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LAC vs NOP Dream11 Prediction NBA Live, Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for LA Clippers vs New Orleans Pelicans

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LAC vs NOP Dream11: As the NBA Play-in tournament reaches its concluding stages we are heading towards the Playoffs. The eighth spot is open for the two remaining Play-in squads and in the second part of the doubleheader, Western Conference teams Los Angeles Clippers and the New Orleans Pelicans will meet here.

The Clippers blew a golden chance to seize the seventh spot as the Timberwolves downed them in the fourth quarter. The Clippers gave a great fight but now they will have to beat the Pelicans in the elimination game to advance ahead. With George back in the picture, they look better on both ends but the Pels are on fire these days.

The Pelicans defeated the Spurs 113:103 in the last game as McCollum rained in 32 points. Since McCollum has been a part of the Pels, they have done a terrific job on both ends of the floor. He has a strong team around him and they can notch the eighth spot if they make a huge push away from home.

Host: Los Angeles Clippers
Visitors: New Orleans Pelicans

Match Timing: 16 April, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Staples Center

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Challenges for both squads
The first four Play-in games have been won by teams that have had the home-court advantage and the Pelicans will not be having the advantage this time around. The Clippers will have the crowd behind them and they could have surely used that energy against the Timberwolves, a game that got away from them during the clutch situation. Apart from that, the Pelicans’ perimeter defense will have the hands full with Paul George and perhaps the young Forward Herbert Jones is going to draw that match-up.

For the Clippers, containing CJ McCollum can be a challenge, especially after he had a 32 points outing. The other challenge is Brandon Ingram who also sparked for a 27 points performance. Both these players are also capable of making tough passes, so that is why the Pelicans’ offense has been clicking. However, that is not all, another area where the Pelicans can draw an advantage is the Center position where Jonas Valanciunas is coming off 20+ points and 10+ rebounds night, while Clippers’ Ivica Zubac has been doing well, he hasn’t been as consistent as Jonas.

Norman Powell gives the Clippers bench an edge as the Pelicans outside of Jose Alvarado have not been able to make a deep dent. Robert Covington also comes with rebounding and defensive principles. The rebounding battle can be close here but I believe the challenge for the Pelicans will be also taking care of Reggie Jackson, who has been amazing during the Postseason scenario. The Pelicans will need more out of Jaxson Hayes here to get some inside production while Herbert Jones’ main job will be taking care of the defensive end.

Fantasy-related tips
The ace for the Clippers will be Paul George and the Pelicans have two major options in CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram. Valanciunas has been a more consistent producer in the Center position whereas Ivica Zubac can still give decent production. Norman Powell will be huge off the bench and he can give a more than decent amount of offense and I believe he will be ready to pop off in this big game. Morris, Batum, Hayes, and Herbert can act as the more than decent fillers in the fantasy-related lineups.

Performance Predictions
Highest Scorer: CJ McCollum: 29
Highest rebounder: Jonas Valanciunas: 14
Highest assists maker: CJ McCollum: 8
Score Prediction: Pelicans 114 Clippers 108

Los Angeles Clippers vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Los Angeles Clippers Team News

  • Paul George has been ruled OUT.
  • Luke Kennard is QUESTIONABLE
  • Kawhi Leonard is OUT and he may not even return this season.
  • Jay Scrubb is OUT for the game and he is unlikely to return this season.
  • Norman Powell is DOUBTFUL for the game.
  • Jason Preston is OUT and he may be done for the season.

Clippers Expected Starting Five
Defensive Forward: PF: Nicolas Batum
Perimeter Wing Scorer: Marcus Morris Sr.
Inside Presence: C: Ivica Zubac
Athletic Guard: Terance Mann
Scoring and Playmaking Guard: PG: Reggie Jackson

BENCH: Robert Covington, Luke Kennard, Isaiah Hartenstein, Amir Coffey.

New Orleans Pelicans News

  • Zion Williamson is OUT for the game and perhaps will not return this season.
  • Kira Lewis Jr. remains OUT for the season.

Pelicans Expected Starting Five

Athletic Forward: PF: Jaxson Hayes
Defensive Forward: F: Herbert Jones
Rebounding Specialist: C: Jonas Valanciunas
All-around Wing: SF: Brandon Ingram
Scoring Guard: G: CJ McCollum

BENCH: Devonte Graham, Gary Clarke, Naji Marshall, Jose Alvarado, Willy Hernangomez, Trey Murphy III, Garrett Temple.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Paul George(LAC)
Points: 34
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 05
Steals: 03

As expected, off-guard George had a huge night in the last Play-in game versus the Timberwolves and he is one of the best two players. I expect a 28-35 points, 6-8 rebounds, 5-7 assists, and 1-4 steals range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 42-54

CJ McCollum(NOP)
Points: 32
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 07
Blocks: 01

Guard CJ has been a huge influence both as a scorer and playmaker and there is no doubt that the trade to bring him in has propelled the Pelicans to the current situation. He was red-hot versus the Spurs and he can be in 26-32 points and 5-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-52

Reggie Jackson(LAC)
Points: 17
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 05
Premium Guard Reggie struggled to finish the Regular Season and he has risen his game during the Postseason, as indicated in the last game. Expect a 15-20 points and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 2

Brandon Ingram(NOP)
Points: 27
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 05
Wing Ingram showed his full prowess in the last game and has been an essential part of the Pels’ setup. The highly springy wing can be in 22-28 points, 4-6 assists, and 5-7 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-50

Ivica Zubac(LAC)
Points: 07
Rebounds: 09
Assists: 01
Blocks: 02
Middle player Ivica has done a great job as a rebounder but he will need to pick his scoring further. Zubac can be in 9-14 points and 7-12 rebounds range along with 1-2 blocks.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-28

Jonas Valanciunas(NOP)
Points: 22
Rebounds: 14
Assists: 02
Blocks: 02
Steals: 01

Sturdily built Center Jonas was a god-sent to the Pels in the offseason and what a fantastic rebounding and scoring season he has had. I expect him to be in 17-23 points and 11-15 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-42

LAC vs NOP LINEUP BALANCERS

    • Norman Powell(LAC) had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game. Wing Norman can be once again a huge factor on the offensive end. He can be in 17-23 points range here.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-28
    • Marcus Morris(LAC) had 12 points, 1 assist in the last game. Wing Morris has been a great perimeter scorer this season and can be in 10-15 points range here.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 12-18
    • Herbert Jones(NOP) had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals in the last game. Thanks to wing Herbert, the Pelicans became a better defensive team this season. Expect a 7-13 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks/steals range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-27
    • Jaxson Hayes(NOP) had 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in the last game. Power Forward Jaxson didn’t have a big night against the Spurs, but I expect a 6-9 points and 4-7 rebounds range here.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 11-20
    • Jose Avarado(NOP) had 12 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal in the last game. Point Guard Jose has had a solid season. I expect a 5-9 points and 2-5 assists range here.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-14
    • Naji Marshall(NOP) had 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. Forward Marshall can be in 4-7 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 7-14
    • Nicolas Batum(LAC) had 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal in the last contest. Power Forward Batum has been a consistent defender and can be in 5-8 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-20
    • Robert Covington(LAC) had 9 points, 5 rebounds in the last game. Defensive Forward Covington has been a terrific rebounder and can figure in 6-10 points, 4-8 rebounds, 1-4 blocks range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 12-22
    • Larry Nance Jr.(NOP) had 8 rebounds, 1 block in the last game. Forward Larry had a big rebounding night versus the Spurs but his offense has been off the track. He can be in 3-6 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-15
    • Terance Mann(LAC) had 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks in the last game. Athletic guard Terance has seen reduction in minutes since George and Powell have returned. He can be in 4-7 points range here.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-14
    • Trey Murphy III (NOP) had 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Trey can not end up receiving many minutes here especially if it is a blowout game.
      Expected Fantasy Points Range: 5-10

LAC vs NOP Dream11 Team

(Recommended)
PG: R Jackson
SG: C McCollum(SP)
SF: T Mann, N Batum, B Ingram(PP)
PF: R Covington
C:    I Zubac, J Hayes

(Alternate)
PG: R Jackson, J Alvarado
SG: N Powell, C McCollum(SP)
SF: N Batum
PF: R Covington
C:     J Valanciuas(PP), J Hayes

 

Where to watch NBA Live Score?

Wouldn’t it be fun to watch Paul George go toe-to-toe against Brandon Ingram? There is good news for Indian viewers. The two official streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot are going to display this game while MTV and VH1 will also flash it out. To learn the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the NBA.

Shubham Singh

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