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DEN vs PHX Dream11 Prediction NBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns

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DEN vs PHX Dream11: The Western Conference has been blessed with various brilliant teams, in the late 2010s, the Golden State Warriors were raiding multiple opponents while before that the Spurs reigned supreme. The Mavericks won in 2011 out of nowhere which implies that you never know which team can rise when. Before that, Kobe Bryant and Gasol-led Lakers reigned supreme, and in the 90s, the West was being denied chances by Michael Jordan. Whereas in the 80s, it was the showtime led by Magic Johnson, and we can go on and on. And will the Phoenix Suns be counted among these dynasties as they take on the Denver Nuggets?

The Nuggets have been doing a great job of keeping the fight alive courtesy of Center Nikola Jokic in the middle. They are in a tight race for the sixth spot versus the Timberwolves and the good news for them is that Michael Porter Jr. may return soon, which is bound to bolster the team’s average defense.

On the other hand, nothing about the Suns is average. They keep on making a mockery of the rest of the league and keep on expanding the bar. The best part about the recent wins has been that the squad has done so without their Floor General Chris Paul and there is no doubt that the stock of Phoenix scarily only keeps on rising.

Host: Denver Nuggets
Visitors: Phoenix Suns
Match Timing: 25 March, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Ball Arena

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Condition of the squads, Match-ups

Nuggets have a slight cushion: The Nuggets have managed to build some space against the Timberwolves when it looked like they will close in the sixth spot just a couple of days ago. Two losses in a row for Minnesota and the last game versus Clippers for the Nuggets has bettered the situation for Denver. This is a great sign with Michael Porter jr. returning soon and Jamal Murray also likely to make a comeback soon. So, how will the Nuggets capitalize upon the return of these two players if they seize the sixth spot at least?

The cushion for the Suns is rather too big: There is no doubt that the Suns will finish with the best record this season and they thoroughly deserve it. No team has been as dominant as them and the scary part is that the team has also figured out how to win without Paul. In the Playoffs, they can be even fiercer and the development of Mikal Bridges means that the last season’s Finalists have developed even further. Their ability to read the game and make adjustments is unparalleled by any other team this season and there are surely title favorites.

Match-ups Without a doubt, the most exciting match-up here is between Nikola Jokic and Deandre Ayton, Jokic has been on average in most of the aspects but Deandre plays a tough brand of defense and is coming off a 35 points night. On the other hand, Devin Booker and Cameron Payne can extract significant advantage in the backcourt against Monte Morris, Bones Hyland, and Austin Rivers. At wing, Mikal Bridges provides an advantage against a slightly wavering Barton while big Forward Aaron Gordon will have his work cut out versus Jae Crowder. Bench-wise, the Nuggets MAY have a slight edge but overall, the Suns seem to have an edge.

Denver Nuggets (6th in West) | Phoenix Suns (1st in West)
Games: 73 | 73
Wins: 43 | 59
Defeats: 30 | 14

Denver Nuggets vs Phoenix Suns NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Denver Nuggets Team News

  • JaMychal Green is PROBABLE for the game
  • Jamal Murray is OUT and he is practicing with the Nuggets’ G-League squad.
  • Michael Porter Jr. is OUT but he is highly likely to return in a few days.
  • Vlatko Cancar continues to be OUT and his time to return is indefinite
  • Zeke Nnaji is OUT for the game

Nuggets Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Jeff Green | SF: Will Barton
Middle: C PF: Aaron Gordon| C: Nikola Jokic
Guard: PG: Monte Morris

BENCH: Bones Hyland, JaMychal Green, Bryn Forbes, Austin Rivers, Davon Reed, Marcus Howard, Facundo Campazzo, Zeke Nnaji.

Phoenix Suns Team News

  • Dario Saric remains OUT for an indefinite period.
  • Frank Kaminsky is OUT and remains without a timetable for a comeback.
  • Chris Paul has been ruled OUT till this month at least.
  • Cameron Johnson is OUT for the game.
  • Gabriel Lundberg is OUT for the game

Suns Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: PF: Jae Crowder | SF: Mikal Bridges
Middle: C: Deandre Ayton
Guard: SG: Devin Booker | PG: Cameron Payne

BENCH: Elfrid Payton, Landry Shamet, Bismack Biyombo, Torrey Craig, Javale McGee, Aaron Holiday, Ismail Wainright.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Nikola Jokic(DEN)
Points: 30
Rebounds: 14
Assists: 06
Blocks: 03
Steals: 02

Center Jokic has gotten it done as a strong scorer, rebounder, and playmaker, consistently playing at a high level. He has mostly been in 26-31 points, 10-14 rebounds, and 5-9 assists range. He can be selected as a Star Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-72

Deandre Ayton(PHX)
Points: 35
Rebounds: 14
Assists: 03
Steals: 01
Center Ayton has gotten it done as someone who can finish in the interior, grab rebounds, and give quality defense regularly. He has mostly been in 19-23 points and 9-14 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-50

Aaron Gordon(DEN)
Points: 16
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 06
Blocks: 01
Gordon is due one of his 25+ points nights but he keeps bringing quality scoring and rebounding to the floor. Gordon has mostly been in 13-16 points and 4-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-30

Devin Booker(PHX)
Points: 28
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 07
Steals: 01

Since last season, Devin has had plenty of help around him, and the fact that he constantly scores 26 or more is barely a surprise. He has mostly been in 26-31 points, 5-8 assists, and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-51

Monte Morris(DEN)
Points: 15
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 05
Guard Monte has been able to be effective from the perimeter both as a shooter and as a playmaker. He has been a bit up-and-down but has mostly been in 10-15 points and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-28

Mikal Bridges(PHX)
Points: 16
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 03
Steals: 01
Wing Bridges has gotten it done as a two-way player who has hit huge strides this season and taken up his game. He has mostly been in 16-23 points, 3-6 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks/steals range
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-36

DEN vs PHX DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

    • Cameron Payne(PHX) had 13 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game. Guard Payne deserves full credit to fill up the Chris Paul-sized hole as the playmaker. He has mostly been in 9-13 points and 7-11 assists range.
    • Bones Hyland(DEN) had 16 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds in the last game. Guard Bones has been playing some of his best basketball recently, figuring in 16-17 points and 3-6 assists range.
    • Jae Crowder(PHX) had 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks in the last game. Crowder is one of the best defenders at the big-Forward position. He has mostly been in 5-9 points, 3-5 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks/steals range.
    • Will Barton(DEN) had 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Guard Will’s production has been down a bit recently and he has been mostly in 8-10 points and 4-7 rebounds lately.
    • Jeff Green(DEN) had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. Wing Green has been a factor as an athletic Forward who can graze the rim more often than not. He has mostly been in 7-12 points range this season
    • DeMarcus Cousins(DEN) had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block in the last game. Center Cousins has been doing a great job backing up Jokic, mostly being in 8-12 points and 4-5 rebounds these days.
    • Landry Shamet(PHX) had 19 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block in the last game. Guard Landry has been doing a great job of lifting the Suns offense off the bench. He has scored 14-21 points in the last three games.
    • Torrey Craig(PHX) had 5 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists in the last game. Forward Craig has done well as a backup Forward, mostly being in 5-6 points and 5-9 rebounds range.
    • JaMychal Green(DEN) had 2 points, 1 rebound in the last game. JaMychal has done well as the backup PF, mostly being in 4-7 points and 3-6 rebounds range.
    • Austin Rivers(DEN) had 11 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block in the last game. Rivers has done well recently, usually being in 8-11 points and 2-4 assists range.

    DEN vs PHX Dream11 Lineup

    (Team 1- Much recommended)
    PG: C Payne

    SG: D Booker(PP), N Bones Hyland
    SF: A Rivers
    PF: J Crowder, T Craig
    C: N Jokic(SP), D Ayton

    Where to watch NBA Live Score?

    Wouldn’t it be fun to see all-around Center Nikola Jokic go up against the physicality of Deandre Ayton? In a wonderful piece of news for an Indian NBA fan, this game can be viewed on streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot. However, there are four other games that will take place, and wouldn’t you wanna have a look at them? So to watch the game or get a bunch of other matches is by going through the NBA League Pass. Go through Pass and purchase the annual subscription, that provides you access to all live games, and, you can also catch the full game replay if you miss the live stream. To learn the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.

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.