GSW vs DEN Dream11: NBA keeps expanding its fanbase and for a writer based in India, the journey of watching the league since 2010 has been a ride. Although I am more of an 80s styled basketball fan for many reasons, the current era has seen the rise of a new form of skillset, and well, each era has its own wonderful elements, isn’t it? Dating back to the days of springy and speedy Center Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, to the 70s-80s era of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with his hook, then the Olajuwon era back in the 80s-90s. Then the Shaq attack, Dwight’s athletic dominance. And talking about Centers, here we come to Nikola Jokic, who will lead the Denver Nuggets against the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors have been the team with the second-best record, and they have lodged 40 or more wins, only three of the squads so far to get to 40+ wins. The team has gotten back superstar Off-guard Klay Thompson and he has already lodged a 30+ points game. With Steph Curry at the helm, the Warriors look like they are on a mission.
On the other hand, the Nuggets have been battling hard and they have had a strong season since January especially. With Jokic around, they are able to get quality scoring, playmaking, and rebounding, and their current record would not have been possible without him. The Nuggets have been extremely short-handed with two of the star players out.
Host: Golden State Warriors
Visitors: Denver Nuggets
Match Timing: 17 February, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Chase Center
Warriors: They can be in the Finals!
Yeah, yeah, the Warriors have lost three out of the last four games, but so what! This happens to many teams during the long course of the season and well, the Warriors have still not figured out their new combinations and need the fit of Draymond Green, who will be needed down the line on the defensive end and for his overall skillset. They have a core of Curry, Green, Thompson, Looney, Poole, and Lee, players who have played together for years now and of course, Andrew Wiggins, who has been a transformative wing for this squad. This is what can make them unstoppable once the Playoffs arrive.
The Warriors have an incredible three-point shooting lineup with Curry, Thompson, and Poole, all three capable scorers, and shooters. They form one of the deepest guards combinations in the league. On the other hand, once Green returns, the Forward lineup of Wiggins, Porter Jr., and Green looks like a defensive nightmare. Apart from that, the Warriors’ ability to slow down the game and also turn it up is also huge. However, the team will need to figure out a way to get more playing time for Poole, I think a brief window of Curry and Poole at guard, Thompson, and Wiggins as wings and Green at the Center can be a way to go once Green returns. What a lineup that can be!
Nuggets: They can make some noise
The Nuggets may not look like a championship contender by any stretch but they have one huge weapon in their arsenal and that is Nikola Jokic. Someone who has always elevated his play during Playoff time. With Jokic, the Nuggets get tough inside scoring, someone who can shoot as well, while Jokic’s ability to push the ball and set-up teammates is huge when scoring is tougher during the Playoffs. Nikola’s rebounding will play a huge role as well and as long as he stays healthy, don’t sleep on the Nuggets, they can be a force. It is true that they have been weakened with injuries to Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray, but they can’t be taken lightly.
And for them to be not taken lightly, Aaron Gordon and Will Barton will have to combine for strong production come playoff time. Apart from them, Jeff Green will be crucial as a slasher and get those easy points close to the rim. Monte Morris who has been injured these days will be a huge huge factor with his ability to score from the perimeter and also act as a ball-handler. The bench is a concern but yes, rookie Bones Hyland has some promise as a shooter. The team does need more from Bryn Forbes and also JaMychal Green. But let us see, what combinations Nuggets figure as the season closes.
Denver Nuggets | Golden State Warriors
Games: 57| 58
Wins: 32 | 42
Defeats: 25 | 16
Golden State Warriors Team News
Warriors Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Andrew Wiggins | SF: Jonathan Kuminga
Middle: C: Kevon Looney
Guards: PG: Jordan Poole | PG: Stephen Curry
BENCH: Moses Moody, Otto Porter Jr., Damion Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Gary Payton II, Chris Chiozza, Nemanja Bjelica.
Denver Nuggets Team News
Nuggets Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: PF: Aaron Gordon| PF: Jeff Green| SF: Will Barton
Middle: C: Nikola Jokic
Guard: PG: Bones Hyland/Monte Morris(QUESTIONABLE)
BENCH: JaMychal Green, Bryn Forbes, DeMarcus Cousins, Austin Rivers, Davon Reed, Marcus Howard, Facundo Campazzo.
Nikola continues to pulverize opponents with his all-around game, leading his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. The Center has scored 20+, grabs 10+ rebounds, and dishes 6+ assists a game regularly. Jokic can be considered as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 49-61
Curry keeps on dipping in points and has also done a great job as an all-around Point Guard for a team that has been missing their major all-around player in Green. He has been scoring 24 or more while dishing 5+ assists and grabbing 5 or more rebounds regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-50
Will has been doing a wonderful job as an all-around wing for the Nuggets, also improving his scoring percentage this month. Barton has been scoring in the 13-17 points, grabbing 5-7 rebounds a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Wiggins has been doing a great job on both ends of the floor and has been turning it on for most parts. He has been scoring 17-23 points and grabbing 4 or more rebounds on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33
Aaron has been doing a great job at the big Forward position, forming a sturdy frontline pairing alongside Nikola Jokic. He has usually been in the 13-19 points and 6-9 rebounds range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35
Thompson has had some strong scoring games recently and he has spiked up his shooting despite coming in here after a 3/14 shooting night, he can heat up anytime. He has scored 21 or more in three of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-35
PG: S Curry(PP), B Forbes
SG: K Thompson, N Bones Hyland
SF: A Gordon
PF: J Green, J Kuminga
C: N Jokic(SP)
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Not the best news for Indian NBA fans and if you would like to catch Curry and Jokic go at it This match is unavailable on streaming services JIO TV and Voot , the two designated streaming platforms for viewers in India. So what can you do? You can then get into the NBA League Pass. If you purchase the annual subscription, you can get close to all live games plus you also can get the full game replay if you are to miss the live stream. For knowing the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.