IND vs WAS Dream11: In this classic Eastern Conference matchup, the Indiana Pacers host the Washington Wizards. Pacers are struggling big-time right now, being seven games under the 50% win mark while Washington Wizards despite inconsistencies are four games over the mark.
Pacers have a stacked roster and the guard position is full of dependable scorers. Indiana has not been up-to-the-mark this season despite the scoring galore it can potentially secure and the roster make-up is a far cry from the current record. Time is ticking for this team and we may see some trades being made.
Washington has reversed identity since last season. With Westbrook and Beal in the backcourt, the Wizards were a high-scoring shootout scenario type of team whose defense was one of the worst in the league. This season they have become more defensive-minded and after sacrificing a ton of offense the team has focused on locking down opponents.
Host: Indiana Pacers
Visitors: Washington Wizards
Match Timing: 6 December, @ 04:30 AM
Venue: Scotia Bank Arena
Indiana: Frustrating season despite the talent
With Brogdon and Sabonis, you have two all-around players who are capable shooters and scorers. Caris LeVert can pour in 15-20 points, Duarte falls in the 12-18 points range, Myles Turner provides tremendous inside defense and can also chip in with 12-17 points consistently. Then what is wrong! Indiana has lost many close games, in fact, most of their losses have been between 1-8 points. This squad has been unable to finish games on a high note and really, Indiana should have been much better. I emphasize that in every section because they have a lot to offer on paper. Pacers may make some roster changes before the trade deadline, you can see it coming.
Wizards: Their offense needs to improve
Despite having 14 wins and playing way better than last season, I have some concerns about this team. First, the absence of Rui Hachimura has hurt the offense, and secondly, it is like all of the team has gone ice cold. Beal and Dinwiddie who cracked home 20 or more points consistently early in the season, have been struggling to score, especially Dinwiddie. Beal’s scoring average has come down from 30 to 22 while even the high-producing Harrell has been relegated to single digits scoring too much. Caldwell-Pope is dependable but is not going to give you like 20 points or so regularly while Kyle Kuzma is erratic too when it comes to scoring. Davis Bertans is yet to hit a stride and Daniel Gafford is not much of an enforcer. Sure, defensively the Wizards are stacked but offensively, the team scores under 100 way too many times.
Indiana Pacers| Washington Wizards
Games: 25| 24
Wins: 09| 14
Defeats: 16| 10
Indiana Pacers Team News
Pacers Expected Starting Five
Middle: PF: Domantas Sabonis C: Myles Turner
Guards: SG: Caris LeVert SG: Chris Duarte PG: Malcolm Brogdon
BENCH: Jeremy Lamb, Torrey Craig, Isaiah Jackson, DeJon Jarreau, Goga Bitadze, Kelan Martin, Brad Wanamaker, TJ Warren, Duane Washington Jr.
Washington Wizards Team News
Wizards Expected Starting Five
Frontline: PF: Kyle Kuzma C: Daniel Gafford
Guards: SF: Bradley Beal SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope PG: Spencer Dinwiddie
Beal’s scoring is down this season and sometimes he has scored way too much in the 14-19 points range. Remember Bradley averaged 30 points or so last season so this is really a big reduction scoring-wise.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35
Malcolm Brogdon(IND )
Malcolm Brogdon is a polish all-around guard who leads the Pacers in scoring and assists. On most nights, you can expect 18-22 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 6-8 assists from the guard. He is one of the options for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-43
While more was expected out of Kyle offensively when he came to the Wizards, Kuzma’s rebounding and defense have been there for his team. You can expect 9-15 points, 7-11 rebounds, and 3-5 assists from him.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-30
Domantas Sabonis (IND )
Sabonis is another superb all-around player who can get big on scoring and rebounds. You can expect 18-23 points, 10-15 rebounds, 3-5 assists from the big on most nights.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-50
Harrell is a force as the backup center and earlier in the season scored 15-22 points regularly. He has scored 6 or fewer points in three of the last five games which is a concern as of now.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-33
Myles Turner(IND )
Myles is an exceptionally talented two-way Center whose trademark is shot-blocking. The big can be entrusted for 12-18 points, 6-10 rebounds, and 2-4 blocks on most nights.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
PG: M Brogdon(PP), R Neto
SG: C Duarte
SF: K Caldwell-Pope
PF: D Sabonis(SP), O Brisseett
C: M Turner, M Harrell
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