CHI vs WAS Dream11: COVID-19 has managed to wreak havoc once again in this already injury-plagued league. And that is why, the lineup predictions have become trickier than before but well, as long as the athletes are working their magic, I will relate the dynamics of the league and try to analyse how players and teams are doing.
Anyway, in this game, the Washington Wizards clash against the Chicago Bulls in a classic Eastern Conference battle. The Bulls have an impressive 25 wins and 10 losses, and winner of eight games in a row, totally in their mid-season form. On the other hand, the Wizards have 19 wins and 19 losses, still looking for a magical winning streak since the Early November period.
The Bulls have a lot of weapons to deploy and their guard rotation is one of the best in the league. The team has high-quality isolation scorers and they know how to seize momentum in the middle of a game. On the other hand, the Wizards don’t possess such depth despite having a high-yielding guard option in Beal but the issue has been that the bench depth hasn’t been the same and overall, the team has failed to close out games again and again.
Host: Chicago Bulls
Visitors: Washington Wizards
Match Timing: 8 January, @ 06:30 AM
Venue: United Center
Bulls: They are emerging as the Eastern Conference favorites but…
Give the ball to LaVine and DeRozan and see the offense flow freely. Both scorers can go past 25 on most nights and that too on high efficiency. DeRozan is having a season of his life and well, LaVine has been doing this for years now. Now, pair these two iso threats with Ball and Vucevic, and get two more 13+ points scorers who can hit open shots and also deploy various other moves. With Coby White as your backup, you get yet another 13+ points scorer and you can see how these teams have multiple scoring options at multiple positions. Once Alex Caruso returns, the Bulls will have even further depth and even better defense. However, can these Bulls keep their step up against teams like Nets and Heat, who have a wide arsenal too and well, Playoffs time can test this team. Still, things are looking sunshine and jolly for the Bulls fans.
Wizards: Not consistent
Washington has been plagued by one huge problem since the mid-November period, they haven’t finished games well, and often, they are playing catch-up. One of the reasons for that has been that their defense has worsened as the season has progressed and the team doesn’t have the similar offensive efficiency as someone like Bulls. Still there are some encouraging signs, Beal has scored 25+ in most games recently, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has done well, Kuzma has FINALLY turned it on for 21+ points outings, Gafford has been a decent contributor and Dinwiddie was recovering his rhythm before he got COVID-19. The team still needs to work a lot on defense and the ceiling is there but unlike the Bulls, they are not closing games well and not seizing momentum. Will Wizards remain a 50% win team or elevate to 60%? Well, let us see, the season has just reached the halfway stage!
Washington Wizards | Chicago Bulls
Games: 38| 35
Wins: 19| 25
Defeats: 19| 10
Chicago Bulls News:
Bulls Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Derrick Jones Jr. SG: DeMar DeRozan
Middle: C: Nikola Vucevic
Guards: SG: Zach LaVine PG: Lonzo Ball
BENCH: Coby White, Ayo Dosunmu, Troy Brown Jr, Alfonzo McKinnie, Matt Thomas, Devon Dotson, Mac McClung, Jordan Bell.
Washington Wizards Team News
Wizards Expected Starting Five
Frontline: PF: Kyle Kuzma C: Daniel Gafford
Guards: SG: Bradley Beal SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope PG: Spencer Dinwiddie
Bench: Alize Johnson, Raul Neto, Deni Advija, Montrezl Harrell(QUESTIONABLE), Davis Bertans(DOUBTFUL), Corey Kispert, Craig Sword, Isaiah Todd, Jamie Echenique, Jordan Goodwin, Joel Ayayi.
Bradley Beal (WAS)
After a significantly slower start to the season compared to prior seasons, the guard Beal has picked up his scoring. The guard has raised his early-season scoring of 17-23 to 27-36 signifying a huge growth. Beal can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 46-56
DeMar is one of the most clutch players in the league and he has hit some impressive game-winners. The Guard has dipped in a lot of high-scoring nights, scoring usually in the 28-29 range while dishing 5+ assists on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-49
Kyle is a primetime rebounder and has significantly upped his scoring in the last week or so. His recent production can propel the team to more wins but let us see if he keeps this up. The Forward has lodged at least 22 points in each of the last five games while grabbing rebounds in the 9-14 range in the last four contests,
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-47
Nikola has been doing a wonderful job of plugging in boards, scoring, and providing substantial defense at the Center position. He has scored in the 13-16 points and has grabbed 16 or more in four of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-46
Daniel has done an exceptional job of holding the fort at the Center position in absence of Thomas Bryant. Daniel has been great in paint and has also grabbed a ton of boards, scrapping 8-11 rebounds and generating 11-19 points in three of the last four games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35
LaVine is one of the most incredible scorers at the off-guard position, and after carrying the Bulls on his back for the past few seasons, the trio of Vucevic, Ball, and DeRozan has eased his load. The Guard has gotten past 25 points in many games this season, and a 25-35 points range is routine.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-44
PG: L Ball, R Neto
SG: C White
SF: K Caldwell-Pope, D DeRozan(SP)
PF: K Kuzma
C: N Vucevic(PP), D Gafford
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