CLE vs UTA Dream11:This promises to be an exciting encounter as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Utah Jazz. Cleveland is three games over the 50% win mark and is on a four-game winning streak while the Jazz is eight games above the 50% win mark and have won three games in a row. Who will stop whose streak here?
Cavaliers have done better than expected especially after losing Sexton. Ironically, the team’s passing seems to have improved ever since Sexton has been out and on the offensive side, Cleveland has been hugely impressive. I will outline more reasons for their success in the subsequent sections.
Utah has double more wins than losses and that is not a surprise. The team had the best record in the league last season and the squad has returned with pretty much the same core. Jazz is one of the deepest and versatile units out there.
Host: Cleveland Cavaliers
Visitors: Utah Jazz
Match Timing: 6 December, @ 02:00 AM
Venue: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Cavaliers: Garland factor, three-big frontline
In the so-called “pace and space” era and “small ball” style game, you’d laugh at the Cavs for fielding three bigs in the starting lineup. The Cavs have Mobley, Allen, and Markkanen whose height span around 6 feet 10 inches or so, players who are all labeled as either Center or Power Forward. The Cavaliers get the size, helping to scoop rebounds, long hands in terms of defense, and these three players have been instrumental so far. With Garland running the point, all these bigs have to do is carve out space inside in the case of Allen and Mobley and usually around the perimeter for Lauri. Cavs have played some inspirational basketball lately and their “unique” experiment of three bigs has worked.
Jazz: Oppositions must envy the team balance
When you insert a superb iso scorer, three knockdown shooters, and someone who can finish in the paint, you are going to thrive in the space and pace era. With Conley at point, Mitchell at off-guard, Bogdanovic and Neale at the wing, and Gobert in the middle, that is exactly what the Jazz has done. Now, if you take into the bench mob of Clarkson, Ingles, Gay, and Whiteside, you get four players who were former starters in the league, and thus, Utah also presents an incredible balance as Clarkson, Ingles, and Gay are also capable shooters from outside.
Utah Jazz | Cleveland Cavaliers
Games: 22| 23
Wins: 15| 13
Defeats: 07| 10
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.
Utah Jazz Team News
Jazz Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Bojan Bogdanovic
Frontline: PF: Royce O’Neale C: Rudy Gobert
Guards: SG: Donovan Mitchell PG: Mike Conley
Utah Jazz Bench: Joe Ingles, Elijah Hughes, Hassan Whiteside, Eric Paschall, Malik Fitts, Macio Teague, Udoka Azubuike, Jordan Clarkson, Trent Forrest, Miye Oni, Jared Butler, Rudy Gay.
Mitchell provides the tune that the Jazz offense needs on a nightly basis. He has scored 30 or more in the last two games while also dishing five or more assists. He is averaging around 24 points for the season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-44
Darius Garland(CLE )
Ever since the injury to Collin Sexton, Darius has raised his game to a new level. He has compiled at least 16 points in each of the last five games while handing over 9 assists or more thrice in that window.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-52
Gobert is an indispensable player at the Center spot. What can you expect from him? 12-20 points, 10-15 rebounds, and 2-5 blocks during most games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-50
Jarrett Allen(CLE )
Allen is one fire these days and has played like an elite Center for sure. The impressive big has scored 25 or more thrice in the last five games and grabbed at least 11 rebounds in each of the last five encounters. He has also blocked 2 or more shots thrice in that window. He is an option for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 44-56
Conley can’t be evaluated on the basis of raw statistics alone, his impact is deep when it comes to making the Jazz a winning outfit. The guard has breached the 20 points mark twice in the last three games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-41
Lauri Markkanen(CLE )
After a slow shooting start to the season, Lauri has figured out his offense this season. The Forward has scored 14 or more in four of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-30
CLE vs UTA Dream11 Lineup Balancers
PG: D Mitchell(PP)
SG: J Ingles, I Okoro, D Garland
SF: L Markkanen
PF: R Gay
C: R Gobert, J Allen(SP)
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