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BOS vs BKN Dream11 Prediction NBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets

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BOS vs BKN Dream11: The Timberwolves downing Grizzlies mean that the Play-in teams enter with a better rhythm and the higher-ranked teams can be a bit off the steam considering their layoff. This is a dilemma I have had with the Play-in tournament, a team that enters on a high can notch upsets here and there, so what is the way out? Perhaps, that was also due to the high level of play by the Wolves but we noticed something like that last season too. Anyway, the Brooklyn Nets will also enter with the same momentum as they take on the Celtics.

Celtics pride themselves on the defensive end and they made a mockery out of even elite teams during the Regular Season. Their offense keeps on improving and there is no doubt that we can see them dominate the Playoffs if things click in this game. Let us see how the Celtics respond after six days off.

On the other hand, the Brooklyn Nets took care of business against the Cavaliers and by the virtue of that, they made it to the Playoffs. With the duo of Irving and Durant, they will be an imposing opponent even for the on-fire Celtics. Can the duo carry the hopes of the team forward again?

Host: Boston Celtics
Visitors: Brooklyn Nets
Match Timing: 18 April, @ 01:00 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: TD Garden

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Celtics will have to be cautious

The Celtics have built a defensive identity and it will be put to test here in the Playoffs. The Nets have looked imposing with Durant and Irving, two scorers who can even give trouble to elite defenders. One other area where the Nets have seen huge improvement is the defensive end. Bruce Brown is playing the best basketball of his life, becoming a fluid all-position player, and credit belongs to the coaching staff led by Steve Nash that has surprised teams by inserting Brown in different positions. He will be busy here against the Celtics for sure.

The Celtics’ defense did take a hit when Robert Williams went down but veteran Al Horford has acted as a formidable help defender and upped both his rebounding and scoring to end the season. The offensive end for the Celts will largely hinge upon Tatum and Brown, the latter actually outscored Tatum and that has been a huge boost when Tatum hasn’t shot well. Still, I believe Tatum can do better with his shot selection. Marcus Smart can provide beautiful playmaking but the Celtics passing improved and Tatum, Brown, Horford, and White are all well-adept at moving the ball.

Andre Drummond will be tasked to keep Horford off the boards and this is something he has done at an amazing rate since the beginning of his career. Seth Curry has been a bit off offensively which is understandable considering he is playing alongside two ball-dominant players. The trouble for the Nets can be that if Tatum and Brown both take off and Smart shuts down Kyrie then they can be heavily outmatched. Meanwhile, the trouble for the Celtics will be that Kyrie and Durant both know how to score in multiple ways while Brown has taken advantage of the open lanes produced due to the presence of these two players.

Fantasy lineup related tips
For the Nets, choosing between Irving and Durant can be confusing but Durant has a lot more to offer than just scoring. On the other hand, the bigger confusion is when you have to choose between Brown and Tatum because you never know which player is in for a big night. On the other hand, Smart provides great playmaking and can also roll in some points for the Celtics. Horford is a great filler pick-up considering he is an all-around player while Theis provides a lot of value as another filler player. The same goes for Bruce Brown and Andre Drummond, whereas Seth Curry, Grant Williams, Derrick White, Goran Dragic, and Patty Mills are rather risky picks.

Performance Predictions

Top Scorer: Jayson Tatum: 34
Top Rebounder: Al Horford: 12
Highest assists: Marcus Smart: 8
Scoreline Prediction:  Celtics 113     Nets 107

Boston Celtics vs Brooklyn Nets NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Boston Celtics Team News:

  • Robert Williams is OUT for the game and may return during the Playoffs.
  • Juwan Morgan, Nik Stauskas are OUT

Celtics Expected Starting Five

Two-way High-Scoring Wing: SF: Jayson Tatum
All-around Big: PF: Al Horford
Inside Presence: C: Daniel Theis
Two-way High-scoring Guard: SG: Jaylen Brown
Defensive specialist and Playmaker: PG: Marcus Smart

BENCH: Grant Williams, Derrick White, Payton Pritchard, Aaron Nesmith, Sam Hauser, Bruno Fernando.

Brooklyn Nets Team News

  • Ben Simmons is OUT for the game and he has not played this season yet.
  • Joe Harris is OUT for the season.

Nets Expected Starting Five
High-scoring all-around wing: SF: Kevin Durant
Versatile All-Position Player: F: Bruce Brown
Rebounding specialist: C: Andre Drummond
Shooting Guards: SG: Seth Curry
Main ball-handler: PG: Kyrie Irving

MAJOR BENCH ROTATIONS(In Order): Goran Dragic, Patty Mills, Nic Claxton, Kessler Edwards, Cam Thomas, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Jayson Tatum (BOS)
Wing Tatum is one of the best wings but has been inconsistent at times but his ability to score from multiple areas, play smart defense, clasp rebounds, and dish assists. He can be in 26-34 points, 5-8 rebounds, 4-6 assists, and 10-2 steal range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 44-56

Kevin Durant(BKN)
Wing Durant has continued to be an MVP-level player and his ability to score in bunches, grab boards, and also dish a ton of assists. He can be in 25-33 points, 7-10 rebounds, 4-6 assists, and 1-3 steals/blocks range. Kevin is usually a candidate for Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-52

Jaylen Brown(BOS)
Off-guard Brown is one of the best defensive players in the league while his offensive capabilities are coupled with an all-around ability. He is mostly in the 23-30 points, 5-7 rebounds/assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-51

Kyrie Irving(BKN)
Kyrie is one of the best isolation scorers and has exploded for huge nights repeatedly at the Point Guard position. Kyrie can be in 25-31 points and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-53

Marcus Smart(BOS)
Guard Marcus is one of the best perimeter defenders and can act as a playmaker along with being a premium scorer. He has been in 12-17 points, 5-8 assists, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32

Bruce Brown(BKN)
Wing Brown has been slated in different positions and he can be a strong scorer, rebounder, playmaker, and defender as well. I believe he can be in 12-17 points, 4-7 assists, 4-6 rebounds, and 2-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-34

BOS vs BKN DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

    • Al Horford(BOS) has done well in the middle as the last-line of defense and he is a terrific all-around player. He can be in 8-13 points, 6-9 rebounds, 4-6 assists, and 1-3 blocks/steals range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-28
    • Andre Drummond(BKN) is a brilliant rebounder. He can be in 10-14 points and 8-13 rebounds range here.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-25
    • Daniel Theis(BOS) is a decent Center who can be a decent rebounder, scorer, and defender. I expect a 10-15 points and 5-8 rebounds range. Expected Fantasy Points Range: 12-22
    • Derrick White (BOS) is a solid defender and can also act as a great scorer and ballhandler. He can be in 9-14 points, 3-5 rebounds, 3-4 assists, and 1-2 blocks/steals range. Expected Fantasy Points Range: 15-29
    • Nic Claxton(BKN) has given some solid backup minutes and he can be in 7-11 points and 5-8 rebounds range here.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-23
    • Grant Williams (BOS) has done an excellent job off the bench and I expect a 4-8 points and 3-6 rebounds range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 8-14
    • Seth Curry(BKN) has had some off nights offensively but I still see an 8-13 points effort from him here
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 9-17
    • Payton Pritchard(BOS) can see a reduction in his minutes here.

BOS vs BKN Dream11 Lineup

PG: D White
SG: M Smart
SF: G Williams, K Durant(PP)
PF: J Tatum(SP), B Brown
C:    D Theis, N Claxton
(most recommended)

PG: D White, K Irving(PP)
SG: M Smart
SF: J Brown(SP)
PF: B Brown
C:    D Theis, N Claxton, A Drummond
(alternate)

Where to watch NBA Live Score?

How exciting this affair between the Celtics and the Nets looks! The duo of Irving and Durant visit the duo of Brown and Tatum to figure out if this will mark a new era or will the veterans prevail? Well, in not an intriguing piece of news for Indian NBA viewers, this game is not available on the Indian-based streaming platforms Voot, JIO TV, Sports 18, and VH1. Therefore, the best way to catch the action is to purchase the annual subscription of the NBA League Pass and catch the live-action and also full game replay. To learn the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the NBA.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.