Pre-season gets underway for Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets with both the teams looking to take the momentum to 2019-20 NBA regular season.
Celtics made a terrific start to the 2018-19 season when they notched up crucial wins against top teams, enjoying a view from the top in the first few months.
Because of the good start and a couple of short winning sequences were enough to propel the team into the post-season, but then failing to touch the 50-win mark, was a big disappointment.
The 4-0 win over a shorthanded Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs hid the team's depth and the true potential, which were gaped open by Milwaukee Bucks in their 4-1 win over them in the conference semifinals.
The 17-time Champions were too inconsistent throughout the last season to challenge the big teams for the title
This will be a critical season for Brad Stevens, and the first thing he has to sort out is the team's chemistry.
What competition it is? NBA Pre-season 2019
The match will be played between Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden, in Boston, Massachusetts, the United States of America. The arena has a capacity of 19,000.
Match Day: October 07, 2019, @ 03:30 AM IST
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What to expect from Celtics and Hornets in the coming season:
Celtics must aim for +50 wins this season and it should be the minimum target for Brad Stevens. The roster looks a bit deep this season due to the addition of top players who should form the 2nd unit. But the departure of Al Horford and Aron Baynes has left Celtics a bit short in the Center.
Still, the playoffs should be the achievable target for the 17-time champions, and beyond that should be seen as a sign of future success.
For Charlotte Hornets, even emulating the last season's 39-43 record will be seen as a step in the right direction after the franchise lost their biggest star Kemba Walker to Boston Celtics. But their always a ray of hope and for Hornets, it's the first-round draft picks for 2020. If recruited well, the franchise can become a force in the next two or three years.
BOS vs CHA Dream11 team News:
Kyrie Irving left Boston Celtics in the summer, joining Kevin Durant in Brooklyn Nets in free agency.
Another high-profile departure saw Al Horford leaving for Philadelphia 76ers in free agency, while Aron Baynes (Phoenix Suns) and Terry Rozier (Charlotte Hornets) also left the franchise.
But the Celtics joined hands with all-star point guard Kemba Walker, a=had another stellar season with Charlotte Hornets last season.
Celtics also acquired Enes Kanter in free agency with Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards, Tremont Waters also joining forces with the Greens.
Big man Tacko Fall also signed with the Celtics, alongwith Vincent Poirier, Javonte Green, and Max Strus, as well as forwards Kaiser Gates and Yante Maten.
Players arrived in Hornets this season:
Terry Rozier, Kobi Simmons, PJ Washington, Thomas Welsh, Robert Franks, Ahmed Hill, Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Josh Perkins
JP Macura, Tony Parker, Kemba Walker, Frank Kaminsky, Jeremy Lamb, Shelvin Mack
Squad for the NBA Pre-season 2019:
Boston Celtics squad:
Kemba Walker, Marcus Smart, Max Strus, Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis, Gordan Hayward, Enes Kanter, Romeo Langford, Jaylen Brown, Carsen Edwards, Tacko Fall, Kaiser Gates, Javonte Green, Tremont Waters, Grant Williams, Robert Williams, Yante Maten, Semi Ojeleye, Vincent Poirier, Brad Wanamaker
Charlotte Hornets Squad:
Terry Rozier, Cody Zeller, Robert Franks, Devonte Graham, Ahmed Hill, Willy Hernangomez, Dwayne Bacon, Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo, Miles Bridges, Joe Chealey, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Caleb Martin, Malik Monk, Josh Perkins, Kobi Simmons, PJ Washington, Thomas Welsh
Players to watch out for: (Captain options):
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BOS vs CHA Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
Likely to feature from the bench:
BOS vs CHA Dream11 Teams:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION
Boston Celtics will start the game as favourites.