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DAL vs DEN Dream11 Prediction NBA Live, Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Dallas Mavericks vs Denver Nuggets


DAL vs DEN Dream11: COVID-19 has been keeping many players at bay and thus, the league has allowed more flexibility to allow multiple players on the ten-day deals, and the relaxed quarantine rules have also helped the matters. And as long as the league and its athletes keep striving, so will the readers and writers of the association will keep on associating with it.

Anyway, in this game, the Dallas Mavericks take on the Denver Nuggets in a prototypical Western Conference battle. The Mavericks just got their ace Luka Doncic back after a ten-game absence and have played some gritty basketball. Meanwhile, the Nuggets have relied upon their ace Nikola Jokic for most of the damage but some role players have escalated their play lately.

There is the philosophy of “Winner takes All” with which I wholly disagree. There are NBA teams who have never won an NBA championship but still does it mean that they have no right to exist? There is the Dallas Mavericks team that has fought and battled hard and despite an 18 wins and 18 losses record, they have kept their tails up ever against elite teams.

On the other hand, the Denver Nuggets have played much better basketball past the mid-December window. They have 18 wins and losses, and they have caught up after falling behind the 50% win mark earlier. This is largely due to role players like Aaron Gordon, Monte Morris, Will Barton, and Facundo Campazzo providing great balance game in and game out.

Host: Dallas Mavericks
Visitors: Denver Nuggets

Match Timing: 4 January, @ 07:00 AM
Venue: American Airlines Center

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Mavericks: Luka is back!
When Doncic was gone, the biggest issue for the Mavericks was closing out games after remaining close all contest long. This singular issue could have helped them secure a 22-14 record instead of an 18-18 record as of now. Doncic is superb at hitting late-game shots and putting more pressure on the opposition. The Mavericks offensive and defensive schemes are solid, they are well-coached and the combination of Doncic, Porzingis, Brunson, and Hardaway Jr. gives them four solid inside and outside players. The Mavericks have superb defenders in Bullock, Finney-Smith, and Powell while the play of replacement player Marquisse Chriss has been no less impressive. Overall, the Mavericks may not have that much depth at wing or off-guard but they have a solid-looking lineup that can hold down both ends regularly.

Nuggets: Different players have aided Jokic
Earlier in the season, I constantly lamented the lack of support from other players to Jokic especially with defensive stalwart Michael Porter Jr. down with an injury. However, Monte Morris and Facundo Campazzo first stepped up to fill the void of Jamal Murray to a certain extent while Aaron Gordon showed immense improvements in terms of scoring compared to earlier in the season. The bench is suspect at times with little to no depth in the frontline but the team has battled on, riding the prime accumulation of their Superstar Center Nikola Jokic. It is true that Nikola has continued to shoulder the major load but one other thing is also true, the Nuggets have found different actors who have stepped up their game and with Will Barton acting as the second playmaker apart from Jokic, if the Nuggets fix the defensive end, they will win 63-67% of their upcoming games(IN MY HUMBLE OPINION).

Denver Nuggets | Dallas Mavericks

Games: 34| 36
Wins: 18| 18
Defeats: 16| 18

Dallas Mavericks vs Denver Nuggets NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Dallas Mavericks Team News

  • Isaiah Thomas, Brandon Knight, Boban Marajanovic, Trey Burke, JaQuori McLaughlin, are in COVID-19 protocols.
  • Willie Cauley-Stein has been OUT for a long time

Mavericks Expected Starting Five
Stretch-Fours: PF: Dorian Finney-Smith    PF: Kristaps Porzingis
Middle: C: Dwight Powell
Guards: PG: Jalen Brunson                           PG: Luka Doncic

BENCH: Reggie Bullock, Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber, Moses Brown, Marquise Chriss, Theo Pinson, George King, Sterling Brown, Josh Green, Carlik Jones.

Denver Nuggets Team News

  • Jamal Murray is yet to recover from his injury. He is going to be OUT for this game and has been out for a long time.
  • Michael Porter Jr.remains OUT and he will most likely miss all season due to back surgery
  • PJ Dozier has been ruled OUT indefinitely.
  • Zeke Nnaji, Jeff Green, Bones Hyland are in COVID-19 protocols
  • Vlatko Cancar is PROBABLE for the game.
  • Marcus Morris is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
  • Markus Howard is OUT due to an ankle sprain.

Nuggets Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: PF: Aaron Gordon      SF: Will Barton
Middle: C: Nikola Jokic
Guards:   SG: Austin Rivers(PROBABLE) PG: Facundo Campazzo

BENCH: Petr Cornelie, Vlatko Cancar, Davon Reed, Matt Ryan, Rayjon Tucker, Petr Cornelie, Carlik Jones, JaMychal Green.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Luka Doncic(DAL)
Points: 14
Rebounds: 09
Assists: 09
Steals: 01
Doncic returned after missing ten games or so and once again, he stuffed the stat-sheet. The Guard has plugged in 20-25 points, 8-12 rebounds, and 8-12 assists a game regularly this season. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-55

Nikola Jokic(DEN)
Points: 24
Rebounds: 11
Assists: 03
Blocks: 01

Nikola is the current MVP of this league and he certainly is the MVP of this Nuggets team as he has continued to carry a heavy load. The Center has figured in the 20+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 6+ assists range throughout the season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 45-67

Jalen Brunson(DAL)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 07
Steals: 01

Jalen has been in prime touch this season and his ability to score and dish assists makes him a terrific option at the guard position. Brunson has dipped in 12-19 points and gives away 6-9 assists a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-37

Will Barton(DEN)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 06
Steals: 02
Blocks: 01

Will “The Thrill” has been showcasing his all-around skills throughout the season even if scoring has gone down. The Guard was scoring in the 17-23 points range earlier but it has reduced to 11-14 points now, although he is getting 4-6 rebounds and 4-6 assists a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-36

Dorian Finney-Smith(DAL)
Points: 10
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 01
Steals: 01
Dorian has scored at least 10 points each game for the last nine games and his rebounding and assists range has been increased too. The Forward has scored in the 10-14 points, has grabbed 3-9 rebounds and dished 1-6 assists a game these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-33

Aaron Gordon(DEN)
Points: 16
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 01
Steals: 01
Blocks: 01
Aaron has been a great option at the big Forward position who has raised his scoring level with key offensive options out. The Forward has been in the 13-18 points and 4-7 rebounds range since late November.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33


  • Facundo Campazzo(DEN) had 22 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds 5 steals, 2 blocks in the last game. The last game’s numbers are not the norm. He has scored in the 5-8 points and dished 5-8 assists during most games this season.
  • Austin Rivers(DEN) had 7 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists in the last game. Rivers has usually scored in the 6-9 range this season
  • JaMychal Green(DEN) had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists in the last game. He usually scores in the 6-9 points range regularly.
  • Tim Hardaway Jr.(DAL) had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists in the last game. He has scored in the 14-18 points range when Luka has been around.
  • Vlatko Cancar(DEN) had 11 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist1 block in the last game. Cancar is getting minutes due to multiple absentees.
  • Davon Reed(DEN)had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Reed has usually scored in the 4-7 range this season.
  • Bol Bol(DEN) compiled 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game.Bol Bol doesn’t play many minutes, don’t expect 10+ points or even close for most games.
  • Dwight Powell(DAL) had 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game. The above statline is what the Center usually acquires regularly.
  • Marquisse Chriss(DAL) had 15 points, 7 rebounds in the last game. Hard to believe that this talented big has been away from the NBA action, he is too talented and has scored 9-15 points regularly as a short-term contract player.
  • Reggie Bullock(DAL) had 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block in the last game. Bullock scores in the 5-9 points range usually, primarily a defensive option.

DAL vs DEN Dream11 Team

PG: L Doncic(PP), F Campazzo
SG: W Barton
SF: D Finney-Smith
PF: R Bullock, M Chriss
C:. N Jokic(SP), D Powell

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Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.