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GSW vs MIA Dream11 Prediction NBA Live, Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat


GSW vs MIA Dream11: The COVID-19 pandemic has been heart-rending for the world and the NBA league has not been spared from its vicious cycle either. And that is why, writing about NBA games, its players, and its dynamics keeps on becoming trickier every day. But thanks to more relaxed quarantine rules and the ability to sign ten-day deals, the league’s schedule has kept up for the most parts.

Some teams like Golden State Warriors have been built in such a way that they can withstand the flurry of absentees, and to their credit, the Miami Heat players have done a great job too. The Warriors have the best record in the league and have a 80% win record with just 7 losses in 35 games. Meanwhile, Heat had their five-game winning streak broken by the Kings but still possess a more than respectable 23 wins and 14 losses.

Warriors have proven the value of building through draft picks with a major signing here and there. What I like about this team is that the core of Curry, Thompson, Green, and Looney has been around with each for years now. That is a rare feature especially in the post 2000s era and yes, even in the older eras, we didn’t see many teams sticking with the same core for so long. That is why the Warriors have stability and despite some tough years, they have shown what they are about.

For Miami Heat, the offseason signing of Kyle Lowry has made them a better squad than the last season. With two leaders like Lowry and Butler, you get a lot of motivation and the will to pull through during most games. The Heat has shown its depth during the COVID-19 crisis and their determination and resolution is applause-worthy.

Host: Golden State Warriors
Visitors: Miami Heat

Match Timing: 4 January, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Chase Center

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Warriors: Great team balance, they are more than about Curry
Although it is true that Curry has been scoring past 30 many times this season, Poole and Wiggins have been two other major scoring options too. One underrated playmaker in this league right now is Andre Iguodala, whose presence off the bench helps in solidifying what the starters build early in the game. The Warriors can deploy long-range shooting, seal the rebounding end, put pressure on defense, and calculate the game situation better than 90-95% squads in the league. For me, the highlight for the Warriors have been their defense and with Wiggins, Curry, Porter Jr., Green, Looney, and Iguodala, the team presents a switch-heavy defense, players who can fight through screens, perimeter-close outs, inside presences, and a reliable box-out unit as well. Overall, the Warriors have been winning due to their ability to read games and not get worked up if the opponent builds a huge lead.

Heat: Butler, Lowry, and overall incredible depth
Miami has been winning a lot even without Adebayo, who is a stable offensive, defensive, and rebounding option. The performance of Omer Yurtseven has been impressive and considering that he is second in the back-up Center line behind DeWayne Dedmon, his 10+ and 11+ rebounding performances are welcoming. Apart from Yurtseven, bench players Caleb Martin and Gabe Vincent(In COVID-19 protocols at the time of writing) have performed admirably time and time again. Now consider there is the core of Herro, Lowry, Buttler, and Robinson as four guards, the team can supply regular perimeter shooting, dribble drives, playmaking, and also many players who can score in bunches. The Heat looks deep this season unlike the last one and for me, they are at least the contenders to the NBA Conference Finals if anything. Can the Heat rev it up further?

Golden State Warriors | Miami Heat

Games: 35| 37
Wins: 27| 23
Defeats: 08| 14

Golden State Warriors vs Miami Heat NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Golden State Warriors Team News

  • Klay Thompson is OUT. His timetable to return is still unclear.
  • James Wiseman, Damion Lee are in the COVID-19 protocols
  • Draymond Greenhas been CLEARED from COVID-19 protocols and is AVAILABLE for the game

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

BENCH: Nemanja Bjelica, Andre Iguodala, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Otto Porter Jr., Jonathan Kuminga, Gary Payton II, Jeff Dowtin, Quindary Weatherspoon, Chris Chiozza.
Miami Team News

    • Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, Duncan Robinson, PJ Tucker, Udonis Haslem, Marcus Garrett are in COVID-19 protocols.
    • Markieff Morris, KZ Okpala are UNLIKELY to play here
    • Bam Adebayo, Dewayne Dedmon are OUT for the game

Heat Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Jimmy Butler SF: Caleb Martin
Middle: C Omer Yurtseven
Guards: PG: Tyler Herro PG: Kyle Lowry

Miami Heat Bench: Chris Silva, Haywood Highsmith, Nik Stauskas, Kyle Guy, Mario Chalmers, Aric Holman.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Jimmy Butler(MIA)
Points: 21
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 05
Butler is one of the best two-way players in the league and has led this Heat from the front for some years now. The off-guard/wing has scored 21 or more in the last three games, including a 37 point outing while grabbing 6+ rebounds twice and handing over 5+ assists twice too in that period. Jimmy can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-47

Stephen Curry (GSW )
Points: 28
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 09
Blocks: 01
Steph has been striking fear once again in the hearts of perimeter defenders. Yes, he is a phenomenal three-point shooter but his driving ability and the in-between game are equally impressive. Curry has scored in the 28-38 points range throughout the season, dishing 4-6 assists a game and grabbing 4-6 rebounds too.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 49-61

Kyle Lowry(MIA)
Points: 14
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 12
Steals: 01

Kyle has been one of the best off-season signings by any team in this league and the Heat campaign has been boosted by this all-around PG. Kyle has dished 7-13 assists a game regularly while scoring 12-19 points when Jimmy has been around.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-42

Draymond Green has been usually scoring in the 7-11 points, dishing 7-10 assists, and grabbing 7-12 rebounds, 1-2 blocks, or steals a game on a regular basis. He missed the last two games due to the COVID-19 protocols but he is available for this game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-42

Andrew Wiggins(GSW)
Points: 25
Rebounds: 00
Assists: 04
Steals: 02

Wiggins has been one of the best offensive options at the wing and continues to light it up from all areas of the floor. Wiggins has been scoring in the 19-25 points range on a regular basis. Andrew can also clinch 6-8 rebounds a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-36

Omer Yurtseven(MIA)
Points: 22
Rebounds: 16
Assists: 00
Steals: 01
Yurtseven has exceeded expectations in his starting role and has been a big-time rebounder and inside scorer for Miami. The big has compiled four double-doubles in a row, grabbing rebounds in 12-16 range while scoring 16+ points twice in four games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-42

Otto Porter Jr.(GSW)
Points: 20
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 08
Steals: 03
Porter Jr. is a wing option who has shown that he was a terrific pick-up by Golden State during the offseason. Otto has neither been scoring 20 or so regularly, nor has he dished 8 or so assists again and again. He is usually hovering in the 8-12 points grabs 5-7 rebounds a game regularly. He may see lesser minutes with Green back here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-29


  • Gary Payton II(GSW ) had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in the last game. Gary has raised his scoring from 6-8 to 11-14 points range usually.
  • Andre Iguodala(GSW ) had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists in the last game. Iguodala has been a superb off-the-bench playmaker, rebounder, and playmaker. He has dished 4-8 assists regularly this season.
  • Tyler Herro(MIA) had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. The Guard continues to impress with scoring skills, continuously figuring in the 18-22 points range and having a 25+ points game here and there.
  • Kevon Looney(GSW ) had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Looney has been scoring in the 6-8 points and grabs rebounds in the 5-8 range, the 6 assists is not the norm for this talented defensive big.
  • Jordan Poole(GSW ) had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. Poole came back after a two weeks absence and rather than 10 points, 14-23 is his usually scoring range.
  • Nemanja Bjelica(GSW) compiled 4 points, 4 rebounds in the last game. Nemanja has been a dependable bench player who usually hovers in the 4-8 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
  • Caleb Martin(MIA) had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block in the last game. The wing has been impressive in the starting role and has scored in the 11-15 range multiple times.
  • Kyle Guy(MIA) had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block in the last game. Guy is a player on a ten-day deal, the above numbers are more than decent considering his role.
  • Chris Silva(MIA) had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Another ten-day deal player who can get more minutes if he plays in control

GSW vs MIA Dream11 Team

PG: S Curry(SP), K Lowry(PP)
SG: A Iguodala
SF: A Wiggins
PF:  D Green, C Martin
C:     K Looney, O Yurtseven

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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.