MIA vs DAL Dream11: NBA is an exciting league and we keep seeing scintillating games each day. And well, with the league heading towards the postseason window, there has been a sense of desperation among numerous teams. And why not! Playoffs spots are at stake and there are many suitors in a league that contains 30 teams with each playing 82 games. This is why you see a lot of ups and downs throughout the season. Now, let us jump into this exciting contest between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks.
The Heat has won five in a row and I can’t stress enough how much their depth has made them get at the top of the East. The best part about the Heat is that they have a lot of experience backed up by young players. Erick Spoelstra-led squad plays high-quality defense and has been doing a brilliant job of identifying different offensive options throughout the season.
While there is no doubt that Luka Doncic defines the Mavs squad, their defense has been a major reason for their elevation to a high-ranked team. Dorian Finney-Smith has been a prime mover on the defensive end and Jason Kidd has been doing a wonderful job as a coach. The Mavs are making a strong push right now and the other squads in the West will have to be wary of them.
Host: Miami Heat
Visitors: Dallas Mavericks
Match Timing: 16 February, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: FTX Arena
Heat: An undeterred spirit in the Wild Wild East
The Eastern Conference has grown, there is no doubt that. The race for the top spot in the Conference is surely a wild goose chase at this point as there are as many as six contenders to finish at the top at this point. There is no doubt that the current champions Bucks are in for a tough this season and with the expansion of the sixth-eleventh ranked squads, the competition is becoming stiffer in the Wild Wild East. This is why it is essential to have a strong bench as the injuries threat looms large over the league.
And this is where Heat has made major headways, even their deep bench players, who are lodging no minutes at present have stepped up to the plate time and time again. With Butler, Adebayo, Tucker, Robinson, and Lowry, there is no shortage of hustle-based players while the defense is both strong inside and outside. Meanwhile, the bench led by Herro and backed up by Strus, Dedmon, and Vincent provides versatile combinations. This team has a number of shotcreators, playmakers, off-the-catch shooters, and inside scorers. This is why the Heat has come on top of the East, increasing their win output by as much as 10% this season, and well, the off-season signings of Tucker and Lowry have fetched wonderful results.
Mavericks: They got at it hard
Talking about defense, the Mavericks are definitely up there with elite defensive teams. The defensive anchor Dorian Finney-Smith can pick on different players and the Mavericks are able to play wonderful position defense. The frontline of Finney-Smith, Kleber, and Powell has played a huge role in terms of carving out box-outs, generating rebounding opportunities, top-quality defense, and also forcing teams to go deep in the shot-clock. It is tough to play at a huge pace against this squad because the defensive end has been acting as a valve. The best part is that the team doesn’t allow second-chance points so yes, the Mavs are a tough nut to crack.
On the other hand, the overall play of Luka Doncic has been impressive these days, and his ability to score in bunches provides the Mavs with a sustainable offense. Jalen Brunson has been impressive as a second one-guard in the main-five and he has been improving his scoring with each month while also sharing ball-handling duties. Reggie Bullock’s rise in the scoring column can’t be stressed enough too since the team’s isolation option Tim Hardaway Jr. has been injured by the Mavs despite a depleted bench. Can the team make some noise as the Postseason arrives and how will Spencer Dinwiddie fit into this scheme?
Miami Heat | Dallas Mavericks
Games: 57 | 57
Wins: 37 | 33
Defeats: 20 | 24
Miami Heat Team News
Heat Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: SF: Jimmy Butler (QUESTIONABLE) | PF: PJ Tucker
Middle: C: Bam Adebayo
Guards: SG: Duncan Robinson | PG: Kyle Lowry
BENCH: Max Strus, DeWayne Dedmon, Gabe Vincent, Udonis Haslem, Marcus Garrett, Kyle Guy.
Dallas Mavericks Team News
Mavericks Expected Starting Five
Big Forward: PF: Dorian Finney-Smith
Wing: SF: Reggie Bullock
Middle: C: Dwight Powell
Guards: PG: Jalen Brunson | PG: Luka Doncic
BENCH: Spencer Dinwiddie, Maxi Kleber, Sterling Brown, Frank Ntilikina, Josh Green, Boban Marajanovic, Moses Brown, Trey Burke(QUESTIONABLE).
Adebayo brings a lot more to the floor than the scoreline can suggest, he bolsters the defense, scores at a high clip, hoards rebounds, and can also act as a playmaker. He can be expected to score 19 or more while clasping 10+ rebounds and also get 1-3 steals/blocks a game. Bam can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-51
Luka is back to his good ol’ high-scoring ways and oh gosh, is he setting the league on fire these days! He has scored 30 or more on a regular basis while grabbing 10+ rebounds and dishing 7+ assists a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 58-62
Butler can take it up a notch on both ends of the floor and he is a vital producer for the team at both ends of the floor. He can be expected to score 20+, grab 5+ rebounds, and can dish a ton of assists. He is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-44
Brunson has been thriving in the starting Guard role and his lovely floaters and perimeter shooting has been a pleasure to watch. He has been scoring in the 17-23 points range while dishing 3-5 assists a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-35
Bullock has lifted his game and his ability to shoot from outside and play elite defense has always helped out squads on both ends. He has been scoring 15+ points on a regular basis these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-29
Kyle continues to pile up assists, play superb defense, and can also dip in long-range shots every now and then. He has been scoring 9 or more, dishing 5+ assists, and notching 1 steal a game regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-33
MIA vs DAL Dream11 Team
(IF Butler plays)
PG: L Doncic(SP), G Vincent Nnamdi
SG: D Robinson
SF: J Butler
PF: R Bullock, P Tucker
C: D Powell, B Adebayo(PP)
(If Butler doesn’t play)
PG: K Lowry, L Doncic(SP), G Vincent Nnamdi
SG: D Robinson
SF: D Finney-Smith
PF: R Bullock, P Tucker
C: B Adebayo(PP)
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