CHI vs LAC Dream11: Hello NBA following friends, how is it going. Here is a greeting to all the people who come here to go through the write-ups here. Anyway, the NBA has also greeted its fans with another hot serve of top-quality basketball this season and we are in for more fun with each day. Because with each day, we are inching closer to the Playoffs and it is well-known that the intensity of the games will be up once the Postseason arrives. Let us jump into the game between the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Bulls have been underwhelming in the second half of the season and while their play has been more than decent at home, their away from the home record has been terrible lately after the team was strong on the road earlier. Is the absence of Lonzo Ball causing this rupture, some Bulls fans told me that it is not the case, it is just the lack of hustle at times.
On the other hand, the Clippers fans must be a little relieved after the return of Paul George. The team held on to a decent record without him but his absence caused a five-game losing streak recently as the team couldn’t find a go-to offensive player. The Clippers will be in a tough bout during the Play-in tournament.
Host: Chicago Bulls
Visitors: LA Clippers
Match Timing: 1 April, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: United Center
The Bulls come into this game after punching a 107:94 win versus the Wizards as DeMar DeRozan stacked up 32 points.
It is a simple thing for the Bulls’ success at times and it is that DeRozan hoards 30+ points and the team wins more often than not. Zach LaVine has been huge at times too, going on personal scoring runs but the team has missed Lonzo Ball. Ball provided three-point shooting, playmaking, rebounding, and some tough defense and without him, the open lanes have decreased for other players while the scoring balance has surely been hit.
Defensively too, both LaVine and DeRozan have struggled, especially away from home, but they are both capable defenders. Nikola Vucevic plays a prime role as a rebounder and if his defensive intensity is up, the Bulls are harder to beat. On the other hand, Patrick Williams’ return is sure to improve the defense but Alex Caruso will need to up his offensive game even if he provides quality defense. Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu have not been as consistent as before and the Bulls need more from them.
The Clippers completed a stunning 25-points comeback versus the Jazz, beating them 121:115 as Paul George dropped 30+ points in his return.
This was the third time that the Clippers eked out a win after being down by 20+ points and that may spark some hope for the Clippers fans, their work is cut out. Suppose the team faces Minnesota Timberwolves in the Play-in tournament, wouldn’t they be going up against a much more effective lineup? That is why the return of Paul George is crucial because he can spark special possessions on both ends of the floor.
For the team to succeed in the Postseason, they will need Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson to figure it out and with the experience of Jackson, who indeed went for big nights during the last Playoffs, there is indeed hope for the Clippers. The bench looks deep with George returns as the Forward rotation of Batum and Covington, Center rotation of Zubac and Hartenstein, and the off-the-bench guard combo of Mann and Kennard, make for a strong roster but overall, the team will need Norman Powell to also return if they are to up the ante on the offensive end.
LA Clippers (8th spot in West) | Chicago Bulls (5th in East)
Games: 76 | 76
Wins: 37 | 44
Defeats: 39 | 22
Los Angeles Clippers Team News
Clippers Expected Starting Five
Big Forward: PF: Nicolas Batum
Wing SF: Marcus Morris Sr.
Middle: C: Ivica Zubac
Guards: SG: Paul George| PG: Reggie Jackson
BENCH: Terance Mann, Robert Covington, Luke Kennard, Isaiah Hartenstein, Amir Coffey.
Chicago Bulls News:
Bulls Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: DeMar DeRozan
Middle: C: Nikola Vucevic
Guards: PG: Alex Caruso | SG: Zach LaVine (Game-Time Decision) | PG: Ayo Dosunmu
BENCH: Troy Brown Jr, JaVonte Green Tyler Cook, Patrick Williams, Coby White, Tristan Thompson, Alfonzo McKinnie, Matt Thomas, Malcolm Hill, Marko Samonovic.
Two-way Shooting Guard Paul George has done a great job as the leader of the Clippers and the team completed a big comeback with his return. The Guard can be expected to be 22+ points, 4+ assists, and 4+ rebounds along with a 1+ steal range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-50
DeRozan has been getting it done as the off-guard who can score in bunches and the Bull’s win column is mostly affected by his production. He has mostly been in the 25+ points and 4+ rebounds range. He is usually a candidate for Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-45
Guard Reggie has been struggling these days and his shooting percentage and overall numbers are down. I guess a 14-19 points and 4-6 rebounds range can be expected.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-30
Center Nikola has been a major influence on the rebounding and scoring end but will need to up his intensity further with the season-closing soon. The Center has mostly been in 16-22 points and 9-13 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-40
Bench Center Isaiah has done a great job as an all-around player and has seen a rise in his minutes and production. He has mostly been in 12-16 points, 5-9 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Although Zach’s numbers are down(not by much though), the Guard plays a huge role in the starting role in the Bulls’ scheme. He has mostly been in 21-27 points and 3-4 rebounds range. He is a “Game-Time Decision”.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-40
(If LaVine plays)
PG: R Jackson, A Dosunmu
SG: Z LaVine, P George(PP)
SF: D DeRozan(SP)
PF: J Green
C: I Hartenstein, P Williams
(If LaVine doesn’t play)
PG: R Jackson
SG: P George(PP)
SF: D DeRozan(SP)
PF: T Tompson, J Green
C: N Vucevic, I Hartenstein, P Williams
Wouldn’t you like to watch Paul George and DeMar DeRozan engaging in an engrossing duel? In not the best piece of news for India-based NBA viewers, this game can’t be watched on streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot, the two official streaming services for viewers in India. Then how can you get this game? Go through the NBA League Pass and purchase the annual subscription (599 rupees per year) that provides you access to all live games while you also can watch the full game replay if you are not able to catch the live stream. To learn the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.