LAC vs UTA Dream11: The ups-and-downs of the NBA are tricky to navigate at times. A team can go on a hot streak and then cool down considerably, thus making it difficult to judge at times, what rhythm a team will display during a particular game. However, that challenge has been continuous since the beginning of the league and it is all about rhythm in the end. And in this game, two out-of-rhythm teams will meet as the Los Angeles Clippers will meet the Utah Jazz.
The Clippers have lost their way as their main scorers have cooled down a lot and that has resulted in some sub-par offensive performances, at this rate, the team will enter in a poor rhythm during the Play-in tournament, in full danger of being knocked out by a team like the Timberwolves that will come with better confidence.
For the Utah Jazz, this second half of the month has been traumatic and they have lost four in a row. Much of the reason for the losses has been poor shooting performances, largely caused by the absence of wing Bojan Bogdanovic, but honestly, the Jazz’s season in the second half has been in contrast to the first half.
Host: LA Clippers
Visitors: Utah Jazz
Match Timing: 30 March, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Crypto.com Arena
The Clippers come into this game after a tough 97:122 loss versus the 76ers as their offense collapsed completely
The Clippers have been unable to do what they did earlier in the season, i.e. get out of a losing streak. They had to undergo a tough schedule and after a lax period where they beat some sub-par 50% teams, their rhythm has been done and dusted. Earlier, the team was able to stay up against high-octane teams like Mavericks, but lately, they have been exposed on both ends of the floor. Much of the reason for the earlier success was the form of Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson, but both those players have been in a cold spell which has resulted in the team starting on a slow note. Mann, Covington, Coffey, and Hartenstein have done well in the bench role but even Ivica Zubac has fallen off a bit. The team can’t win unless Reggie Jackson or Marcus Morris start pumping some quality production.
Utah Jazz lost to the Dallas Mavericks 100:114 as their offense completely collapsed in the second half
Contrary to the first half of the season, when the Jazz was winning around 70% of their games, the second half of the season has been brutal on the squad. Losing Bojan Bogdanovic has completely exposed the Forward position while the inefficiency of Mike Conley has also hurt the scoring balance. Donovan Mitchell has had to carry extra weight but there is only so much a player can do. The Jazz has been turned off on the offensive end lately and their inability to field a strong opposition has made them lose the fourth spot to the Mavericks at the moment. With just a few games remaining in the season, the Jazz will need a strong effort or they will stare at the first round exit, mostly likely by the hand of the fourth-placed Mavericks or the third-placed Warriors.
LA Clippers (8th spot in West) | Utah Jazz (5th in West)
Games: 75 | 75
Wins: 36 | 45
Defeats: 39 | 30
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: Amir Coffey | PG: Reggie Jackson
BENCH: Terance Mann, Robert Covington, Luke Kennard, Isaiah Hartenstein, Brandon Boston Jr.
Utah Jazz Team News
Jazz Expected Starting Five
Frontline: F: Juancho Hernangomez / Bojan Bogdanovic | PF: Royce O’Neale | C: Rudy Gobert (Game-Time Decision)
Guards: SG: Donovan Mitchell | PG: Mike Conley
BENCH: Jordan Clarkson, Rudy Gay, Eric Paschall, Trent Forrest, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Hassan Whiteside.
Guard Jackson has been doing a wonderful job and has been the leading scorer and playmaker for the team for most parts, however, he has hit a cold stretch. For the season, the guard has mostly been in 14-21 points and 5-9 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-28
Guard Donovan has been unable to carry his team to victories recently but he is the ace for this team. He has mostly been in 26-31 points, 4-7 assists, and 5-6 rebounds range. He is usually a candidate for Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-52
Mann has been an effective two-way presence, doing a great job as a dynamic scorer, rebounder, and playmaker. He has mostly been in 12-18 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-33
Clarkson is the reigning Sixth Player of the Year and has done an incredible job as a scorer, but his efficiency has been a bit down. Jordan has mostly been in 14-19 points , 4-6 rebounds, and 3-6 assists range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32
Center Ivica has been getting it done for most parts but he is not as consistent as the team needs to be. The Center has mostly been in 6-9 points and 5-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-30
Mike’s numbers are down compared to last season and that has also effected the win/loss column for the Jazz lately. The Guard has mostly been in 9-14 points, 4-7 assists, and 1-3 steal range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
PG: J Clarkson(PP), D Mitchell(SP)
SG: M Conley
SF: R Covington, T Mann
PF: M Morris
C: I Zubac, I Hartenstein
(Lineup may be updated)
Isn’t it fun to see Donovan Mitchell going at it on the offensive end? In not the most encouraging piece of news for India-based NBA viewers, this match can’t be witnessed on streaming services JIO TV and Voot, the two designated streaming platforms for viewers in India. So what can you do to catch all the action on in the rest of the league? Access or download the NBA League Pass and buy the annual subscription (599 rupees per year) that gives you access to all live games while you also can catch the full game replay if you are not able to watch the live stream. To know the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.