MIA vs ATL Dream11: The Playoffs have already seen some upsets and the biggest one yet has to be the seventh-seeded Timberwolves’ win against the second-seeded Grizzlies. This is also due to the fact that the Timberwolves were on a high and a five-six day layoff took some steam out of the Grizzlies, a factor that can help the Play-in team. In this game, another team in Atlanta Hawks which qualified through the Play-in tournament will take on the East’s first-seeded Miami Heat.
The Heat had a terrific season and finished the season on a high note. They are a terrific defensive unit and have a beautiful bench unit. The experience of the current core which contains multiple players that have been to the Finals may play a decisive role.
On the other hand, the Hawks first defeated the Hornets, and then they took care of business against the Cavaliers as Trae Young exploded for 38 points and the team erased a substantial deficit in the second half. Will they carry this momentum against the Heat?
Host: Miami Heat
Visitors: Atlanta Hawks
Match Timing: 17 April, @ 10:30 PM
Venue: FTX Arena
The Heat’s specialty is that they have a strong defensive team that can both pin down the perimeter and also seals the paint. The physicality of Tucker and Adebayo drains the energy while the perimeter is sealed by Lowry who is a terrific hustle player and has received great defensive support from Gabe Vincent. Then, of course, having Jimmy Butler, means the team has another brilliant wing defender who can perform athletic maneuvers. It will be interesting to see how the perimeter defense of the Heat tackles Trae Young.
Trae Young has been taking over games through his wonderful offensive skill set and he has been the major difference-maker and the central reason why the Hawks are in the Playoffs. He will need to up his game further versus the Heat but it isn’t like he doesn’t have help around him. Hunter is a terrific slashing wing while Gallinari, Bogdanovic, and Huerter can click on jumpers, with Capela’s inside presence, this makes for a terrific offensive balance and the Hawks can run a variety of sets.
The challenge for the Hawks will be on the defensive end, where they will have to cope against a superb isolation scorer in Butler, rugged inside finisher in Adebayo, sharpshooting Lowry, but perhaps Tyler Herro will give them the biggest trouble and he has been responsible for the team being successful. Duncan Robinson and Max Strus are the floor spreaders but the latter has been more confident these days.
The most prolific scorer can be Trae Young here but he will face multiple troubles shooting against the elite defense of the Heat. However, the Heat must be a bit rusty after the long layoff while Trae was burying jumpers just a couple of days ago. Bam Adebayo is a terrific Center and he will be tough to stop without Clint Capela here. Huerter, Bogdanovic, and Gallinari are interesting filler players from the Hawks where Bogdanovic has been more consistent. Herro is a terrific fantasy option off the bench and he can fetch a ton of points while clinching rebounds and also dishing assists at a higher rate.
Player Performance Predictions
Highest scorer: Tyler Herro: 28
Top assists deliverer: Kyle Lowry: 8
Top Rebounder: Capela: 14
Scoreline Prediction: Heat: 116 Hawks 106
Miami Heat Team News
Heat Expected Starting Five
Two-way Wing: SF: Jimmy Butler
Defensive Specialist: PF: PJ Tucker
Inside Presence: C: Bam Adebayo
Off-the-ball Shooter: SG: Max Strus
Defensive threat and leading playmaker: PG: Kyle Lowry
BENCH: Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, Gabe Vincent, Victor Oladipo, DeWayne Dedmon, Udonis Haslem, Omer Yurtseven, Marcus Garrett, Kyle Guy.
Atlanta Hawks Team News
Hawks Expected Starting Five
Slashing Wing: SF: De’Andre Hunter
Stretch-Four: PF: Danilo Gallinari
Inside Presence: C: Onyeka Okongwu
Sharpshooting Guard: SG: Kevin Huerter
Leading Playmaker and Scorer: PG: Trae Young
BENCH: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Knox II, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarot, Onyeka Okongwu, Delon Wright, Gorgui Dieng, Sharife Cooper, Skyler Mays.
Adebayo will be difficult to stop without Capela and he will be a strong finisher, rebounder, and defensive presence here. He can be in 20-25 points, 9-14 rebounds, 3-5 assists, and 2-3 blocks range. The Center can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-48
PG Trae is one of the best shooters and playmakers in the league and he will not be easy to stop for the Heat, entering the game on a terrific rhythm. He can be in 24-29 points and 6-9 assists range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-40
Two-way wing Butler can notch a bunch of points, clamp down on rebounds, dish a ton of assists, and play an elite level defense. He can be in 22-28 points, 4-7 rebounds/assists range along with 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-39
Tyler is one of the best isolation offensive options in the league and he has the ability to take over games while also being a more than decent playmaker. He can be in 26-32 points, 4-6 rebounds/assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45
Two-guard Bogdan is a brilliant shooter and he has done a great job as the offensive option off the bench, giving the Hawks a multidimensional offensive attack. He can be in 14-19 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-33
Big Forward Danilo has a great shooting stroke from outside and he has been a stabilizing scoring option throughout the season. He can be in 14-19 points and 3-5 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-25
Kyle is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, bringing hustle, playmaking, also above-average scoring to the floor. He can be in 13-18 points, 5-8 assists, 3-6 rebounds, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35
MIA vs ATL Dream11 Team
PG: D Wright, K Lowry, T Young(PP)
SG: T Herro
SF: M Strus
PF: D Gallinari
C: B Adebayo(SP), O Okongwu
PG: D Wright, K Lowry, T Young(PP)
SG: T Herro
SF: J Butler(SP), M Strus
PF: D Gallinari
C: O Okongwu
Will it not be fun watching Trae Young clap some long-distance shots while Kyle Lowry is hell-bent on shutting him down? In not the best piece of news for the India-based NBA fans, this match isn’t available on the two official streaming platforms in the form of Voot and JIO TV. What is the method to watch this? Download or get to the NBA League Pass. If you buy the annual subscription, you need not worry about the Indian platforms to showcase just one game per day and can catch up on the available games. To know the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the NBA.