IND vs PHI Dream11: Hello, NBA fans, just a few days to go in the NBA Regular Season, and then we’ll be seeing the Playoffs, the stage that decides the NBA champion. However, even though teams have to barely play five games at this point, there is a lot at stake.
In this Eastern Conference game, the Indiana Pacers will host the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pacers have already been knocked out of the Play-in tournament and that has been the case for a long time. On the other hand, the Philadelphia 76ers have been in the race to the top seed for the Eastern Conference and with Center Joel Embiid wreaking havoc in the middle, their chances for a deep Playoff run are high. What can the Pacers do against the motivated 76ers?
Host: Indiana Pacers
Visitors: Philadelphia 76ers
Match Timing: 6 April, @ 04:30 AM
Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse
The Pacers come into this game after losing to the Pistons 117:121 despite Tyrese Haliburton’s 17 assists performance.
The Pacers have been abysmal this season and it seems like they have no shot at winning any game especially when Malcolm Brogdon is out. The team defense hasn’t been up-to-the-point and at this point, the team is made up of mostly first or second-year players. Even though the season was a disappointment, acquiring Tyrese Haliburton for Domantas Sabonis can be called a suave move in the long term.
Indiana will have the work cut out during the offseason and will need to plant some young players into the lineup as currently, much of the burden is on a few players. Myles Turner will be huge next season in the middle as a floor-stretcher and defender. Perhaps TJ Warren can fix the wing issues when he is healthy but the team will need more depth to become completive. Will the next season be a rebuilding one or will the team make a run for the Playoffs.
The Sixers enter the game after defeating the Cavaliers 112:108 as Joel Embiid dropped 44 points.
The 76ers have been receiving elite production from Joel Embiid all season long. The Center has been in the running for the MVP and thanks to him, the 76ers’ lack of efficiency can be covered, the rebounding remains elite and the defense is tight in various ways. His pairing with James Harden seems to be working and Harden will be huge during the Playoffs, though his shooting efficiency has been off all season long
The role of Maxey and Harris can’t be stressed enough. With a next-to-nothing bench, the 76ers depend a lot upon these two and they haven’t been in full flow at times which brought a three-game losing streak. The bench consists of sharpshooter Georges Niang and defensive wing Danny Green, who share minutes with another pesky defender in Matisse Thybulle. The trouble for the 76ers during the Playoffs will be achieving a better balance on the scoring sheet, which has been an issue even in the main five.
Indiana Pacers (Eliminated from Playoffs race) | Philadelphia 76ers (4th in East)
Games: 79 | 78
Wins: 25 | 48
Defeats: 54 | 30
Indiana Pacers Team News
Pacers Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Oshae Brissett
Middle: C: Goga Bitadze
Guards: SG: Buddy Hield | PG: Tyrese Haliburton | PG: Malcolm Brogdon (QUESTIONABLE) / Terry Taylor
BENCH: Justin Anderson, Isaiah Jackson, Jalen Smith, Lance Stephenson, DeJon Jarreau, Keifer Sykes, Duane Washington Jr.
Philadelphia 76ers Team News
Sixers Expected Starting Five
Forward: PF: Tobias Harris
Middle: C: Joel Embiid
Guards: SG: Matisse Thybulle | PG: James Harden| PG: Tyrese Maxey
BENCH: Georges Niang, Furkan Korkmaz, Paul Millsap, DeAndre Jordan, Isaiah Joe, Aaron Henry, Charles Bassey, Charlie Brown Jr., Braxton Key, Myles Powell, Aaron Johnson.
Point Guard Haliburton has become one of the best playmakers in the league at such a young age and if his offense next season, he can be a Darius Garland type of Guard. He has mostly been in 19-25 points, 12-13 assists, and 3-5 rebounds range. He can be considered as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-50
Center Embiid continues to leave his imprints on both ends of the floor and he has been one of the frontrunners for the MVP award. He has mostly been in 30+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 1+ blocks/steals range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 44-60
Off-guard Buddy has been an all-around presence and has expanded his game when getting a bunch of minutes with the Pacers. He has mostly been in 14-20 points, 4-5 rebounds, and 4-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34
Off-guard James has been a bit off in terms of shooting in some games but his ability to get to the free-throw line, dish high-yielding assists, and clamp rebounds make it up. He has usually been in 20-26 points, 8-12 assists, and 7-10 rebounds range
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-52
Wing Oshae has raised his game in the second half of the season and his numbers are way up since Domantas Sabonis was traded. He has mostly been in 13-20 points, 6-10 rebounds, and 1-4 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
Harris’ numbers are down ever since Harden has come to the team but he has still been a major influence. He has mostly been in 11-17 points and 4-8 rebounds range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-26
PG: D Washington
SG: J Harden(PP), T Haliburton
SF: M Thybulle
PF: I Jackson, T Taylor
C: J Embiid(SP) , G Bitadze
Wouldn’t it be fun to watch Joel Embiid dominating the opposition or Tyrese Haliburton working his magic? In a piece of discouraging news for Indian NBA fans, you can’t catch this game on the streaming services JIO TV and Voot, two official streaming platforms for NBA games in India. What can you do then? I recommend purchasing the annual subscription (599 rupees per year) in the NBA League Pass and you can both watch live games and also go through the full game replays. To know the scores, news, stats, and other NBA stuff, go to the official website of the NBA.