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| On Apr 9, 2022 5:54 PM IST

MEM vs NOP Dream11 Prediction NBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans


MEM vs NOP Dream11: NBA Regular Season is going to be gone in just a couple of days and as we head into the Playoffs, we will first be given a tasty starter in the form of the Play-in tournament. In the Western Conference, the Phoenix Suns have established their dominance and will end up as the top team and will be the team to beat in the Postseason. And who is right behind them? It is the Memphis Grizzlies, a team that will take on the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Grizzlies will enter the Playoffs on a high note and Ja Morant will have some days to recover before the First Round begins. Memphis has built elite depth and we can see different players stepping up their games during different scenarios.

On the other hand, the Pelicans have been playing their best basketball during the last quarter of the season and much of the improvement has come on the defensive end. The team began on a slow note, and without Zion, but the Pelicans have done a terrific job to get where you are.

Host: Memphis Grizzlies
Visitors: New Orleans Pelicans

Match Timing: 10 April, @ 03:30 AM
Venue: Fed Ex Forum

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Grizzlies lost to the Nuggets 109:122 in the last game as no player could even go past the 14 points mark

The Grizzlies did lose to the Nuggets in the last game but that doesn’t mean that they will be too hurt by that. The team has learned to win without Ja Morant and it was the absence of Morant earlier, that sparked the flames of elite basketball among Bane, Brooks, Jackson, Tyus, Adams, Williams, Anderson, Clarke, Konchar, and Melton picked up their game. The Grizzlies have terrific depth on the bench and can deploy effective units.

They will face either Timberwolves or Clippers in the Playoffs, and both match-ups can be tricky but on the defensive end, while the Grizzlies are better than the Wolves, their offense is better than the Clippers. However, none of the Timberwolves and Clippers have been as consistent on both ends as the Grizzlies but the Timberwolves’ style of offense means that the Grizzlies will have to make their shots on a consistent basis. Anyway, no matter who they face, they will enter as favorites.

The Pelicans defeated the Trail Blazers 127:94 as CJ McCollum dropped 23 points

The Pelicans will enter the Play-in tournament with high confidence and that is mostly due to their much-improved defense while also getting a chunk of shooting from CJ McCollum. The duo of CJ and Brandon has been working out because both players are willing passers, and can score in isolation situations while bringing a lot of other skills to the table. However, Jonas Valanciunas deserve equal credit for being available for 90% of the games and supplying wonderful rebounding, scoring, and help defense.

Herbert Jones has been a terrific wing defender and provides terrific balance as the slasher. Jaxson Hayes is not a consistent scorer but when he does get going, terrific things happen for the Pels. Larry Nance’s return has solidified the Forward position but the team needs more from Devonte Graham, whose shooting touch keeps disappearing. The Guard depth is suspect for the team and that can hold the team back in the Postseason.

Memphis Grizzlies (2nd in West) | New Orleans Pelicans (9th in West)
Games: 80 | 80
Wins: 55 | 36
Defeats: 25 | 44

Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

New Orleans Pelicans News

  • Zion Williamson is OUT for the game and his status remains unclear.
  • Brandon Ingram is QUESTIONABLE for the game
  • Kira Lewis Jr. is OUT for the season

Pelicans Expected Starting Five

All-Around Wing: SF: Brandon Ingram
Defensive Forward: F: Herbert Jones
Slasher: PF/C: Jaxson Hayes
Rebounding specialist C: Jonas Valanciunas
Scoring and Playmaking Guard: SG: CJ McCollum PG: Devonte Graham(If Ingraham doesn’t play)

BENCH: Devonte Graham, Larry Nance Jr., Gary Clarke, Naji Marshall, Jose Alvarado, Willy Hernangomez, Trey Murphy III, Garrett Temple, Wenyen Gabriel.

Memphis Grizzlies News

  • Ja Morant OUT for the game and his time to return is unclear.
  • Tyrell Terry, Jarrett Culver, Killian Tille are OUT for the game

Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Defensive Specialist: PF: Jaren Jackson Jr
Rebounding Specialist: C: Steven Adams
Two-way Wing: SF: Dillon Brooks
Scoring Guard: SG: Desmond Bane
Leading Playmaker: PG: Tyus Jones

BENCH: Brandon Clarke, DeAnthony Melton, John Konchar, Yves Pons, Xavier Tillman, Ziairie Williams, Santi Aldama.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Brandon Ingram(NOP)
Ingram has struggled a bit offensively since his injury but he has still been a huge influence, making the Pelicans a better unit as an all-around squad. He has been in 19-26 points, 6-8 rebounds, and 5-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-56

Desmond Bane(MEM)
Points: 14
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 02
Steals: 03
Blocks: 01

Guard Desmond is one of the best sharpshooters in the league and the fact that he can make a ton of threes at a high percentage is a scary one. He has mostly been in 20-23 points, 3-5 assists, and 2-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-37

CJ McCollum(NOP)
Points: 23
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 07
Steals: 03
Off-guard CJ has done a great job as the scorer while being a terrific playmaker and also fighting it out on the defensive end. The Guard has mostly been in 23-25 points, 4-7 assists, and 2-3 steals range. He can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-52

Jonas Valanciunas(NOP)
Points: 14
Rebounds: 08
Assists: 02
Center Valanciunas has done his bit as a scorer, rebounder, and help defender. He will play a huge role in the Play-in tournament. He has mostly been in 14-19 points and 9-12 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-32

Jaren Jackson(MEM)
Points: 10
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 01
Steals: 01
Blocks: 01
Power Forward Jaren has been getting it done on both ends of the floor and he is a candidate for the Defensive Player of the Year award. The PF has mostly been in 15-20 points, 5-7 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks/steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34

Dillon Brooks(MEM)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 01
Assists: 02
Steals: 01
Blocks: 01
Two-way wing Brooks has been huge for the team and he keeps on being a strong scorer. The SF has mostly been in 19-21 points, 3-6 rebounds, and 2-4 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-35


  • Steven Adams(MEM) had 2 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists in the last game. Big Adams has been a huge difference-maker, being one of the elitest offensive rebounders. He has mostly been in 4-8 points, 8-13 rebounds, 3-5 assists, and 1-3 steals/blocks range.
  • Herbert Jones(NOP) had 9 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block in the last game. Wing Jones has been a terrific defensive player, mostly being in 7-9 points and 1+ steal range while grabbing 5 or more rebounds every now and then.
  • Jaxson Hayes(NOP) had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game. Jaxson has done a great job as a starter and brings a lot of athleticism. He has mostly been in 11-12 points and 4+ rebounds range mostly.
  • De’Anthony Melton(MEM) had 11 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 block in the last game. Guard Melton has been terrific off the bench, mostly being in 11-17 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 3-4 assists range.
  • Larry Nance Jr(NOP) had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Larry has bolstered the Forward depth and has been in 8-12 points and 4-5 rebounds range.
  • Brandon Clarke(MEM) had 11 points, 2 rebounds in the last game. SF Brandon has mostly been in 10-13 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
  • Willy Hernangomez(NOP) had 17 points, 14 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game. Center Willy’s numbers depend upon how close the game is, usually being in 5-9 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
  • Kyle Anderson(MEM) had 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal in the last game. SF Anderson has been getting it done off the bench, mostly being in 4-8 points,4-6 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
  • Tyus Jones(MEM) had 5 points, 4 assists in the last game. Guard Tyus has been a big influence, especially as a playmaker, mostly being in 9-14 points and 4-7 assists range.
  • Jose Alvarado(NOP) had 7 points, 9 assists, 4 steals in the last game. Guard Jose has seen a reduction in his minutes, mostly being in 2-4 points range these days.
  • Devonte Graham (NOP) had 6 points, 5 assists, 2 steals in the last game. Devonte’s numbers are WAY DOWN in the second half of the season, mostly being in 5-6 points and 1-2 assists range.

MEM vs NOP Dream11 Team

(If Ingram plays)
PG: T Jones
SG: C McCollum(PP), D Melton
SF: B Ingram(SP), D Bane
PF: J Hayes, J Jackson
C:   S Adams

(If Ingram doesn’t play)
PG: T Jones
SG: C McCollum(SP), D Melton
SF: D Bane
PF: J Hayes, J Jackson(PP)
C:   J Valanciunas, S Adams

Where to watch NBA Live Score?

Would you like to watch Jonas Valanciunas take on another strongly built Center Steven Adams? In an encouraging piece of news for Indian NBA fans, this game can be viewed through the official streaming services. The two designated Indian streaming platforms Voot and JIOTV are going to showcase this game. However, I still believe that the best method to get plugged into all the NBA games is by buying the annual subscription to the NBA League Pass which provides you access to all the live streams and full game replays too. To know the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.

Shubham Singh

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