LAC vs NYK Dream11: Here we are again, discussing the NBA as the world has been in a turbulent state for years, first COVID, now the Russian invasion, the list only keeps on increasing. Yet, the NBA players, coaches, fans, writers, and readers have no time to contemplate all those matters with the long list of games every day and the motion of the league has kept on. And as long as the ball hits the floor, for now, I will be here, at your service, relating the information. Now, I see myself more as someone who only covers the fantasy aspect of the game, I want to dive into multiple details regarding the teams, players, and the overall complexion of the game. This brings me into the game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks.
The Clippers have done a great job in terms of staying afloat despite a number of injuries this season. The veteran unit led by coach Ty Lue has shown that you can win in this league without superstars or even star players. The scoring balance of this team and the highly improved defense has taken them to the top-eight ranking and in running for the top-six race, but yes, that is a long distance away as of now.
Talking about the top-six race, the Knicks are not even in the Eastern Conference top-ten race. Their season is in tatters. They have lost seven games in a row and they keep on sliding with each week. This has been a tough season for the Knicks fans and watching them gets horrid at times considering how they build leads only to end up losing in the end. Perhaps, big changes are coming during the offseason.
Host: LA Clippers
Visitors: New York Knicks
Match Timing: 7 March, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Crypto.com Arena
Clippers: My favorite team right now
No, I am not a Clippers fan, I am not even a fan of any team in the NBA. As a writer, analyst, and as someone who covers all the 30 teams that play 82 games each during the season, you do develop some sort of relationship with these teams, no matter if they are in the top ranking or the bottom spots. I know for many, it is about a deep postseason run while the championship is the way to gauge the success of a team, I will give the Clippers, the team of the season award. Sounds strange, right? Imagine first losing your ace player(Kawhi Leonard) then your second-best player(Paul George), then your newly acquired primary offensive option(Norman Powell). Then you are at a point, where you are three games above the 50% win mark.
I mean look at the Lakers, a team just below, a superstar-laden team, below the 50% win mark! The Clippers have a highly balanced unit. Reggie Jackson has been running the show with the ball and after an inefficient December and so-so January, he is playing at a high level both as a scorer and playmaker. Ivica Zubac has done a great job in the middle and has played his best basketball this season in terms of scoring and rebounding. Meanwhile, Marcus Morris has done a great job as the perimeter shooter while off-guard Terance Mann has done a great job as a two-way threat. On the other hand, the bench has been elevated too with the inclusion of Robert Covington who was a great pick-up during the trade for Powell. Kennard, Hartenstein, and Coffey are terrific bench players.
Knicks: A highly frustrating season for Julius and co.
If there was a “Who can Slide Further” award, the Knicks are surely in contention with the Lakers. Another team that came into this season with huge expectations and not only they have fallen short of the expectations, but the team’s relationship with the fanbase has also totally blown up. How strange is it that Julius Randle who was a fan favorite after he put together a brilliant campaign last season has exchanged back-and-forth with fans all season long? This is not a great sign for Julius Randle’s future with the Knicks and I am sure there are a bunch of teams that can utilize his services. This is a concern for the Knicks management who thought that the duo of Barrett and Randle are the faces of the Franchise.
Talking about the Knicks, I think the team has lacked a playmaking guard who can also hit the outside jumper consistently. A player like Schroeder could have helped them(Yes, he has had a tough season but that is because of his role I feel than the actual skillset). Barrett has been soaring as a scorer but his shot-selection still needs a lot of work. Evan Fournier has also struggled with consistency while the promising Obi Toppin has also suffered due to the lack of spacing and playmaking, not even being a regular rotation player at this point. Burks keep misfiring, Quickley is inconsistent, Reddish doesn’t get many minutes while Center Mitchell Robinson also needs a high-yielding playmaker alongside him. The Knicks are in total disarray as of now.
New York Knicks | LA Clippers
Games: 63| 65
Wins: 25 | 34
Defeats: 38 | 31
New York Knicks Team News
Knicks Expected Starting Five
Middle: C: Mitchell Robinson | PF: Julius Randle
Guards: SG: Alec Burks | SG: Evan Fournier | SG: RJ Barrett
BENCH: Immanuel Quickley, Cam Reddish, Nerlens Noel, Miles McBride, Taj Gibson, Jericho Sims.
Los Angeles Clippers Team News:
Clippers Expected Starting Five
Big Forward: PF: Nicolas Batum
Wing SF: Marcus Morris Sr.
Middle: C: Ivica Zubac
Guards: SG: Terance Mann | PG: Reggie Jackson
BENCH: Amir Coffey, Robert Covington, Luke Kennard, Isaiah Hartenstein, Jay Scrubb, Moses Wright, Brandon Boston Jr.
Randle has been a strong all-around presence but his production is a bit down compared to last season. Julius has usually been in the 16-21 points, 7-11 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range. He can be chosen as the Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scene.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-50
Reggie is a high-quality Point Guard who has increased his output during the winning streak of the team. The primary ball-handler has been in the 17 points or more, 6-9 assists and 5-9 rebounds range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-46
Off-guard RJ has done a great job as a scorer recently but he has the tendency to misfire from the field time and time again. However, he has been a strong scorer, usually being in the 20-30 points, 5-9 rebounds, and 5-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-50
Marcus Morris Sr.(LAC)
Marcus has been doing a great job at the wing position, and his isolation perimeter scoring is always a pleasure to watch. The veteran wing has lodged a 13-18 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-28
Center Zubac has done a great job recently and his rebounding and scoring have picked up along with his defense after he was being so-so in the middle. The big has accumulated usually 13-19 points, 9-15 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-34
Alec Burks (NYK)
While Burks has struggled in terms of efficiency, his play has improved a bit in terms of his all-around game. The veteran Guard has mostly been in the 9-12 points and 5-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-38
LAC vs NYK Dream11 Lineup Balancers
LAC vs NYK Dream11 Team
PG: R Jackson(PP)
SG: I Quickley
SF: R Covington, T Mann, R Barrett
PF: J Randle(SP)
C: I Zubac, M Robinson
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Reggie Jackson’s lovely finishes, Marcus Morris’ strong high-post game, Randle’s tenacity, Barrett’s rise, Zubac’s low-block game, there is a lot to catch up on this game? And guess what NBA viewers in India, I have great info! You can catch this game on the two official NBA streaming platforms in form of Voot and JIO TV. However, TV channels MTV and VH1 will not be fielding this game. To know the score, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.