MEM vs PHX Dream11: Hey NBA fans, how have you been these days? Well, isn’t the league becoming more intense with each day, and as the Playoffs will inch closer, many teams looking to improve their rankings will play at their peak level. It is still unclear what will be the ultimate rankings of most of the squads in the running for the Playoffs, so let us see, how those squads respond with the Regular Season lasting just a few days. In this game, the Phoenix Suns will visit the Memphis Grizzlies in a game between the two best teams in the league.
The Memphis Grizzlies may end up resting Steven Adams, Tyus Jones, Jaren Jackson, and Desmond Bane for this battle which implies they would have to dig deep into the lineup to fill the holes. It is a kind of downer considering they are playing the best team in the league.
The Suns have been an unassailable force throughout the season and no one has been even close to them in most of their games. They have been doing a great job with a much more developed lineup compared to last season and bringing back the same core that led them to the Finals has paid huge dividends.
Host: Memphis Grizzlies
Visitors: Phoenix Suns
Match Timing: 2 April, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Fed Ex Forum
Are these two going to meet in the Conference Finals?
It is a bit disappointing that the Grizzlies can end up resting most of their starters because if they were playing, we could have seen a preview of the Conference Finals. Still, the rest is understandable considering this unit has managed to find holes in opposition and has solidified a second place in the West without Morant in the fray. They are on a six-game winning streak and an extended rest can mean that the team will be fresher come Playoffs time. That is why the rest is also serving as a way to showcase that the management is satisfied with the win count and has full belief the team has secured the first-round advantage till the West Semis at least.
Considering how the season has gone for the two teams involved here, it will not be a surprise if they end up meeting in the Conference Finals. The Suns are the favorite to win the title because of their tantalizing play during the season. They have one of them, if not the best backcourt with Chris Paul and Devin Booker. The development of young players like Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, and Cameron Johnson has been one of the major reasons why the team has built such a terrific record.
The Grizzlies have been one of the deepest teams in the league, and they have been winning more than 80% of their games even without Ja Morant in the lineup. Desmond Bane has emerged as a candidate for the Most Improved Player of the Year Award and is one of the top-five three-point shooters in the league. Jaren Jackson has been a menace on the defensive end while Steven Adams is one of the best rebounders in the league. Dillon Brooks is the icing on the cake as he can craft a ton of points and also play elite defense. The bench of Clarke, Melton, Tyus, Konchar, and Anderson is in itself a strong unit. The Grizzlies match up well against the Suns.
Phoenix Suns (1st in West) | Memphis Grizzlies (2nd in West)
Games: 76 | 77
Wins: 62 | 54
Defeats: 14 | 23
Memphis Grizzlies News
Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Kyle Anderson | SF: Dillon Brooks
Frontline: PF: Brandon Clarke | C: Xavier Tillman
Guards: PG: De’Anthony Melton
BENCH: John Konchar, Jarrett Culver, Dakota Mathias, Killian Tillie.
Phoenix Suns Team News
Suns Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: PF: Jae Crowder | SF: Mikal Bridges
Middle: C: DeAndre Ayton
Guards: SG: Devin Booker | PG: Chris Paul
BENCH: Cameron Payne, Landry Shamet, Elfrid Payton, Cameron Johnson, JaVale McGee, Bismack Biyombo, Ismail Wainright.
CP-3 continues to be a huge factor as the playmaker and also as a late-game scorer, giving his Suns a quality production regularly. He has mostly been in 14-19 points and 8-14 assists range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
Wing Dillon will have an increased role with four of the starters likely being out for the team. He can be expected to be in the 21-26 points range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-37
Guard Booker is having another fantastic scoring season and he has been doing a great job of helping the Suns stack a bunch of points. The off-guard has mostly been in the 26-33 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-45
Guard Melton has upped his game ever since Ja Morant has been out and can end up starting here with four starters likely being out. A 20-27 points range can be expected.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-34
Slashing wing Brandon is expected to start with the Grizzlies resting their players. He has been an athletic presence and can be expected to be in 14-22 points and 4-7 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-28
Center Ayton continues to be a huge factor in the middle with his ability to finish inside, clasp rebounds, and also play great help defense. He has mostly been in 16-21 points and 9-16 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-38
PG: C Paul(SP)
SG: D Booker(PP), K Anderson, D Melton
SF: M Bridges
PF: J Crowder, B Clarke
C: D Ayton
Wouldn’t you love to see young Mikal Bridges performing athletic dunks? But the news for the game for the Indian NBA viewers is not that good. The two designated streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot are not going to showcase this game. So how can you be up-close to this tussle? To watch it, purchase the annual subscription of the NBA League Pass. To learn the scores, news, and stats, go over to the official website of the NBA.