DET vs NYK Dream11: The NBA is steadily heading towards the Playoffs timeline and we have seen some exciting battles throughout the season. As a writer who covers all the 30 teams, I don’t consider any team “bad” per say because we are talking about professional athletes here. With the teams that are losing a lot, there is a lot of young talent that can be witnessed and it is actually a pleasant experience to see these players grow on a daily basis. The grind of the NBA makes for tough basketball talents who have to deal with one of the most tenuous schedules in professional sports. And to add to the schedule, two Eastern Conference squads in the Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks will clash here.
The Pistons have been one of the bottom-ranked teams but their play has been impressive since the All-star break. The team has at least made sure that they don’t get blown out and they seem to be building something special. Dave Bing, the former Pistons great suggested that the Franchise still needs a face to build around, is he right or is Cade Cunningham the answer?
On the other hand, the Knicks have been performing below expectations for most parts but the young unit recently pulled out some impressive wins, especially one against the elite Heat. However, their road to the Play-in tournament is still far away and at this point, they are most likely going to see their season end before the tournament.
Host: Detroit Pistons
Visitors: New York Knicks
Match Timing: 28 March, @ 01:00 AM
Venue: Little Caesars Arena
Pistons: They have a base
While the Pistons record suggests that they are far from a strong team, the management must be pleased to see the play of Cade Cunningham recently. The rookie Guard has showcased the all-around talent and had he been this consistent in the first half of the season, he may have ended up with the Rookie of the Year Award, he is still climbing the ladder at a quick pace. On the other hand, Jerami Grant also helped the team achieve much more cohesion on both ends after recovering from injury. Saddiq Bey is a promising three-point shooter and if he is pitched alongside a better shooting unit, he can take his game to the next level. Killian Hayes is still struggling with his offense during the second season but he has also shown a ton of promise, especially as a perimeter defender. While Isaiah Stewart is not an assertive offensive player, he has led the team in rebounding and has shown the ability to play both inside and outside defense.
Knicks: A strange season
The Knicks finished the East in the fourth position last season. They brought Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier as the two guards, but the Walker experiment failed miserably and the guard was shut down for the rest of the season with a decent number of games remaining. Fournier has knocked a bunch of triples down but he is not the same offensive player as he was with the Magic. On the other hand, both Julius Randle and RJ Barrett are highly talented youngsters but have been careless with their shot selection at times. Immanuel Quickley and Alec Burks both had been highly inconsistent shooting-wise earlier but have improved, however, it seems to be too late now. Mitchell Robinson’s development was hinged by an injury before but he can still be a solid rebounder and paint defender. Meanwhile, Obi Toppin has a lot of promise at the Power Forward position but perhaps he will need a more playmaking-oriented Point Guard to be more successful. Time has run out for the Knicks to make a run for the Play-in tournament.
Detroit Pistons (14th in East) | New York Knicks (11th in East)
Games: 74| 74
Wins: 24 | 32
Defeats: 50 | 42
Detroit Pistons Team News
Pistons Expected Starting Five
Big Forward: PF: Marvin Bagley III
Wing: SF: Saddiq Bey
Middle: C: Isaiah Stewart
Guards: SG: Cade Cunningham| PG: Cory Joseph
BENCH: PF: Marvin Bagley III, Saben Lee, Jamaro Pickett, Isaiah Livers, Luka Garza
New York Knicks Team News
Knicks Expected Starting Five
Middle: C: Mitchell Robinson/ Obi Toppin/ Jericho Sims| PF: Julius Randle (Game-Time Decision)
Guards: SG: Alec Burks | SG: Evan Fournier | SG: RJ Barrett
BENCH: Immanuel Quickley, Miles McBride, Taj Gibson, Ryan Arcandiano, Quinten Grimes, HJericho Sims.
Cunningham has drawn comparisons to former Nets great Jason Kidd due to his all-around play but he has a long way to go as the rookie. The talented Guard has mostly been in 17-23 points, 7-10 assists, and 6-7 rebounds range. He can be considered as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-43
Randle has missed a few games recently due to injury and even with his numbers down compared to last season, he is a huge factor on the rebounding, scoring, and defensive end. The rugged Forward has usually been in 18-26 points, 9-12 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range. He is a “Game Time Decision”.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-46
RJ has the tendency to rush his shots a bit but still, the youngster has shown the ability to become an All-Star level shotcreator. He has mostly been in 24 points, 6-8 rebounds, and 3-4 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-42
Marvin Bagley III(DET)
Bagley has found a more than decent rhythm playing for the Kings and has had a brilliant impact as the inside and mid-range scorer. The Forward has mostly been in 13-15 points and 5-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
Unless the Knicks acquire a star-level or a high-yielding Point Guard next season, sharpshooter and Knicks’ fan-favorite Immanuel can claim that starting spot. He has mostly been in 15-17 points and 3-5 assists range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
Center Isaiah has been developing into a reliable defender, big-time rebounder, and has given decent production in the middle. He has mostly been in 8-12 points and 10-13 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-26
(If Randle doesn’t play)
PG: A Burks, C Cunningham(SP)
SG: I Quickley
SF: R Barrett(PP), O Toppin
PF: M Bagley, S Bey
C: I Stewart
(If Randle plays)
PG: C Cunningham(SP)
SG: I Quickley
SF: R Barrett(PP), O Toppin
PF: J Randle, M Bagley, S Bey
C: I Stewart
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