DAL vs DEN Dream11: In this game, two top-notch defensive squads in the Western Conference clash against each other. Here, Luka Doncic-led Dallas Mavericks host the Nikola-Jokic driven Denver Nuggets. Mavericks have twice number of wins than losses while Denver Nuggets have also done a superb job at winning this season through their elite defense.
Dallas has exceeded expectations after not making any major moves in the offseason. With Luka Doncic in the backcourt, the team is able to piece together a fighting scoring squad. Porzingis at PF has regained a bit of his old old steam, Tim Hardaway is an iso specialist while Dorian Finney-Smith is a banger on defense. Jalen Brunson has also been exceptional off the bench. Nuggets are grappling with injuries to major players in Murray and Porter Jr. But Nikola Jokic has again been the steam engine while Barton has elevated his game on both sides of the floor. Morris provides some much-needed perimeter shooting while Aaron Gordon is a big presence at the Forward spot. Jeff Green and JaMychal Green are able to chip in every now and then.
Host: Dallas Mavericks
Visitors: Denver Nuggets
Match Timing: 16 November, @ 06:30 AM
Venue: American Airlines Arena
Mavericks: Pulling strings on defense
Mavericks are in the bottom ten in terms of scoring around 104 PPG but their defense enables them to remain competitive. The team allows 106 PPG and the net difference of -1.5 is due to a host of close games and some blowout losses early. The Mavericks do have some depth issues but the team has done much better due to some timely contributions by players like Jalen Brunson and Kristaps Porzingis. Can Dallas get away with their depth issues throughout the season?
Nuggets: Best defense in the league
Nuggets have held opponents under 100 points in nine of the thirteen games so far. They are indeed the best defensive team in the league and have covered up their lack of depth on offense through some typical grit and ground defense. Denver has been inspirational in terms of how they have coped with the loss of Jamal Murray and how they managed to find their way.
Denver Nuggets | Dallas Mavericks
Games: 13| 12
Wins: 09| 08
Defeats: 04| 04
Dallas Mavericks Team News
Mavericks Expected Starting Five
SF: Dorian Finney-Smith PF: Kristaps Porzingis C: Dwight Powell
SG: Tim Hardaway PG: Luka Doncic
BENCH: Moses Brown, Trey Burke, Willie Cauley-Stein, Boban Marjanovic, JaqQuori McLaughlin, Frank Ntilikina, Eugene Omoruyi, Reggie Bullock, Tyrell Terry.
Denver Nuggets Team News
PF: Aaron Gordon SF: Jeff Green C: Nikola Jokic
SG: Will Barton PG: Monte Morris
BENCH: PJ Dozier, Austin Rivers, Bol Bol, Markus Howard, Zeke Nnaji, Petr Cornelie, , Davon Reed, Matt Ryan, Nah’shon Hyland.
Nikola Jokic (DEN)
Jokic has shown the NBA world why he is the reigning MVP after becoming a better defender. The Center is a perennial triple-double threat and for fantasy lovers, an ideal choice because of his top-notch production//
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-69
Luka continues to be an MVP-level player in the league. He leads the Mavs in points, assists, and rebounds which says enough about him. Doncic has clinched 12 rebounds, 10 or more assists, 30+ points twice in the last five games. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range 49-68
Monte Morris (DEN)
Monte Morris has been a great presence at the thinned-down perimeter position contributing through his shooting and defense. He is averaging 11.2 PPG, 1.4 SPG for the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-38
Kristaps Porzingis (DAL)
Is Kristaps back to his old ways after an underwhelming end to last season and a so-so start in the first few games? He has scored 21 or more thrice in the last five games while grabbing between 7-12 rebounds four times in that window.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
Dorian Finney-Smith (DAL)
Dorian Finney-Smith earns his value on both ends of the floor, giving this team a heart and hustle energy. He is averaging 2.2 SPG in the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-31
What Gordon does is have an impact beyond stat sheets. He is one of the most athletic players in the league and his ability to switch on players makes the Nuggets a more formidable offensive unit.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-28
PG: M Morris, L Doncic(PP)
SG: J Brunson
SF: P Dozier, D Finney-Smith, R Bullock
PF: J Green
C: N Jokic(SP)