The NBA Preseason is in full flair right now and the head twirling combinations put on by coaches also stack up. In this game, two contenders in Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns fight it out. More about LAL vs PHX Dream11 will be given below.
Preseason games see a lot of wayward minutes and superstars either playing for a less duration or skipping the game altogether. For the coaches, this is an opportunity to test out the bench strength and make a final list of players before heading into the season.
Lakers management did its part in the offseason, making effectively the oldest roster in the league. The team lured Russell Westbrook to form a big three along with LeBron and Davis. The team also got the veteran Forward Carmelo Anthony, veteran big Dwight Howard for his third stint, Rajon Rondo for his second stint, Ariza for his second stint. Management also added Malik Monk to address the much talked about lack of shooting.
Suns come into the season after an impressive NBA Finals campaign. The team fell two wins short of winning the championship but it also means that there is pressure of performing like that once again. Suns’ management acquired guard Elfrid Payton and added veteran center JaVale McGee to the roster. Can Suns’ repeat the success of last season again?
Home: Phoenix Suns
Visitors: Los Angeles Lakers
Match Timing: 07 October, @ 03:30 AM
Venue: Footprint Center
The contest will take place at the Footprint Center, which is the home floor for the Suns.
Los Angeles Lakers| Phoenix Suns
Games: 01| 01
Wins: 00 | 00
Defeats: 01| 01
Talen Horton-Tucker played his part well in the last game.
Jalen Smith notched a double-double in the last match.
*stats from last game*
Led his team in scoring during the last game. A sharp-shooter who will play a huge role going forward in the season. He is a candidate as the Super/Pro Player in the Dream11 Fantasy NBA scenario.
May receive a ton of minutes with Westbrook being out for the game. Provides depth at guard and is highly versatile.
Nunn is a dynamic PG and a great signing by the Lakers. Led his team in rebounds during the last game.
Did his job in the last game. Always a great presence as the big.
May gradually see an increase in minutes in the preseason but will regularly play 30-40 minutes when healthy in the main show during the Regular Season.
Led his team in rebounds in the last game Sophomore looked hungry in the last game and showed more physicality than before. Will aim for a back-up Center spot this season.
The bench player will aim for a bigger role this season. Led his team in steals during the last match
How will the veteran guard carve out minutes with Payne also playing back-up PG? Provides decent scoring and quality playmaking. A decent defender too.
Played a terrific backup role at PG position last season. Led the team in assists during the last game.
A highly reliable Center option off the bench. McGee can eat up minutes as the backup and Jalen Smith will need to compete with him. Interesting situation developing between a veteran and a sophomore.
C: Dwight Howard
PF: Anthony Davis
SF: Kent Bazemore
SG: Malik Monk
PG: Talen Horton-Tucker
BENCH: LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Wayne Ellington, Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, DeAndre Jordan, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Nunn, Chaundee Brown Jr., Mac McClung, Trevelin Queen, Austin Reaves, Joel Ayayi.
• LeBron James will sit out again.
• DeAndre Jordan MAY not play in the game.
• Russell Westbrook is not going to play in this game.
• Trevor Ariza is out with an injury.
Los Angeles Lakers Squad: LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Malik Monk, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Kent Bazemore, Trevor Ariza, DeAndre Jordan, Wayne Ellington, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn, Rajon Rondo, Chaundee Brown Jr., Mac McClung, Trevelin Queen, Austin Reaves, Joel Ayayi.
PF: Miles Bridges
SF: Jae Crowder
C: DeAndre Ayton
SG: Chris Paul
PG: Cameron Payne
BENCH: Frank Kaminsky, Jalen Smith, Abdul Nader, Chandler Hutchinson, JaVale McGee, Elfrid Payton, Chasson Randle, Cameron Johnson, Dario Saric, Devin Booker, Landry Shamet.
• Devin Booker will rest for this game
• Dario Saric will not play in the game and be out for the long term
Phoenix Suns Squad: Cameron Payne, Miles Bridges, Cameron Johnson, DeAndre Ayton, Landry Shamet, Frank Kaminsky, Jalen Smith, Abdul Nader, Chandler Hutchinson, JaVale McGee, Elfrid Payton, Chasson Randle, Jae Crowder, Dario Saric, Devin Booker, Chris PaulCheck out Fantasy Cricket articles here!
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