MIA vs MIL Dream11: Don’t you think in this pandemic-induced environment predictions and selecting lineups have become even trickier! Now then, an injury-inflicted unit Miami Heat will meet up against the comparatively healthier Milwaukee Bucks unit. Heat is three games above the 50% win mark but has lost three of its last four games while Bucks are 7 games above the mark and are playing some electric basketball lately.
Miami is in jeopardy right now as their two main scorers and defenders in Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are both grappling with injuries. Their season is not lost considering they still have Herro and Lowry as two high-producing scorers, but yes, the offense has taken a hit. Erick Spoelstra, the head coach will have to figure out rotations to fix both ends of the floor.
Bucks are on a roll right now and have won 90% of their games in the last 15 days or so. It is not a surprise considering their trio of Middleton, Giannis, and Holiday is surrounded by shooters like Connaughton, Allen, and a scorer in Portis. The Bucks are a deep team and have been doing terrific with two starters in Donte DiVincenzo and Brook Lopez out of the picture.
Host: Miami Heat
Visitors: Milwaukee Bucks
Match Timing: 9 December, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: FTX Arena
With Butler and Adebayo out, not only the Heat is lost on offense but the defense has suffered even more. Oppositions see openings to score 110-120 points and with the rebounding and the defensive smarts short, the Heat has not been able to both ends. With Lowry, Herro, and Robinson in a three-guard heavy lineup, the Heat should expect 60-70 points but it may take some time to mesh with this combination. If Heat fixes the defense right now and gets more production from Duncan, I believe they can still eke out some wins. However, against teams like Bucks, it is going to be trickier.
Bucks: They have too many options
With three all-around scorers like Middleton, Antetokounmpo, and Holiday who can fill in 20+ points, having role players like Portis, Allen, and Connaughton, who can get in the 10-20 points range, Milwaukee pieces together potent rotations. Milwaukee is deep on both ends, they have length, size, athleticism, versatility, and much more to keep up with the hard demands of the NBA. One thing is clear, even with the Bulls and Nets playing terrific basketball, the depth of the Bucks look more formidable, they are the defending champions for a reason after all.
Milwaukee Bucks| Miami Heat
Games: 25| 25
Wins: 16| 14
Defeats: 09| 11
Miami Team News
Heat Expected Starting Five
Forward: PF: PJ Tucker
Middle: C: Dewayne Dedmon
Guards: SG: Duncan Robinson SG: Tyler Herro PG: Kyle Lowry
Miami Heat Bench: , Max Strus, Omer Yurtseven, Gabe Vincent, KZ Okpala, Marcus Garrett, Markieff Morris, Caleb Martin, Udonis Haslem.
Milwaukee Bucks News:
Bucks Expected Starting Five
Forwards: PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo SF: Khris Middleton
Middle: C: Bobby Portis
Guards: SG: Grayson Allen PG: Jrue Holiday
BENCH: Rodney Hood, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, George Hill, Georgios Kalaitzakis, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Jordan Nwora, Semi Ojeleye, Justin Robinson, DeMarcus Cousins, Pat Connaughton.
Antetokounmpo is the backbone for this deep team and without him, defending the title is not possible. Stats-wise, you can expect 25-30 points, 10-16 rebounds, and 3-5 assists, 1-2 blocks/steals regularly from the heavily talented player. He is one of the options for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 55-75
Lowry’s role expands in the wake of injuries to Butler and Adebayo. That is why the guard has recently figured in the 17-26 points range while dishing 7-10 assists regularly. Can Lowry improve the right now struggling Heat offense?
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-55
Jrue Holiday (MIL)
No doubt, Holiday overturned the fortunes for the Bucks last season and was a huge part of the championship. The guard has tuned in for 20 or more points thrice in the last five games and 7 or more assists in each game during that window.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-44
Tyler is a starting-level player who comes off the bench when the starters are healthy. He will start here probably and regardless of whether he starts or not, an 18-25 points range is to expected.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-37
Khris is as integral as Holiday for this team and his presence alone helps the Bucks out on both ends. The wing has scored 21-22 points in each of the last four games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-39
Robinson will have to score beyond the 10 points range to bolster the Miami offense which wants more from him. Can Robinson lodge a 15-20 points range in absence of Butler and Adebayo? I think he will!
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-38
PG: J Holiday, K Lowry(PP), G Vincent-Nnamdi
SG: P Connaughton
SF: K Middleton
PF: P Tucker, G Antetokounmpo(SP)
C: B Portis
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