CHA vs PHX Dream11:With COVID-19 hitting the world in full range, it seems like we are going to see more ten-day deals and the league may have to become even more flexible, although, to the NBA’s credit, a lot of previous rules have been relaxed to make a way for an accommodating season. In this game, two teams, who have unsurprisingly not been untouched by the pandemic clash against each other.
Charlotte Hornets have been among the highest-scoring teams in the league and despite their shoddy defense, they are not an opponent one can take lightly. Charlotte has a wealth of isolation scorers, efficient passers, and even when they are short-handed, they can deploy multiple weapons on the offensive side.
Suns are hit by COVID-19 recently and there is no doubt not having Ayton hurts their inside scoring, defense, and rebounding. Now with McGee also gone, both those areas take a further hit while Jae Crowder’s absence has hurt the bench balance as now the Suns can’t deploy the wing-heavy lineup containing Johnson off the bench.
Host: Charlotte Hornets
Visitors: Phoenix Suns
Match Timing: 3 January, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: Spectrum Center
With Bridges and Washington clearing the COVID-19 protocols, the Hornets can receive a boost but reCHAber they are questionable to play in this outing. Paul and Booker match up well against Rozier and Ball, remember among these four, there is plenty of scoring and playmaking, with Booker and Paul being better defensive backcourt. The Hayward-McDaniels-Plumlee frontcourt is a little outmatched by the Johnson-Smith-Bridges pairing although on his day Hayward can take over games better than any of the three options Suns have at the wing. In terms of the bench, I give Hornets the advantage especially if PJ Washington returns.
Overall, the Suns have seen how much Ayton and Crowder meant in the regular rotation. They both are quality defenders whereas Ayton helps the team in sealing off the rebounds while also contributing with paint scoring. The Hornets, on the other hand, can have more options on offense and the Suns with their depleted defense can take a hit. Below is the percentage-wise match-up advantage, in my humble opinion:
Guards: Suns 52% Hornets 48%
Wings: Suns 51% Hornets 49%
Big-Forward/Center: Hornets 55% Suns 45%
Bench: Hornets 59% Suns 41%
Overall: Hornets 53% Suns 47%
Phoenix Suns | Charlotte Hornets
Games: 35| 36
Wins: 27| 19
Defeats: 08| 17
Charlotte Hornets Team News
Hornets Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Gordon Hayward SF: Miles Bridges(QUESTIONABLE)
Middle: C: Mason Plumlee
Guards: SG: Terry Rozier PG: LaMelo Ball
BENCH: Jalen McDaniels, Kelly Oubre, Cody Martin, PJ Washington(QUESTIONABLE), Kai Jones, JT Thor, Ish Smith, James Bouknight, Arnoldas Kubolka.
Phoenix Suns Team News
Suns Expected Starting Five
Wing/Forwards: SF: Cameron Johnson SF: Mikal Bridges PF: Jalen Smith
Middle: C: JaVale McGee
Guards: SG: Devin Booker PG: Chris Paul
BENCH: Jalen Smith, Chandler Hutchinson, Cameron Payne, Chasson Randle, Landry Shamet, Ismail Wainright.
Booker is the leading scorer for the Suns and despite a couple of tough shooting nights, he continues to be a major part of the team. Booker has scored in the 22-34 points range and has scrapped 4-6 assists and rebounds a game regularly. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-48
Rozier was doing a lot of damage to the opposition’s defense last season around the same window and once again, we are seeing Terry’s specials one after another. Rozier has scored 27 or more in two games straight.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 49-59
Chris Paul (PHX)
CP3 is one of the main reasons why the Suns reached the Finals last season and are looking like one of the contenders this season. A 14-21 points range a 8-14 assists range is a norm for the talented Point Guard.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-49
Ball can stuff the stat-sheet and his ability to get the rebound and accelerate the game pace has enabled the Hornets to field a substantial attack on a nightly basis. A 17-24 points, 6-12 rebounds, and 5-10 assists range is a norm for the sophomore guard.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 41-52
After a terrific start to the season, Hayward finished the December month with a cold shooting stretch but has shot comparatively better in the last two games. Will the wing get back to scoring 16-22 points a game while seeing an increase in rebounding and assists like earlier?
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-41
Cameron who is usually in the reserve role has the talent to become a starter and his last game’s 20 points performance is indicative of that. Johnson has scored 19 or more in three of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-35
PG: C Paul(PP), L Ball(SP)
SG: T Rozier, D Booker
SF: C Johnson
PF: M Bridges
C: J McDaniels, J Smith
(lineup will be revisited before the game)
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