GSW vs MIL Dream11: There are some games that have a different kind of feel and you get the vibes that this can be a preview of a playoff series. Of course, the Playoffs are still a month away or so and a lot can change in that time. Plus, the Playoffs are themselves a grueling arena and you never know which squad picks it up. However, history indicates that mostly you have to be a top-two team in either Conference to make a deep postseason run more often than not. But sometimes the trends are broken. And well, this game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks may be a preview of the NBA Finals! (The Suns, Heat, Sixers, Grizzlies, Mavericks, and many other teams will look at this statement and shrug off).
The Warriors have been an enigma of late, surely we can now see why Draymond Green is no less than an MVP for this team. However, this does not downplay the influence of Superstar Stephen Curry but there is an argument to be made that Green has been like an MVP for the team. This is why MVP awards often overlook a lot of surrounding factors.
On the other hand, the Bucks certainly have a two-time MVP wreaking total havoc these days, i.e. Giannis Antetokounmpo. He remains a top-five player in the league and there is no answer for him. What makes him special is that he rarely has an off-shooting night and his playing style helps his team rack up quality possessions, making the Bucks one of the best offensive teams in the league.
Host: Golden State Warriors
Visitors: Milwaukee Bucks
Match Timing: 13 March, @ 07:00 AM
Venue: Chase Center
Trends and match-ups
Warriors tough window: The Warriors have been struggling on the defensive end without Draymond Green but there has been a bigger problem. Recently, the team has been unable to win a lot of games away from home and collapses time and time again. At home, they have the best record with 27 wins and 7 losses but away from home, they barely show any resistance at times and look highly out-of-sync, this is a problem that needs to be addressed but then let us plug Draymond back into the conversation. This is another area where Draymond will be huge as his vocal leadership keeps the rest of the unit motivated and in sync.
Uh, oh, watch, out for the Bucks: The Bucks have won six in a row and most of us knew this was long-time coming. With Giannis around, you will have a powerful two-way unit and the rest of the team complements him well. The Front Office really did a job last season to put together a team that is not full of overt superstars but rather star players who can be effective alongside former MVP. The Bucks have been effective both away from home and at home, meaning that they have gotten it done during multiple junctures. The Bucks remain in the race for the top spot in the East and they are likely to finish at least in the top-three.
Match-ups: One area where the Bucks usually have the edge over other teams in the big Forward spot. Here, the Warriors will have their hands full containing Giannis and Wiggins alongside Looney will have to pull off something special to limit him, because you can necessarily stop him during most nights, you can just limit him a bit. The guard rotation battle certainly belongs to the Warriors a team that has Thompson, Poole, and Curry, all effective offensive players and premier shooters. Meanwhile, while Jrue Holiday does bring incredible balance to the one-guard position, Grayson Allen and Wesley Matthews are not as good as offensive players as the Warriors’ guard trio.
The wing battle between Wiggins and Middleton is important and although Middleton has been a better scorer recently, Wiggins is pivotal to the Warriors’ cause. At Center, Portis has been doing a much better job than Looney but yes Looney is important in terms of boxing out, clasping boards, and also giving some inside offense occasionally. Now, if you talk about the bench, the Warriors have an OVERWHELMING advantage with Poole and Kuminga bringing quality production.
Milwaukee Bucks | Golden State Warriors
Games: 67| 67
Wins: 42 | 45
Defeats: 25 | 22
Golden State Warriors Team News
Warriors Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Andrew Wiggins
Middle: C: Kevon Looney
Guards: SG: Moses Moody | SG: Klay Thompson | PG: Stephen Curry
BENCH: Jordan Poole., Damion Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Jonathan Kuminga, Chris Chiozza, Nemanja Bjelica.
Milwaukee Bucks Team News:
Bucks Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Khris Middleton
Middle: PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo | C: Bobby Portis
Guards: SG: Grayson Allen | PG: Jrue Holiday
Bench: Serge Ibaka, Jordan Nwora Wesley Matthews, De’Andre Bembry, Lindell Winnington, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Sandro Mamukelashvili.
Forward Giannis has been doing a brilliant job of opening up lanes for others through his rim-racking powers, high-octane rebounding, and consistent playmaking. Antetokounmpo has mostly been in 30+ points, 10-16 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range these days. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 54-68
Steph continues to lead the league in three-pointers and frankly, that is the least surprising thing that can happen when it comes to Curry. He has been an all-around presence, usually figuring in 25-34 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 3-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-54
Wing Khris has once again proven to be one of the best wings in the league and he has been doing a great job not only as a scorer but as an all-around player. The wing has mostly been in 19-25 points, 4-8 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-46
Poole is back to his early-season ways and has adjusted to his bench role, doing a great job as the third guard in the lineup. The delightful guard has been in the 20-23 points range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-37
Jrue is one of the best Point Guards when it comes to handling the overall business as a primary ball handler. Holiday has mostly been in 15-23 points, 4-8 rebounds, and 7-11 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-44
Wiggins has been a bit off from the field recently but his value on both ends of the floor still is at a premium. The wing has usually been figuring in 14-19 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-36
PG: S Curry(PP)
SG: M Moody, J Poole
SF: K Middleton
PF: J Kuminga, G Antetokounmpo(SP)
C: K Looney, B Portis
Isn’t it fun to see Giannis just flat-out dominating the opposition’s defense with his hyped-up dunks and Curry showcasing his marksmanship from long range? Well, guess what Indian NBA fans, you are in for a lot of fun here! This match can be viewed on streaming services JIO TV and Voot. But what if you want to catch a lot of other games? Just switch it on the NBA League Pass. If you buy the annual subscription, you can get close to all live games and apart from that, you also can get the full game replay if you can’t catch the live stream. To know the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.