the same happen to Fox, Haliburton, and Mitchell? I believe they should at least stick with these three players, they have made many trades and coaching changes but things just don’t work out for the Kings.
Portland Trail Blazers | Sacramento Kings
Games: 38| 38
Wins: 14| 16
Defeats: 24| 22
Portland Trailblazers Team News
Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Robert Covington, SF: Norman Powell SF: Nasir Little
Middle: C: Jusuf Nurkic
Guard: SG: Anfernee Simmons
BENCH: Ben McLemore, Dennis Smith Jr., Trendon Watford, Cody Zeller, CJ Elleby, Greg Brown III, Tony Snell.
Sacramento Kings Team News
Sacramento Kings Expected Starting Five
Forwards: PF: Marvin Bagley III SF: Harrison Barnes
Middle: C: Damian Jones
Guards: PG: DeAaron Fox PG: Tyrese Haliburton
BENCH: Maurice Harkless(QUESTIONABLE), Buddy Hield, Davion Mitchell, Alex Len, Louis King, Terance Davis, Jahmius Ramsey, Emmanuel Terry, Robert Woodward III.
Fox has been on a great rhythm offensively and has led the Kings in scoring during the last three games. The Guard has been scoring around 30 points and dishing 5-6 assists on a regular basis these days. Fox can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-50
Norman Powell (POR)
Norman’s role has expanded in the wake of injuries to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. The wing can score in both isolations and through off-the-ball movement. The SF has scored 26 or more in three of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-49
Haliburton has been a fantastic playmaker, especially since late December. The guard has been a little inconsistent scoring-wise but has continually dished 6 or more assists while grabbing 3-5 rebounds regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-37
Anfernee has finally found his groove and has certainly raised his game since the last three contests. Simons has scored 14, 28, 43 in the last three games while dishing 7 assists in each of the three games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-56
Jusuf is an important part of the Trail Blazers at the Center position and his rebounding. However, he is not shooting well on the floor with Trail Blazers’ relatively predictable offense. Jusuf has grabbed 11-14 rebounds and has mostly scored in the 14-17 range recently.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-46
Barnes’s scoring range keeps falling dramatically. He started the season scoring 20+, then fell to 14-19 range and now he has all of a sudden now in the 9-14 range. Barnes has grabbed 6-9 rebounds a game recently but will be able to expand the scoring range again?
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
PG: D Fox(SP)
SG: B Hield, A Simons, T Haliburton
SF: N Powell
PF: H Barnes, R Covington
C: J Nurkic(PP)
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