MEM vs NOP Dream11: Nba has moved along despite the threat of the pandemic, the Russian-Ukraine War, and various other conflicts or issues that directly affect the mark. The business model of the NBA has been hellbent on fielding as many games as possible and the players, coach, arena staff, and people associated with it have had to make a ton of adjustments. This is a testament to the hard work of various people who are involved with the league especially the coaches, players, and staff. Anyway, let us delve into the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference scenario.
The Grizzlies have the second-best record in the league and they have done a brilliant job of pushing their agenda on both ends of the floor. With Morant playing like an MVP and the rest of the squad becoming more and more confident, the team can be highly effective even against elite squads.
On the other hand, the Pelicans have been improving with each week after acquiring CJ McCollum in the fray. He and Ingram have formed one of the strongest duos in the league and this team has a high ceiling even if they get smacked out of the Play-in tournament.
Host: Memphis Grizzlies
Visitors: New Orleans Pelicans
Match Timing: 9 March, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: Fed Ex Forum
Match-ups, roster complexion
Grizzlies lineup style: The Grizzlies have been fielding a three-guard, a Power Forward, and a Center lineup. The three guards are Morant, Bane, and Williams, where Morant is the leading scorer and playmaker, Bane provides more than competent shooting while Williams hits a shot here and there too. Jaren Jackson has been struggling to stay on the floor due to intense foul trouble but Steven Adams can also hold the fort as a rebounder and help-defender. In terms of the bench, the team has Jones, Clarke, Anderson, Konchar, and Melton, and trust me all these players can be starters in their own right. The overall balance is brilliant and the team can make a deep run.
Pelicans roster complexion: The Pelicans have a lot of size to offer. They field one guard, two wings, and two bigs in the lineup, making them a lengthy lineup, reminding me of the Cavaliers’ Forward-based lineup. The fact that CJ and Ingram are incredible playmakers helps matters quite a bit as Jones and Hayes can act as slashers while Valanciunas knows how to produce offense for multiple reasons and with Ingram, Jones, Hayes, and Valacniunas the team gets a ton of rebounds. CJ and Ingram have the capability to hit shots in bunches and can take over games. The bench is a huge issue but if Devonte Graham can pick up his production, it will surely help matters.
Match-ups: The Grizzlies and the Pelicans match up well, to be honest. The Grizzlies can negate the size advantage through Jaren Jackson and Steven Adams. Meanwhile, the shot creators Morant and Bane going up against Ingram and CJ will be a decisive match-up and we can see these four exchange shots after shots. The bench advantage certainly belongs to the Grizzlies and they have more overall balance. overall, playing at home, the Grizzlies will have the advantage but watch out for the defense of Herbert Jones!
Memphis Grizzlies | New Orleans Pelicans
Games: 66 | 64
Wins: 44 | 27
Defeats: 22 | 37
New Orleans Pelicans News
Pelicans Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Brandon Ingram | SF/PF: Herbert Jones
Middle: C: Jonas Valanciunas
Guards: SG: CJ McCollum | PG: Devonte Graham
BENCH: Jaxson Hayes, Gary Clarke, Naji Marshall, Jose Alvarado, Willy Hernangomez, Trey Murphy III, Garrett Temple, Wenyen Gabriel.
Memphis Grizzlies News
Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Frontline: PF: Jaren Jackson Jr | C: Steven Adams
Guards: SG: Desmond Bane | PG: Ja Morant | SG: Ziaire Williams
BENCH: Brandon Clarke, DeAnthony Melton, John Konchar, Yves Pons, Xavier Tillman, DeQuan Jeffries, Santi Aldama, Jon Tseke, Jarrett Culver, Dakota Mathias, Killian Tillie.
Guard Ja has been having an MVP type of season and it will not be a surprise if the highly athletic Point Guard ends up winning the award. Morant has mostly been in the 25+ points, 5+ assists, 1+ steals range. He can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-52
Wing Brandon has picked up his game recently and not only he is an incredible scorer, but he also brings tremendous playmaking and rebounding to the plate. Brandon has scored 28 or more in four of the last five games, being in the 5-8 rebounds, and 6-9 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-56
Bane has been a huge difference-maker as the backcourt partner of Morant and has done a wonderful job as the scorer. He has scored 17 or more in three games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-37
CJ has been doing a great job as an isolation scorer and a playmaker, elevating the Pelicans’ offense to a new level. The off-guard has mostly been in 22-32 points, 4-9 assists, and 5-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-48
Center Jonas has done a great job as the all-around scorer and also a rebounder since the beginning of the season. Valanciunas has mostly been in the 17-19 points and 10-14 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-46
Jackson is an athletic big Forward whose foul troubles woes have resurfaced again but when he does play, his impact is huge on both ends. Jaren has been 8-13 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-4 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-34
NOP vs MEM Dream11 Team
PG: T Jones, J Morant(SP)
SG: C McCollum, K Anderson
SF: B Ingram(PP)
PF: W Hernangomez, J Hayes
C: S Adams
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Wouldn’t it be fun to watch McCollum and Ingram got at it against Bane and Morant in a high-scoring battle? Not the best news for Indian fans in the NBA, this match can’t be watched through the official streaming services. The two official Indian streaming platforms Voot and JIOTV are not going to showcase this game. Therefore, I believe that the best way to get plugged into all the NBA games is by purchasing the annual subscription in the NBA League Pass which gives you access to all the live streams and full game replays too. To learn the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.