POR vs SAC Dream11 Prediction NBA Live, Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Portland Trail Blazers vs Sacramento Kings

Updated on: Jan 9, 2022 11:30 am IST

  • Jusuf Nurkic Harrison Barnes POR vs SAC Dream11

    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

    NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

    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 Trail Blazers vs Sacramento Kings NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

    Portland Trailblazers Team News

    • CJ McCollum is OUT for the game and his timetable to return is still unclea
    • Damian Lillard is OUT for the game due to an abdomen issue. He could return in the next game or the game after that.
    • Larry Nanceis OUT for the game

    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

    • Richuan Holmes, Chimezie Metu are in the COVID-19 protocols at the time of writing.
    • Maurice Harkless is QUESTIONABLE for the game

    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.

    NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

    DeAaron Fox(SAC)
    Points: 30
    Rebounds: 07
    Assists: 05
    Steals: 01
    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
    De Aaron Fox POR vs SAC Dream11

    Norman Powell (POR)
    Points: 19
    Rebounds: 05
    Assists: 03
    Steals: 01

    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

    Tyrese Haliburton(SAC)
    Points: 14
    Rebounds: 04
    Assists: 06
    Steals: 02

    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 Simons(POR)
    Points: 14
    Rebound: 03
    Assists: 07
    Blocks: 01
    Steals: 01

    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 Nurkic(POR)
    Points: 14
    Rebounds: 12
    Assists: 04
    Steals: 02
    Blocks: 01
    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

    Harrison Barnes(SAC)
    Points: 09
    Rebounds: 09
    Assists: 02
    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

    POR vs SAC DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

    • Robert Covington(POR) compiled 17 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks, 1 steal in the last game. Robert has scored 10 or more in three of the last five games but usually scores in the 6-9 range. He has also clinched 1+ steals and blocks regularly.
    • Marvin Bagley II(SAC) had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal in the last game. Marvin has been getting regular minutes now after lingering on the bench for too long. The big Forward has scored 6+ points and has grabbed 12 rebounds in two of the last three games.
    • Buddy Hield(SAC) had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block in the last game. Hield is going through an inconsistent phase-two 26 points games, 8, 11, and 7 in the other three matches.
    • Nasir Little(POR) had 8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals in the last game. The athletic Forward is an inconsistent scorer but has figured regularly in the 6-9 rebounds per game range.
    • Alex Len(SAC) had 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in the last game. Alex has usually scored in 6-9 range and grabbed 3-6 rebounds a game.
    • Ben McLemore(POR) had 5 points, 1 assist in the last game. Ben has been scoring 3-6 points a game but can burst up for 20+ nights every now and then.
    • Dennis Smith Jr.(POR) had 10 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, 1 steal in the last contest. Has dished 3-6 assists a game and majorly scoring in 3-4 points range.
    • Davion Mitchell(SAC) had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists in the last game. Mitchell has scored in the 4-8 range recently.
    • Cody Zeller(POR) had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game. Cody has grabbed 4-9 rebounds in most games recently which scoring 2-6 points a game.

    POR vs SAC Dream11 Team

    PG: D Fox(SP)
    SG: B Hield, A Simons, T Haliburton
    SF: N Powell
    PF: H Barnes, R Covington
    C:    J Nurkic(PP)
    Anfernee Simons POR vs SAC Dream11

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