IND vs CLE Dream11: NBA has now reached a highly important stage as we inch closer to the Playoffs. Now, with the way things are going, the time is ticking for most squads as there are both Play-in tournaments and top-six spots are at stake. The professional league is a taxing one because it takes a toll on the bodies of the players who are going through the motions day in and day out. So, keeping that in mind, let us jump into the game between the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Indiana Pacers have had a terrible season record-wise but I think the Domantas Sabonis has worked out well. With Myles Turner out of the fray and Domantas Sabonis traded during the trade deadline, the team’s frontline has thinned. Still, the Pacers have done a great job at the offensive end with their shotcreators in the backcourt.
On the other hand, the Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled with injuries recently and with Jarrett Allen sidelined definitely, the burden on the frontline will increase. Caris LeVert has been also missing from the picture, so yes, both the guard and the frontline has been hit. Can the Cavaliers stitch together quality games with their current squad?
Host: Indiana Pacers
Visitors: Cleveland Cavaliers
Match Timing: 9 February, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Pacers: Guard galore
While it is true that the Pacers are far removed from the Playoffs and are highly unlikely to slate in a Play-in spot, the foundation looks solid on paper. Bringing in Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield has certainly bolstered the guard rotation and let us look at the talent in the backcourt. Haliburton has been an excellent playmaker and has raised his scoring, Buddy Hield despite his inefficient three-point shooting has shown a lot of heart with the extended minutes, meanwhile, Brogdon is an incredible shot-creator who is also an all-around presence. Rookie Chris Duarte has also shown a lot of promise and the team has a strong four-guard rotation while Duane Washington Jr. has also been highly promising.
The frontline has been significantly weakened with Myles Turner out of the picture. Turner has been a huge defender and can also pop a bunch of threes and with the Pacers bolstering their guard rotation, the team can become a highly effective three-point shooting team, in the long run, trust me the potential is high there. When it comes to the offseason, the team must look at a way to bolster their Power Forward position, probably via draft but then can also use the pick to land some player who can work out on the big Forward position, a defensive-oriented PF will surely help the cause and will give a brilliant defense.
Cavaliers: Not having Allen hurts but Garland is pumped up
Jarrett Allen has been leading the team in rebounding and with his physical style of play, he is able to dominate on both ends of the floor. Surely, his role as a defender, rebounder, and scorer has been huge when it comes to the team garnering these many wins. However, the frontline is not that weakened because, in my opinion, this team has the deepest and most versatile Power Forward-Center rotation in the league. The team can use Evan Mobley in the middle, Lauri Markkanen continues to be an effective stretch-four while Kevin Love brings high-quality rebounding and shooting off the bench.
However, this system can’t surely work offensively without Darius Garland, who has supplied big-time scoring and playmaking regularly. Cedi Osman’s role has also increased especially with Caris LeVert but yes the team depth is surely going to hurt with the absence of Jarrett Allen. The Pacers will wish at least Caris LeVert is back in the fray, who can surely bolster the depth of this team. The Cavaliers have been a terrific defensive team all season long and Mobley has been highly helpful on that end so if they can continue to be a top-notch defensive squad, they’ll still need more effective offense than they have shown since February. Can the Cavaliers increase their offensive output soon?
Cleveland Cavaliers | Indiana Pacers
Games: 64| 66
Wins: 37| 22
Defeats: 27 | 44
Indiana Pacers Team News
Pacers Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Oshae Brissett
Middle: C: Isaiah Jackson
Guards: SG: Buddy Hield | PG: Tyrese Haliburton | PG: Malcolm Brogdon
BENCH: Goga Bitadze, Jalen Smith, Lance Stephenson, DeJon Jarreau, Keifer Sykes, Duane Washington Jr.
Cleveland Cavaliers Team News
Cavaliers Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Cedi Osman | SF: Isaac Okoro
Middle: C: Jarrett Allen | C: Evan Mobley
Guard: PG: Darius Garland
BENCH: Kevin Love, LaMar Stevens, Dylan Windler, Dean Wade, Ed Davis, RJ Nembhard Jr. Kevin Pangos, Brandon Goodwin.
Tyrese has done a great job as the playmaker and he keeps on extending his scoring game with each month. The youngster has been in the 15-23 points, 6-11 assists, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-3 steals range. He can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-50
Darius has been in superb form all season long and he has become one of the most dependable shooters and playmakers in the league. The Guard has mostly been in 20+ points and 8+ assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-42
Mobley has been a great presence in the middle and his shot-blocking abilities along with more than serviceable scoring from time to time. The Center can be expected to be in 13-22 points, 8+ rebounds, and 1+ block range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45
The Pacers have won more often when isolation specialist and all-around guard Brogdon has been in the lineup. He has scored 26 or more in three last games, being in the 4-8 assists, and mostly in the 4-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-46
Hield has been doing a great job as the off-guard and his shooting has picked up while he has also become a more all-around presence as of now. Buddy has been in 16-21 points, 6-8 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-39
Big Forward Lauri is one of the most brilliant stretch-fours in the league and has picked up his game from time to time. He has mostly been in the 13-18 points and 6-12 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-38
IND vs CLE Dream11 Team
PG: M Brogdon(PP)
SG: D Garland(SP), T Haliburton
SF: L Markkanen, C Osman
PF: K Love, E Mobley
C: G Bitadze
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