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GSW vs CLE Dream11 Prediction NBA Live, Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers


GSW vs CLE Dream11: COVID-19 has once again managed to disrupt the rhythm of the world and well, the NBA, being a part of this very world has been hit too. But forget about that, this game is a sort of comeback party and as the Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, will be an “emotional night”. Why? Well, Klay Thompson last played in the 2019 NBA Finals and hasn’t played in more than 2 years on the big stage.

Anyway, he will hit the floor after a long time, as the Golden State Warriors will host the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors are one of the two best teams record-wise with 29 wins and just nine losses. On the other hand, the Cavaliers have won 22 games and have lost 17 games. What version of Klay will be seen here?

The Warriors look like one of the title favorites right now and when I look at the team depth, I see the team having every type of player which means this team has a lot of all-around players, defensive studs, isolation options, a team that can open up lanes due to their three-point shooting, in-between game, and the paint production as well.

The Cavaliers are a difficult team to deal with for one simple reason. They have a lot of length upfront. Perhaps they are the only team that can field four Forwards in the starting lineup and have two more coming off the bench. See, we will discuss aspect further in the section about the Cavaliers team description.

Host: Golden State Warriors
Visitors: Cleveland Cavaliers

Match Timing: 10 January, @ 07:00 AM
Venue: Chase Center

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Warriors: Klay is back and that is a major storyline for many reasons
Klay Thompson is one of the best shooters to ever play in the NBA and his defensive tools also make him one of the best two-way guards to play the game. However, he hasn’t played in over two years, and adjusting to the league’s pace can be tough. Still, for someone who has scored 20+ points per game and has made the best defensive teams in the league shake their heads, I believe Klay will figure it out soon. His return is not that easy to accommodate for coach Steve Kerr who will have to make a ton of roster adjustments. See, Jordan Poole and Gary Payton have played regular minutes at the guard position and while Poole has scored 16+ points regularly this season, Payton has been an exciting two-way threat and a fan favourite in the team. So, how will those minutes be adjusted? How many minutes will Klay play here? Still, with Curry, Klay, Wiggins, Green, Looney, Porter Jr., Poole, Iguodala, Payton II, Bjelica, Toscano-Anderson, Lee, and soon to be returning Wiseman, the Warriors look a scary scary outfit.

Cavaliers: Forwards galore!
Cavaliers love their bigs! The team features two Power Forwards and two Centers in the starting lineup, which is unheard of even in the Center-based eras during the 50s-70s era. With these Power Forwards/Centers, there are a couple of advantages, one, you get a size advantage on a nightly basis, and secondly, the potential for both defensive and offensive rebounding is high. Markkanen is more of a two-guard floor-stretcher and off-the-catch player at this point but of course, it is Darius Garland’s passing, shooting, and driving that has made this four-Forward/two Center lineup work. Off the bench, Kevin Love is another Power Forward who can shoot, drive, rebound, and defend at a high clip. With Cedi Osman, the team gets a reliable scorer off the bench and the new acquisition of Rondo to fill in for Rubio may work but we will see. Overall, the Cavaliers are obsessed with Power Forwards and I am highly interested to see how this works out in the long run.

Golden State Warriors | Cleveland Cavaliers

Games: 39| 39
Wins: 30| 22
Defeats: 09| 17

Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Golden State Warriors Team News

  • Klay Thompson will make his return after an absence of more than two years.
  • James Wiseman is OUT for the game
  • Juan Toscano-Anderson is QUESTIONABLE for the game

Warriors Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: SF: Andrew Wiggins PF: Draymond Green
Middle: C: Kevon Looney
Guards: SG: Klay Thompson           PG: Stephen Curry

BENCH: Nemanja Bjelica, Jordan Poole, Andre Iguodala, Juan Toscano-Anderson(QUESTIONABLE), Otto Porter Jr., Damion Lee, Jonathan Kuminga, Gary Payton II, Jeff Dowtin, Quindary Weatherspoon, Chris Chiozza.

Cleveland Cavaliers Team News

  • Collin Sexton is OUT for the game and will potentially miss the rest of the season.
  • Ricky Rubio is OUT for the game and probably for the season
  • Isaac Okoro is OUT here and will be gone long-term

Cavaliers Expected Starting Five
Frontline: PF: Evan Mobley SF: Lauri Markkanen C: Jarrett Allen F: LaMar Stevens
Guards: PG: Darius Garland

BENCH: Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, Cedi Osman, Dylan Windler, Ed Davis, RJ Nembhard Jr. Kevin Pangos.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Klay Thompson(GSW) will make his return after more than two years and it will be interesting to see how the superstar plays. Thompson has had multiple seasons with 20+ PPG and is one of the best defenders at the perimeter. What version of Klay will we see in this game?

Darius Garland(CLE)
Points: 09
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 04
Steals: 01
Darius has been playing his best basketball these days and even though he had a tough 3/12 shooting night versus the Warriors, the guard has scored in the 22-27 points and has dished 6-8 assists a game consistently. The guard can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-47

De’Aaron Fox (GSW)
Points: 14
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 02
Blocks: 01
Fox has been a stable offensive option for the Kings for some years now and his assists number is down as Haliburton has been doing the job as the major playmaker. Fox has scored 30 or more in three of the last four games. He usually figures in the 17-24 points and 5-6 assists a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-53

Jarrett Allen(CLE)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 01
Blocks: 02

Jarrett has been a force in the paint. With Allen around, you get tough rebounds, inside scoring, and he can also reject shots at a high clip. Jarrett has usually scored in the 13-19 points, grabbed 10-15 rebounds, and blocked 1-3 shots a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-42

Tyrese Haliburton(GSW)
Points: 17
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 09
Steals: 02
Blocks: 01

Haliburton has done an incredible job as the major playmaker for the Kings, especially since late December. Tyrese has been scoring in the 11-17 points range and dishing 7-12 assists a game regularly this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-42

Harrison Barnes(GSW)
Points: 13
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 02
Steals: 01
Blocks: 01

Harrison has been one of the more reliable scorers at the wing in the league for some seasons but this season has seen his production fall big time with each month. Barnes started with a 20+ points range, then it got reduced to 15-19 and right now, he is hovering in the 8-14 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-44

Evan Mobley(CLE)
Points: 11
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 02
Steals: 02
Blocks: 01
Warriors’ defense stifled Evan’s effort as the rookie committed 5 turnovers uncharacteristically. On average, the high-flying rookie has scrapped 15-19 points, 6-9 rebounds, and has blocked 1-4 shots a game on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-42


  • Buddy Hield(GSW ) had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in the last game. Hield has also seen his production fall as the midseason has approached, it has fallen from 16-22 to 8-13 range recently.
  • Alex Len(GSW ) had 16 points, 10 rebounds in the last game. He has scored 16 or more points in two straight games while grabbing 10 rebounds while usually has scored in 4-8 points and clasped 3-6 rebounds.
  • Lauri Markkanen(CLE) had 9 points,  6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in the last game. The big has usually scored in the 11-15 points range and has grabbed 5-7 rebounds a game.
  • Marvin Bagley(GSW ) had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block in the last game. He has usually scored in 6-14 points and grabbed 5+ rebounds a game regularly. But for someone touted as a big-time player during draft, these are not big numbers, will a change in scenery help him?
  • Davion Mitchell(GSW ) had 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game. Mitchell has been struggling on the offensive but he is a rookie, drafted for his defensive abilities.
  • Otto Porter Jr.(GSW) compiled 5 points, 7 rebounds in the last game. Otto has been up-and-down in terms of scoring but has grabbed 5+ rebounds in many games.
  • Cedi Osman(CLE) had 4 points, 3 rebounds in the last game. Cedi has been scoring in the 13-14 points range regularly these days off the bench.
  • Kevin Love(CLE) had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. Love has grabbed 7-11 rebounds per game and can score past 15 every now and then.
  • Rajon Rondo(CLE) had 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Rondo had a spectacular debut for the Cavaliers but the team would like him to shoot better than 22%.

GSW vs CLE Dream11 Team

PG: G Payton, R Rondo
SG: D Garland(SP)
SF: L Markkanen, A Wiggins
PF: D Green(PP), E Mobley
C:    J Allen

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Where to watch NBA Live Score?

Since VH1, MTV, Voot, and JIO TV are not going to show the game for the Indian viewers, the best way to catch this game is through the NBA League Pass. Forget the hassle of waiting for specific channels to showcase the game, just get the annual subscription of the NBA League Pass and have access to all games, both live, and full-game replays. To get the score, hop over to the official website of the NBA or just google the teams engaged in the matchup. For example “Warriors vs Cavaliers”.

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.