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GSW vs DEN Dream11 Prediction NBA Live, Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets


GSW vs DEN Dream11: COVID-19 protocols have eased recently but even that hasn’t stopped a flurry of players to go missing because the Omicron surge has taken the USA in its grasp. Now, the Golden State Warriors are missing Draymond Green, who is their two-way star but there is one great piece of news, Andrew Wiggins is available for this game. Now, the Warriors will meet the inconsistent Nuggets whose campaign took a hit when Michael Porter Jr. was ruled out for the season.

Now, I wasn’t worried about the Warriors’ chances when Poole and Wiggins went down but trust me, Draymond Green may be as important as the two combined. Now, Curry will be the sole consistent playmaker, putting more pressure on him and the superb screens of Green and his defense will be highly missed.

Nuggets are overly reliant on Nikola Jokic and this great player has been carrying them on his back all season long. He has had two 20+ points and 20+ rebounds games and even with such performances, his team hasn’t produced high-yields, perhaps Jokic needs to shoot better than 40% or so unlike last game, but come on! How much can he do, the defense is crowding him every game.

Host: Golden State Warriors
Visitors: Denver Nuggets

Match Timing: 29 December, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Chase Center

NBA Projections, Stats, & Analysis

Warriors: How will they fare without Green?
Dray gives the team that doesn’t figure among stat-sheets. His leadership on both ends and his hustle have inspired even Curry to take it up a notch on defense. Now, when a positive with Wiggins returning is that the defensive aspect can be covered while he brings a ton of scoring but in terms of intangibles, Green is irreplaceable for the Warriors. Now, still, with Gary Payton, Curry, Wiggins, Juan Toscano, Looney, Bjelica, Porter, and Kuminga, the team can deploy shooting, cutting, even if the playmaking side has taken a significant hit with Green out.

Nuggets: Jokic can run out of gas like this
Jokic is the primary mover on the offense and that approach can hurt at times because the team lacks rebounding and he has to perform this job. Yes, there are perimeter shooters like Morris, Bones, Barton, Reed, Green, Gordon but still, it is Jokic whose presence opens up the more workable offense for the Denver outfit. What can happen is that the long season can take a ton of toll on Jokic with Murray and Porter out, so the Nuggets offense will have to figure out other ways to be more productive. More consistency from Barton, Morris, and Gordon can change the picture considerably.

Denver Nuggets | Golden State Warriors

Games: 32| 33
Wins: 16| 27
Defeats: 16| 06

Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Golden State Warriors Team News

  • Klay Thompson is OUT. His timetable for return keeps getting postponed.
  • James Wiseman is OUT and perhaps he will be back next month are placed in COVID-19 protocols.
  • Andrew Wiggins has cleared the protocols and is AVAILABLE for the game
  • Jordan Poole has cleared the protocols but is UNLIKELY to play here

Warriors Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: SF: Andrew Wiggins(QUESTIONABLE) SF: Otto Porter Jr.
Middle: C: Kevon Looney
Guards: SG: Gary Payton II   PG: Stephen Curry

BENCH: Nemanja Bjelica, Jonathan Kuminga, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Jeff Dowtin, Quindary Weatherspoon, Chris Chiozza.

Denver Nuggets Team News

  • Aaron Gordon is QUESTIONABLE for the game
  • Jamal Murray has not recovered from his knee injury and his status is as unclear as it gets. He is going to be OUT for this game.
  • Michael Porter Jr.remains OUT and he will most likely miss all season.
  • PJ Dozier has been ruled OUT indefinitely.
  • Bol Bol is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
  • Markus Howard is OUT due to an ankle sprain.

Nuggets Expected Starting Five
Forwards: PF: Aaron Gordon(QUESTIONABLE) SF: Jeff Green
Middle: C: Nikola Jokic
Guards: SG: Will Barton  PG: Monte Morris

BENCH: Zeke Nnaji, Petr Cornelie, Bones Hyland, Davon Reed, Matt Ryan, Facundo Campazzo, JaMychal Green.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Stephen Curry(GSW)
Points: 33
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 06
Steals: 03
Blocks: 01
I need not discuss the greatness of Curry, even the most irregular NBA fans know what he is all about. During December, the high-profile guard has scored 30-33 points a game on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 46-59

Nikola Jokic(DEN)
Points: 26
Rebounds: 22
Assists: 08
Steals: 02
Blocks: 02

Jokic has been on fire this month and some of his performances are among the best this season. The Center has grabbed 20+ rebounds for two straight games and is the only player to have two 20+ points and 20+ rebounds games throughout the season. For me, Jokic is the best candidate for Star-Player in the Dream11 NBA scene among all the players in the league.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 55-73

Andrew Wiggins(GSW) is available to play here after clearing health & safety protocols. He has scored in 16-25 points range constantly this season while grabbing 4-6 rebounds regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-36

Will Barton(DEN)
Points: 17
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 03
Steals: 02
Barton has been an important part of the Nuggets effort but he hasn’t been scoring 20+ or so as much as he did earlier in the season. Still, Will the Thrill can get around 14-18 points a game on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-39

Gary Payton II(GSW)
Points: 14
Rebounds: 08
Assists: 02
Steals: 01

Payton II is a terrific perimeter defender but his game has seen growth with the Warriors. Gary has scored in the 11-14 points range while grabbing 6-9 rebounds a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-37

Monte Morris(DEN)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 05

Morris is a sharpshooter whose role has increased as he shifted from the reserve to starting role earlier this year. Morris can score 10+ points and dish 4+ assists a game on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30

GSW vs DEN Dream11 Lineup Balancers

  • Austin Rivers(DEN) bagged 12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists in the last game. Austin has scored 11 to 12 points in the last four games.
  • Facundo Campazzo(DEN) chipped 5 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 steals in the last game. The guard has compiled as much as 5-8 assists regularly this month.
  • Ottor Porter Jr.(GSW) bagged 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Otto has been scoring 10+ points regularly this month. He has also had 3 or more blocks in two of the last three games.
  • Juan Toscano-Anderson(GSW) scooped up 4 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 block in the last game. Has figured in a similar range this month.
  • Kevon Looney(GSW) scooped up 8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block in the last game. He has scored 6-8 points and grabbed rebounds in the 6-10 range.
  • Jeff Green(DEN) bagged 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game. Jeff has been up-and-down scoring-wise. Can also go past 15.
  • Bones Hyland(DEN) nailed 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. Bones is a rookie and he can show shooting inconsistencies.
  • Davon Reed(DEN) compiled 15 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block in the last game. Reed doesn’t go as high as 15 during most games.
  • Jonathan Kuminga(GSW) scooped up 12 points, 1 rebound in the last game. You don’t know what to expect from the rookie!
  • Nemanja Bjelica(GSW) scooped up 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. His scoring range has been 6-10.

GSW vs DEN Dream11 Team

PG: S Curry(PP), G Payton, F Campazzo
SG: N Bones Hyland
SF: A Wiggins, O Porter
PF: J Toscano-Anderson
C:    N Jokic(SP)

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Shubham Singh

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