CLE vs CHI Dream11: COVID-19 is still raging and the injury list always looking to mount up during the long course of the season, the team depth of different squads will be tested. In this case, a depleted Chicago Bulls take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bulls have double more wins than losses while Cleveland is one game above the 50% win mark.
Cleveland has perhaps the most dominating frontline in terms of size and the squad plays 3 bigs from the Small Forward to the Center. With Darius Garland at the helm, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been playing some aspiring basketball and the bench players also have done their bit.
Chicago Bulls are much deeper than last season. Now even with DeRozan has been placed in the healthy & safety protocols, the team has scorers in LaVine, Vucevic, and Ball who are more than capable of picking up the slack. Chicago is emerging as a big-time squad in the Eastern Squad.
Host: Cleveland Cavaliers
Visitors: Chicago Bulls
Match Timing: 9 December, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cavaliers: Plays tough at both ends
With two athletic bigs patrolling the inside, the Cavs can cause a lot of ruptures on the defensive end. On the offensive end, the team has improved and can score 104-114 points more frequently than before. Darius Garland can go for big scoring nights and can also act as a superb playmaker. Love, Rubio, and Osman off the bench have also been instrumental for this team. But perhaps the play of starting Center Jarrett Allen has been the most productive as he has given 25+ points and 10+ rebounds during many nights.
Bulls: They have depth
Chicago extracts a lot out of the two off-guards in DeRozan and LaVine, who can both act as high-yielding isolation scorers. With DeRozan and Caruso out, LaVine can raise his scoring, Ball can do the same while even though Nikola Vucevic struggles at times shooting the ball, he can seal off opposing bigs and provide viable production. Chicago’s bench is running thin with so many players out but it isn’t a matter of panicking for the team with its extraordinary depth.
Chicago Bulls | Cleveland Cavaliers
Games: 25| 25
Wins: 17| 13
Defeats: 08| 12
Cleveland Cavaliers Team News
Cavaliers Expected Starting Five
Frontline: PF: Evan Mobley SF: Lauri Markkanen C: Jarrett Allen
Guards: SG: Isaac Okoro PG: Darius Garland
BENCH: Ricky Rubio,, Ed Davis, Tacko Fall, Kevin Love, RJ Nembhard Jr., Isaac Okoro, Cedi Osman, Kevin Pangos, Lamar Stevens, Denzel Valentine, , Dylan Windler.
Chicago Bulls News:
Bulls Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Derrick Jones Jr.
Middle: C: Nikola Vucevic
Guards: SG: Zach LaVine SG: Ayu Dosunmu PG: Lonzo Ball
BENCH: Troy Brown Jr., Tyler Cook, Alize Johnson, Matt Thomas, Devon Dotson, Marko Simonovic, Tony Bradley.
LaVine will have to take most of the scoring duties with DeRozan out of the fray. I think his points range will increase from 25-30 to 27-35 now. Zach LaVine is already averaging over 25 so that will not be a surprise at all.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 43-55
Jarrett Allen has had a huge impact this season at the Center position. He is having a career-best season and has scored 25 or more thrice and grabbed between 9-14 rebounds in each of the last five games. He is an option for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-52
Nikola Vucevic has expanded his offensive game and even though he struggles from the field at times, he can occupy the inside position and provides top-notch rebounding too. He can pitch in 18-25 points, 9-14 rebounds on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-48
Darius is carving out space as one of the best playmakers in the league and has been aggressive scoring-wise. He has scored 31 or more twice and dished 9 or more assists thrice in the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-35
With DeRozan out, you’d expect Lonzo to expand his scoring range as well, but Lonzo is more than a scorer. Ball can score in the 16-24 points range, dip in 6-10 rebounds, and 4-7 assists with a thinned-down lineup.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-47
Lauri Markkanen(CLE )
After shooting around 33% from the field during the beginning of the season, Markannen has raised his percentage to 40+. He has scored 15 or more thrice in the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-40
CLE vs CHI Dream11 Lineup Balancers
PG: L Ball, A Dosunmu
SG: Z LaVine(SP), D Garland
SF: C Osman
PF: K Love
C: J Allen(PP), N Vucevic
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