IND vs MEM Dream11: Hello, NBA fans! How is it going! There are a lot of facets you have to examine before diving into an NBA game. This is the period where various teams show desperation to either finish among the top teams or sneak into the Playoffs. This is also an area where we get a clearer picture of what teams will have the home court advantages for the most part. With that in mind, let us jump into the game between the Indiana Pacers and the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Pacers are undergoing one of their worst seasons in recent memory. They have been getting blown out against elite teams and their defense has been one of the worst recently. However, after acquiring Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield, the offensive production has surely shot up but all in all, the Pacers will not make the Play-in tournament.
On the other hand, the Memphis Grizzlies are just opposite of the Pacers and they have been fighting tooth and nail versus the Warriors for the second spot in the Western Conference. They have one of the deepest rosters in the league and they have continued to show that their youth has a lot of promise.
Host: Indiana Pacers
Visitors: Memphis Grizzlies
Match Timing: 16 March, @ 04:30 AM
Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
Pacers: A great guard rotation but a long way to go
The Pacers have been one of the worst teams in the East and they have a tendency to give up big runs and play catch-up against most of the squads. They have struggled on the defensive end quite a bit and their frontline has been severly hit after the Domantas Sabonis trade and also with the injury to Myles Turner. Meanwhile, the guard rotation has been highly deep and young for the Pacers with versatile options. While Tyrese Haliburton has presented himself as an elite playmaker, constantly improving his scoring, Buddy Hield has become an all-around off-guard for the team.
On the other hand, young Chris Duarte can also develop into a highly reliable two-guard while Malcolm Brogdon has been the reason for most victories this season. Duane Washington Jr. as a deep guard has continued to be a huge difference-maker. Another impressive young player has been Jalen Smith, a young Power Forward, who can dip in points and clinch big-time boards. Oshae Brissett and Isaiah Jackson have filled in well as starting bigs but they are not as consistent as the former frontline of the team.
Grizzlies: They are championship contenders
It will not be a surprise if the Grizzlies make it to the Finals. They have one of the deepest teams in the league, an athletic team that is able to score in multiple ways. The sprightly squad has led the league in steals and can get the fastbreak game going. It is not a surprise considering that most of the core has just logged one to four seasons in this league and it is indeed a surprise that they have accomplished so much in such little time. While Ja Morant has been scintillating with his brilliant scoring and playmaking, propelling the team to multiple wins, the team has been more than about him overall.
When he was out before, the team won around 80% of their games and that is when the Grizzlies turned around the season. Desmond Bane is one of the best shooters in the league at this point while Jaren Jackson has been doing a brilliant job as the two-way big Forward. On the other hand, Steven Adams has been sealing the paint, grabbing rebounds, playing elite defense, and also providing more than handy playmaking. Dillon Brooks, who returned recently has been lighting up the league for a long time. Meanwhile, the bench of Clarke, Anderson, Jones, Melton, Williams, and Konchar has to be one of the deepest ones in the league. Surely, this team is a big-time contender with the number of options available.
Memphis Grizzlies | Indiana Pacers
Games: 69| 69
Wins: 47| 23
Defeats: 22 | 46
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 (QUESTIONABLE)
BENCH: Goga Bitadze, Jalen Smith, Lance Stephenson, DeJon Jarreau, Keifer Sykes, Duane Washington Jr.
Memphis Grizzlies News
Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Dillon Brooks
Frontline: PF: Jaren Jackson Jr | C: Steven Adams
Guards: SG: Desmond Bane | PG: Tyus Jones(if Morant doesn’t play)
BENCH: Brandon Clarke, DeAnthony Melton, John Konchar, Tyus Jones, Kyle Anderson, Xavier Tillman, DeQuan Jeffries, Santi Aldama, Jon Tseke, Jarrett Culver, Dakota Mathias, Killian Tillie.
Guard Haliburton has been a terrific playmaker and scorer for the Pacers ever since he has been acquired a month ago. He has mostly been in 19-25 points and 9-11 assists range. He can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-46
Guard Bane has been having a great season and he is a contender for the Most Improved Player of the Year Award. He has mostly been in 21-24 points and 5-8 rebounds range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-36
Power Forward Jaren is surely a contender for the Defensive Player of the Year and he has also supplied prolific rebounding and scoring. He has mostly been in 13-18 points, 4-5 rebounds, and 1-5 blocks range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-37
Off-guard Buddy has kept the high production up for the most parts and has been an all-around presence for the short-handed Pacers. He has mostly been in 16-19 points, 5-9 assists, and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-38
One-guard Brogdon has been struggling with injuries throughout the season and when he has played, the chances of Pacers’ win has been significantly higher. The Guard has mostly been in 20-27 points, 4-8 assists, and 4-6 rebounds range. He is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-44
Center Adams has been the leading offensive rebounder and has also been a terrific hustler and has also increased his playmaking. The big has mostly been in 6-9 points, 9-12 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 19-29
IND vs MEM Dream11 Team
PG: T Jones
SG: B Hield, T Haliburton(SP)
SF: D Brooks, D Bane
PF: J Jackson(PP), J Smith
C: S Adams
(If Brogdon plays)
PG: M Brogdon(PP)
SG: T Haliburton(SP)
SF: D Brooks, D Bane
PF: J Jackson, J Smith
C: S Adams
Isn’t it fun to watch Haliburton nailing tough passes and Desmond Bane raining it from deep? In not the best news for the Indian NBA lovers, this match will not be displayed by the two official streaming services in Voot and JIO TV. Then what option do you have? In this case, just go through the NBA League Pass and purchase the annual subscription so you don’t have to worry about what specific games you can catch. For learning the scores, news, and stats, visit the official website of the NBA.