DEN vs MEM Dream11: Soon we will head to the NBA Playoffs but before that, we have a decent chunk of games remaining and plenty at stake for many teams. The Western Conference has seen the Phoenix Suns establish their supremacy and there has been no team that has been able to come even close. But the Memphis Grizzlies can say they have been the closest, currently in the second spot. Here they will visit the Denver Nuggets, a team that has hopes pinned on Nikola Jokic.
The Grizzlies will be entering the Playoffs with high confidence and one of the major reasons for that has been their ability to nab wins even without their leading scorer and assists per game leader Ja Morant. One of the prime reasons for that has been the emergence of Desmond Bane and some terrific defensive plays by Jaren Jackson and Steven Adams.
On the other hand, as I stated earlier, the Nuggets pin most of their hopes on Nikola Jokic. The Center is having another MVP-level season and thanks to him, the Nuggets have been able to remain in the Playoffs seating. Scorers like Morris and Barton will need to pick up their offense before the Postseason arrives.
Host: Denver Nuggets
Visitors: Memphis Grizzlies
Match Timing: 8 April, @ 06:30 AM
Venue: Ball Arena
The Nuggets will enter the game after a disappointing 97:116 loss to the Spurs despite 41 points and 17 rebounds performance by Nikola Jokic
The Nuggets have been staying in the sixth ranking because of their ability to win against below 50% win teams and the team improved their play since January. I have already mentioned the vast role of Jokic in making this squad this competitive and he has taken over games repeatedly, only increasing his scoring production since March. This is not a surprise considering how great Jokic has played in the Playoffs over the years.
Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray still remain out so the offensive impetus largely hinges upon Will Barton, Aaron Gordon, and Monte Morris. Gordon has been the most consistent among the three but the scoring balance has been a bit erratic for the Nuggets. They are not an elite defensive team, by no means below-average, but yes, without Michael Porter Jr., that end will be tough to hold during the Postseason.
The Grizzlies gave another strong fight losing to the Jazz 115:121 in Overtime despite Jaren Jackson’s 28 points night
The Grizzlies are stacked with talent and although some bookmakers are giving them a low chance to pull off a championship compared to the likes of Bucks, Suns, Heat, and Warriors, they are all by means of the title contention. I won’t be surprised if they manage to bring in a championship, why? They run the floor hard, have been blessed with lengthy and athletic defenders, know how to box out and collect boards, have elite three-point shooting, has tremendous finishing abilities while there is no shortage of playmakers.
Ja Morant’s return status is still up in the air but hey, who cares about that! (Not downplaying his importance). The unit of Bane, Jones, Brooks, Jackson, Adams, Melton, Clarke, Williams, Anderson, and Konchar has gotten it done regardless and the team has rather picked up the game even more without him. The scoring balance is terrific during most nights, the ball is moving in the right directions, the lanes are filled, the outside shot is working, and on defense, woosh, one bad pass and you can lose the momentum against them! Trust me, the Grizzlies are too motivated this season!
Memphis Grizzlies (2nd in West) | Denver Nuggets (6th in West)
Games: 79 | 79
Wins: 55 | 46
Defeats: 24 | 33
Denver Nuggets Team News
Nuggets Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Jeff Green (QUESTIONABLE) | SF: Will Barton
Middle: C PF: Aaron Gordon| C: Nikola Jokic
Guard: PG: Monte Morris / SG: Austin Rivers(If Jeff Green misses out)
BENCH: Bones Hyland, JaMychal Green, Bryn Forbes, Austin Rivers, Davon Reed, Marcus Howard, Facundo Campazzo, Zeke Nnaji.
Memphis Grizzlies News
Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Dillon Brooks (QUESTIONABLE)
Frontline: PF: Jaren Jackson Jr | C: Steven Adams
Guards: SG: Desmond Bane | PG: Tyus Jones / SG: Ziarie Williams (If Brooks misses out)
BENCH: Brandon Clarke, DeAnthony Melton, John Konchar, Kyle Anderson, Xavier Tillman, Santi Aldama, Jarrett Culver.
Center Nikola has been one of the frontrunners for the MVP award, leading the team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. He has mostly been in 28+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 3+ assists range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 43-60
Bane has been a terrific offensive player and has kept the scoring end afloat without Ja Morant. The sharpshooter has mostly been in 21-25 points and 1+ steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-48
Power Forward Aaron has been a brilliant scorer alongside Nikola Jokic and has also supplied rebounding. He has mostly been in 18-21 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 1-2 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-38
Jaren Jackson Jr.(MEM)
Power Forward Jaren has been in foul trouble but when he is on the floor, his impact can be felt on both ends of the floor. He has mostly been in 13-16 points, 5-7 rebounds, and 2-4 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-40
Off-guard Will has been up-and-down offensively but does a lot more than just scoring, performing an important role as the defender. He has mostly been in 14-18 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 21-32
Center Adams has elevated his playmaking, forming a potent offensive partnership with Bane while being an elite offensive rebounder and a strong defender. He has mostly been in 4-8 points, 9-13 rebounds, 2-6 assists, and 1-3 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
PG: T Jones
SG: N Bones Hyland
SF: A Gordon, D Bane(PP)
PF: Z Williams
C: N Jokic(SP), J Jackson, S Adams
Can Nikola Jokic fend off the highly irritating young Grizzlies that can force a ton of turnovers? If you are an NBA viewer in India, this match can’t be seen on the TV channels MTV and VH1. Meanwhile, streaming platforms Voot and JIO TV are not going to stream the game. This is a problem with these services that show one game per day, and if you want to watch multiple games at the same time, purchase the annual subscription of the NBA League Pass. To know the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the NBA.