GSW vs DEN Dream11: Guess what, the NBA Playoffs are here and the intensity will rise. The intensity already increased during the Play-in tournament and we see the average scores of every team fall down dramatically. Defenses are more focused in the Playoffs considering it is a “do-or-die” battle here and losses can mean elimination. And let us see how the two teams Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets respond to this scenario.
The Warriors have been a mystery in the second half of the season. They did finish the season on a high but got exposed on both ends of the floor multiple times. However, they have a core that has been through the Playoffs motions earlier and the return of Stephen Curry is bound to fill the team with more confidence.
On the other hand, the Nuggets are being carried by the wide back of Nikola Jokic. He has had to put on big-time performances time and time again. The team lacks the depth to be a title squad but Jokic is known to take his game to another level during the Playoffs. Can the Nuggets put a jolt in the Warriors’ carriage here?
Host: Golden State Warriors
Visitors: Denver Nuggets
Match Timing: 17 April, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: Chase Center
Difference in depth
There is a vast difference in-depth when it comes to the Warriors and the Nuggets. Michael Porter Jr., the ace defender, and Jamal Murray, the team’s leading scoring guard, both have been sidelined for the Nuggets for the Playoffs, and that leaves them with a unit that gelled well throughout the season. However, this unit has been plagued by inconsistencies and they got away with it during the Regular Season because Jokic was able to put away below 50% win teams, however, the Postseason is a different story.
Draymond Green’s rhythm has recovered to some extent for the Warriors and he will most likely draw the assignment of Jokic. Green surely ups his defense further in the Postseason and he will make Nikola work hard. However, the difference in size and the versatility of Jokic’s offensive game will still give the Nuggets an edge in the middle. The Warriors will need to take care of the rebounding end and also shut off passing lanes for Jokic here.
Around Jokic, Aaron Gordon has perhaps been the most consistent scorer and at the big Forward position, if Jokic keeps Green busy, he will have his open shots, and remember Jokic can pass from tough angles so he will see the ball in his hands quite a bit. However, Will Barton and Monte Morris will need to nail their shots because on the other hand, they will have to deal with Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole, both high-scoring guards, and this guard-wing match-up becomes further tricky for the Nuggets considering the Warriors also have a stable scoring option, Andrew Wiggins.
The Warriors’ bench looks deeper as Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton bring a ton of defensive force while Otto fits well in the small-ball scheme as a rebounder. I haven’t come to Curry yet because he can be on a minutes restriction but in the end, he is a match-up nightmare, a tough defender who can also nail tough jumpers while also having a lot of tricks in the bag. The Nuggets will need a lot from a thin bench and Bones Hyland has been their highest-yielding player. There are so many things to talk about here but if you ask me, the Warriors will bring their A-Game here and the Nuggets may lose this series 0-4 or 1-4.
Fantasy Related Predictions
The major minutes for the Nuggets will be played by Jokic, Gordon, Barton, and Monte Morris. These four have been the major offensive options with of course, Jokic being the undisputed ace. On the other hand, Curry may play just 20-25 minutes but he is someone who can rack up 20 points in such a short window. On the other hand, Poole and Thompson both can also heat up while Green is an all-around player, who may not give many points but is up for big rebounds and assists. Otto Porter Jr. can be a filler option but I think his minutes can take a hit with Curry’s return. Andrew Wiggins is an above-average scorer and there is a lot to choose from in the Warriors’ pool!
Leading Scorer: Nikola Jokic: 31
Leading Rebounder: Nikola Jokic: 13
Top Assists Deliverer: Nikola Jokic: 8
Scoreline Prediction: Warriors 111 Nuggets 102
Golden State Warriors Team News
Warriors Expected Starting Five
Two-way Wings: SF: Andrew Wiggins
Defensive Anchor and All-Around Forward: PF: Draymond Green
Inside Presence: C: Kevon Looney
Off-the-ball Perimeter threat: SG: Klay Thompson
Three-Point threat: 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
Athletic Big Forward: PF: Aaron Gordon
Athletc Wing: F: Jeff Green
Superstar All-Around Threat: C: Nikola Jokic
All-around Wing:SF: Will Barton
Sharp-shooting Guard: PG: Monte Morris
BENCH: Bones Hyland, JaMychal Green, Bryn Forbes, DeMarcus Cousins, Austin Rivers, Davon Reed, Marcus Howard, Facundo Campazzo.
Jokic led the Nuggets in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. That tells you all about one of the MVP candidates this season who ups his game during the Playoffs. I expect a 29-34 points, 11-15 rebounds, and 6-8 assists range from him. He is a candidate as Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 52-72
League’s best three-point shooter Curry may be on minutes restriction but he won’t hesitate to throw a bunch of shots in that time frame. I expect a 16-22 points and 4-6 assists range from him.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-34
Aaron Gordon helped Jokic out on the scoring end and his athleticism will be needed to pincer out quality possessions on both ends of the floor. I expect a 14-19 points and 5-8 rebounds range from him.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-28
Thompson has had many memorable performances during the Playoffs and his ability to shoot even against superb defenses, makes him one of the best shooters ever. He can be in 20-27 points and 4-6 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33
Barton’s scoring was on-and-off during the Regular Season and this is a huge concern, but he does a lot more than scoring, also playing a vital role as a defensive threat. He can be in 11-15 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
Poole handled the duties as a major ball-handler well when Curry went down due to an injury and he will be expected to explode further in the Playoffs. I expect a 17-23 points and 3-5 assists range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33
PG: M Morris
SG: J Poole(PP), K Thompson, N Bones Hyland
SF: A Gordon
PF: O Porter
C: K Looney, N Jokic(SP)
PG: M Morris
SG: J Poole, N Bones Hyland
SF: A Gordon
PF: O Porter
C: D Green(PP), K Looney, N Jokic(SP)
Wouldn’t you like to see the Playoffs version of Jokic going haywire on the Warriors? In a great piece of news, this match is available on streaming services JIO TV and Voot, the two designated streaming platforms for viewers in India. Meanwhile, VH1 and Sports 18 will show it on Television. But there are games too so 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. To learn the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.