GSW vs PHX Dream11: THe NBA Regular season is going to be out soon and still, there is a lot to play for many squads as the Play-in tournament berths and the Playoffs seedings are at stake here. With still a lot to play for, many of the teams are bound to make an electric push and there is going to be a lot of intensity, serving as the curtain-raiser to what we can expect during the Postseason. And what better way to get a taste of that as the Golden State Warriors host the Phoenix Suns.
The Warriors have hit a wall after starting the season in a hot manner. During the second half of the season, the team has been a sub-50% win team and after having the most elite defense earlier in the season, they have lost their way completely. Not having Stephen Curry only curtails their chances further and defensive anchor Draymond Green hasn’t been the same after his return from the injury.
On the other hand, the Phoenix Suns have been the most dominating team in both halves of the season and they have set up a blueprint for success. Their high-standard lineup has made it so that the rest of the league is falling behind at this point. The growth of multiple players alongside a veteran backcourt has made the Phoenix Suns a glorious team that is on the verge of creating a dynasty.
Host: Golden State Warriors
Visitors: Phoenix Suns
Match Timing: 31 March, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Chase Center
Phoenix: Completely decimating squads
The Suns leave no stones unturned on both ends of the floor. When Chris Paul arrived at the scene during the last season, the team took a big step and after making the NBA Finals, they have only looked better. One reason for the huge uptick in wins has been the evolution of Mikal Bridges from a defensively loaded slashing wing to someone who can even create his own shot at this point while being in the running for the Defensive Player of the Year honors.
The Guard tandem of Chris Paul and Devin Booker is a match made in heaven. Paul controls the playmaking duties whereas Booker can rack up points in a hurry with Paul as the closer. Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, and Deandre Ayton make for a tough frontline where Ayton has been a huge factor on both ends while Crowder brings a lot of physicality to the plate. Back-up guard Cameron Payne has been a brilliant cover for injury to Paul or Booker and has made his mark. The Suns have all the tools to make a championship run.
Warriors: They have lost their way
The Warriors have managed to hold on to the third spot for quite a bit but the grip has only loosened with each week. The red-hot Mavericks are on their tail and with the trends, there is no doubt that they will be in play to snatch the spot away from the Warriors. A prospect that is not dire because the Warriors will have to match up against a fifth-seeded team but because it means that the Warriors have conceded a lot of games lately. They have fallen off on both ends of the floor.
It is surprising considering how much depth they have, with Poole and Thompson as two high-yielding scorers, Andrew Wiggins as a two-way wing, and a springy Jonathan Kuminga. Draymond Green’s defense and control of the ball haven’t been the same as it was before the injury and his long absence has hurt before and his current rust has only complicated matters for the Steve Kerr-coached team. It is difficult to see this squad making a deep Playoffs run unless something special happens to close the season and begin the first Round.
Phoenix Suns (1st in West) | Golden State Warriors (3rd in West)
Games: 75 | 76
Wins: 61 | 48
Defeats: 14 | 28
Golden State Warriors Team News
Warriors Expected Starting Five
Forwards: PF: Jonathan Kuminga | SF: Andrew Wiggins
Middle: PF/C: Draymond Green
Guards: SG: Jordan Poole | SG: Klay Thompson
BENCH: Juan Toscano-Anderson, Gary Payton II, Moses Moody, Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Belica, Damion Lee.
Phoenix Suns Team News
Suns Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: PF: Jae Crowder | SF: Mikal Bridges
Middle: C: DeAndre Ayton
Guards: SG: Devin Booker | PG: Chris Paul
BENCH: , Cameron Payne, Landry Shamet, Elfrid Payton, ,Bismack Biyombo, Ismail Wainright.
Chris Paul continues to give quality production at the Point Guard position and he has been hoarding a bunch of assists and points as usual. He leads the league in assists and he has mostly been in 14-19 points and 10-15 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 48-60
Guard Poole has done well filling in for guard Stephen Curry and he has taken it his game to another level. He has mostly been in 24-28 points and 4-5 rebounds range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-46
Off-guard Booker has been doing a great job as the isolation scorer and he has been one of the most productive players in the league. Devin has mostly been in the 29-35 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-45
Two-guard Klay has been raining it from long range and he has helped the shooting cause but he will need to up his efficiency sooner than later. The Guard has mostly been in 20-25 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-43
Wing Andrew has gotten it done as an isolation scorer but he will need to up his production now as the crunch time for the Warriors is arriving. I expect a 14-21 points and 4-6 rebounds range from the Small Forward.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-28
Center Ayton has done a great job finishing in the paint, giving high-quality rebounding, and also tremendous defense. The big has usually been in 14-20 points and 10-14 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-41
PG: C Paul(SP), G Payton
SG: D Booker(PP), J Poole
SF: A Wiggins, M Bridges
PF: J Kuminga
C: D Ayton
Isn’t it going to be fun when the Guard duo of Booker and Paul take over the game? And there is a piece of great news for the Indian NBA fans who want to catch the action. The two official streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot are going to showcase this game. But hey, there are a lot of other teams battling it out as well! To catch them, get the annual subscription of the NBA League Pass. To follow the scores, news, and stats, hop to the official website of the NBA.