CHI vs IND Dream11: As COVID-19 throws its volleys upon the NBA world, the league has somehow kept afloat. Talking about this game, the Chicago Bulls host the Indiana Pacers in a classic Eastern Conference tussle that has been going on for decades. Bulls have won 19 wins and 10 losses while Pacers have 19 losses and just 14 wins.
Bulls are full of talented guards and their guard trio of Ball, LaVine, and DeRozan can pull through even two of these players are playing. With iso-scoring, perimeter shooting, and a strong Center in Nikola Vucevic who is high-yielding. The Bulls are rolling this season and they could be a force during the Playoffs because now they have iso scorers who can pull through when the game slows down.
Pacers have had another troublesome season. Despite their terrific guard depth, unlike the Bulls, the state of the team is way worse. Sabonis and Turner form a strong frontcourt pairing and there are as many as six players who can score in double-digits. Still, the Pacers keep losing and their campaign needs a huge spark.
Host: Chicago Bulls
Visitors: Indiana Pacers
Match Timing: 27 December, @ 06:30 AM
Venue: United Center
Bulls: LaVine is potentially back
If LaVine is back in the mix then the Bulls will only become more intimidating. Their depth is a thing to be reckoned with and their ability to pull off quality late-game possessions means that this team is learning to grind out games together. The Bulls can employ both fastbreak and half-court style with equal success and with two formidable isolation options in DeRozan and LaVine, the team’s balance has been blossoming. Perhaps, the Celtics duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum can take some lessons from this duo? Overall, the Bulls’ bench depth with Coby White is also looking strong at this point and the team has the potential to make a deep Playoffs push.
Pacers: So much talent, such little returns…
With three high-yielding isolation scorers in Duarte, LeVert, and Brogdon paired with two high-yielding frontcourt players in Turner and Sabonis, along with a decent bench, the Pacers record is certainly underwhelming. The team is not able to close out games and can get lost on both ends. Perhaps, they need more off-the-ball players? But what is their issue? Lack of physicality? Inability to read opponents? Getting outhustled? They have all-around players, they have a solid scoring core, and yet the Indiana team continues to betray the expectations.
Indiana Pacers | Chicago Bulls
Games: 33| 29
Wins: 14| 19
Defeats: 19| 10
Chicago Bulls News:
Bulls Expected Starting Five
Wing, PF: JaVonte Green
Middle: C: Nikola Vucevic
Guards: SG: DeMar DeRozan SG: Zach LaVine PG: Lonzo Ball
BENCH: Alfonzo McKinnie, Coby White, Troy Brown Jr., Tyler Cook, Matt Thomas, Devon Dotson, Marko Simonovic, Tony Bradley.
Indiana Pacers Team News
Pacers Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Justin Holiday
Middle: PF: Oshae Brissett OR Domantas Sabonis C: Myles Turner
Guards: SG: Caris LeVert G: Chris Duarte OR Malcolm Brogdon
BENCH: Jeremy Lamb, Torrey Craig, Isaiah Jackson, DeJon Jarreau, Goga Bitadze, Kelan Martin, Brad Wanamaker, Duane Washington Jr.
Zach LaVine(CHI) has been cleared from the COVID-19 protocols and he can return sooner than later. The Shooting Guard has averaged more than 25 points per game and was in fine touch before his absence.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-37
Caris LeVert(IND )
LeVert is a terrific isolation scorer and he can also provide strong rebounding and can also dish off assists. Caris can chip in with 16-24 points, and dish 5+ assists and 6-8 rebounds a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-55
For me, DeMar may have scored a ton before but he is having the best season of his life and he has looked more confident than ever. The Guard has chipped in with 26-30 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 4-7 assists a game regularly. He is an option for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-49
Myles Turner(IND )
Myles has been an exceptional scorer this season while continuing his blocks galore during many games. He has spanned in the 13-18 points range, 6-10 rebounds, and 2-5 blocks a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-50
Nikola has been a strong presence in the middle for the Bulls and complements the guard trio of DeRozan, LaVine, and Ball pretty well. The Center can chip in 17-22 points and 8-12 rebounds on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-44
Chris Duarte(IND )
Duarte is a high-scorer and as a rookie, he has already established an offensive identity. The Guard has scored in the 13-18 points range continuously this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-30
Lonzo Ball(CHI )
Ball can rain it down from the three-point line and he is one of the best shooters in the league. The PG is more than a shooter and can also rebound and dish assists at a high clip. Expect 15-20 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 5-8 assists a game along with 1-2 steals regularly from the Guard.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-53
Domantas Sabonis(IND) who is questionable for this game has scored in the 16-22 points range and has clasped 8-15 rebounds while dishing 3-7 assists a game. He is QUESTIONABLE for this game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-45
Malcolm Brogdon(IND) has scored in a similar range to Sabonis while grabbing 5-8 rebounds and dishing 5-8 assists a game. He is QUESTIONABLE for this game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-39
CHI vs IND Dream11 Lineup Balancers
PG: L Ball
SG: C LeVert(PP), C White, C Duarte
SF: D DeRozan(SP)
PF: O Brissett
C: N Vucevic, M Turner
(Lineup can be updated as per COVID-19 protocols changes and injuries)
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