BKN vs UTA Dream11: The NBA has been moving steadily towards the Playoffs window and this is a tricky area as some teams have improved over the season and have played some of their best basketball recently. Thus engaging in fantasy scenarios becomes tricky as we have to take into account various dynamics are in play and as the season closes in, some players have some of their best performances in the store. Anyway, let us jump into the game between the Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets have finally improved their play and it is no accident that the win count has been on the rise since Kevin Durant has been back. They are still not close to the sixth spot which can help the team avoid the Play-in tournament that is just a few weeks away. There is no doubt that at the moment, the Nets seem to be heading for an eighth spot finish.
On the other hand, the Utah Jazz has bigger ambition and Utah has certainly recovered after a paltry return during January, the Jazz has turned around the season with superb play. However, the expectations have been high from the team for two seasons and although they may not be figuring in the top five contenders, they can surprise during the Playoffs.
Host: Brooklyn Nets
Visitors: Utah Jazz
Match Timing: 22 March, @ 05:00 AM
Venue: Barclays Center
The Jazz crushed the Knicks 108:93 and a strong defensive effort helped them after they fielded a weakened squad due to injuries. Mitchell put up 36 points to lead the effort.
The Jazz’s roster balance has been disturbed ever since the injury to Bojan Bogdanovic and the team has to make do with some “hero ball” from Clarkson and Mitchell. One another factor that still makes the Jazz formidable is the strong defense of Gobert and his big-time rebounding and inside scoring. Meanwhile, although Royce O’Neale is not an assertive offensive player, he does supply more than decent defense. Mike Conley missed the last game too and there is no doubt that the team will need Conley and Bogdanovic during the Playoffs because, unlike Regular Season, they will be facing a more well-oiled squad. Defensively, the Jazz has improved compared to earlier, and with the way things are going, you can’t write off Jazz.
The Nets enter the game after beating the Trail Blazers 128:123 as Durant poured in 38 points and the team came through without Kyrie Irving
Kevin Durant has done a brilliant job as usual and when he had been gone, the Nets had looked like bottom teams such as the Rockets, Pacers, Magic, etc. But when he is playing, the Nets look like a mid-tier Playoffs team at least. Durant’s ability to compile wins even without Kyrie Irving and James Harden(now traded) earlier showcases that he is one of the best leaders in the league. This is why even if the Nets may finish at the eighth spot and have to crack the Play-in tournament, you can’t take Durant lightly because he can surely lift the team past some of the more formidable squads. And when you think that a starting five of Irving, Simmons, Seth Curry, Durant, and Drummond/Aldridge play together, there is indeed a lot of promise.
Utah Jazz | Brooklyn Nets
Games: 71 | 71
Wins: 45 | 37
Defeats: 26 | 34
Brooklyn Nets Team News
Nets Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Kevin Durant| SF: Bruce Brown
Middle: PF: Andre Drummond
Guards: PG: Goran Dragic | SG: Seth Curry
BENCH: Cam Thomas, Patty Mills, James Johnson Kessler Edwards, Blake Griffin, Jevon Carter.
Utah Jazz Team News
Jazz Expected Starting Five
Frontline: F: Juancho Hernangomez | PF: Royce O’Neale | C: Rudy Gobert
Guards: SG: Donovan Mitchell | SG: Nickeil Alexander-Walker
BENCH: Jordan Clarkson, Rudy Gay, Eric Paschall, Trent Forrest, Hassan Whiteside.
KD continues to rain points no matter who the opponent and if not for an injury earlier that sidelined him for a lot of weeks, he would have been in the MVP conversation. A 30+ points, 5+ rebounds, and 5+ assists range is usually expected these days. The wing can be considered as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 44-62
The above numbers are commonplace for Donovan and he has lit up squads after squads, he has also elevated his rebounding and assists numbers lately. Mitchell has mostly been in 25+ points, 4-8 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-52
Rudy is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and undoubtedly plays a huge part as the Center, providing quality paint scoring, rebounding, and defense. Gobert has mostly been in 13-19 points, 9-15 rebounds, and 1-4 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35
Curry has played an important part as the starting off-guard, providing quality shooting these days, usually elevating his scoring when Kyrie is out. He has scored 24 or more two games in a row while clinching 1 or more steals regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-31
Big Andre is providing some quality minutes recently, collecting big boards, and also supplying inside offense. The Center has mostly been in 10-18 points, 7-10 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range recently.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 19-30
Guard Jordan continues to be a huge factor off the bench and his ability to pop shots from different areas in a quick window. The Guard has scored 20 or more thrice in a row.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
PG: J Clarkson, G Dragic, D Mitchell(PP)
SG: S Curry
SF: K Durant(SP), B Brown
PF: R O’Neale
C: A Drummond
Isn’t it fun watching Kevin Durant drop big-time buckets or Mitchell matching it up on the other hand with the full flow? And surely, you can do so if you are an NBA fan in India and rely upon the regional services! The streaming services JIO TV and Voot, the two designated streaming platforms for NBA games in India are going to showcase this game. But what if you want to catch a lot of other games? Purchase the annual subscription in the NBA League Pass and through it, you can both watch live games and also go through the full game replays. To know the scores, news, stats, and other NBA stuff, go to the official website of the NBA.