MIA vs PHX Dream11: NBA Regular Season is soon going to end and we have seen around 80% of the games unfold. With Playoffs inching closer, the heat has picked up and there are various teams vying for different positions but with each day, it is becoming clearer which teams will line up as the top six ones and which ones are in contention for seventh to the tenth position which means you get into the Play-in tournament. However, the two teams who meet here in Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns are at the top of their Conferences.
The Heat has been developing a special unit throughout the season and bringing in Kyle Lowry and PJ Tucker during the offseason has surely brought humungous gains. As the Playoffs will near, the value of these two players will only increase as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo have been paired up with two wonderful players. But that is not it, the depth of the team is incredible and down the line, Tyler Herro is most likely to lead the team in scoring.
On the other hand, the Phoenix Suns are the only ones to accumulate over 50 wins, and their tendency to read the game has been better than anyone. Chris Paul and Devin Booker have been missing from the picture recently but despite missing them, the team has seen Ayton, Bridges, Payne, Shamet, Crowder, and Johnson step it up.
Host: Miami Heat
Visitors: Phoenix Suns
Match Timing: 10 March, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: FTX Arena
Heat: The East’s jewel
What separates the Heat from the other squads in the East is their team depth. While it is true that other teams have their own combination of superstars, I am sure that no team has the depth and balance on both ends of the floor. This is what makes the Heat special, they can end up missing two to three starters but their deep bench will be up to rescue them even against elite teams. In addition to the deep bench, two hustle players in Tucker and Lowry have been huge difference-makers. When Butler and Adebayo went down, these two along with Robinson, Herro, Yurtseven, Strus, Martin, Vincent, and Dedmon picked up the slack and rolled over a bunch of wins. This is why I say that the team is deep as it gets.
With Victor Oladipo back in the fray, the Guard positions look absolutely intimidating. Butler, Adebayo, Robinson, Tucker, Lowry, all are incredible individual defenders, help defenders, and also hustle hard on both ends of the floor. The team has two high-quality shot creators in Butler and Herro while Lowry can act as a scorer and playmaker too. On the other hand, Adebayo can wreak havoc in the paint with his athletic abilities and physicality and Tucker also brings a lot of rugged game at the big Forward position. Bench players Strus, Dedmon, Martin, and Vincent have responded to the call when given decent minutes, and having Victor Oladipo further bolsters the scoring as a superb isolation scorer.
Suns: They are deep too
The Suns have done a great job at keeping the campaign afloat even without Paul and Booker. This is a testament to the team’s depth and also the great balance in the lineup. Bridges is having a season of his life, Ayton is one of the best Centers in the league, Jae Crowder has a significant impact on both ends of the floor. However, we know these three are incredible players but how about Payne and Shamet! While Payne has done a great job of filling the hole created by the absence of Chris Paul with his high-quality playmaking and scoring, Shamet gives the team an extra option as a scorer at the off-guard position. Cameron Johnson has also been having an incredible season at both ends of the floor.
This is all fine and dandy during the Regular Season but the team will require their two guards once the Playoffs arrive. And it is believed that Paul will heal before the postseason and I am pretty sure that the Suns will finish with the best record in the league even without the superstar Point Guard. The defense of the Suns is incredible, they have both size and athleticism, that can help them to shut down the perimeter and paint alike. Apart from that, there are just too many options on the offensive end, both in terms of shot-creation and off-the-ball looks. This is why the Suns are the favorites to win it all; remember they made the Finals last season.
Miami Heat | Phoenix Suns
Games: 66 | 65
Wins: 44 | 52
Defeats: 22 | 13
Miami Heat Team News
Heat Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: SF: Jimmy Butler | PF: PJ Tucker
Middle: C: Bam Adebayo
Guards: SG: Duncan Robinson | PG: Kyle Lowry
BENCH: Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, Tyler Herro, Victor Oladipo DeWayne Dedmon, Udonis Haslem, Omer Yurtseven, Marcus Garrett, Kyle Guy.
Phoenix Suns Team News
Suns Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Jae Crowder | SF: Mikal Bridges
Middle: C: Deandre Ayton
Guard: SG: Devin Booker | PG: Cameron Payne
BENCH: Elfrid Payton, Landry Shamet, Bismack Biyombo, Cameron Johnson , Torrey Craig, Javale McGee, Aaron Holiday, Ismail Wainright.
Bam has had a huge impact in the middle for the Heat as a paint sealer who can dip in inside points, grab rebounds at a high chip and play brilliant defense. The Center has mostly been in 18-25 points, 8-14 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range. Adebayo can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-50
Devin Booker(PHX) will return in this game, he has lodged 25-35 points, 5+ assists, and 4-8 rebounds range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-53
Ayton’s role has increased with Booker and Paul out but with Payne as the ball-handler, he can still get the ball in the right areas. The Center has mostly been in 18-26 points, 10-19 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks/steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-46
Wing Butler has been an all-around presence and there is no doubt his experience will be huge for Miami once the Playoffs arrive. The wing has mostly been in 21-27 points, 3-7 rebounds, 3-5 assists, and 1-4 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-44
What a wonderful job Payne has done filling in for Paul, pretty much bringing the same production as a playmaker and scorer. The Guard has been in 17-23 points and 8-16 assists range lately.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-48
Crowder has been a wonderful two-way big Forward throughout the season for the Suns and he has picked up his game these days despite shooting 3/15 during the last game. Crowder has been in 14-19 points, 5-11 rebounds, a 1+ steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-36
Point Guard Tyler has done a brilliant job as the sixth player and there is no doubt that he will nab the Sixth Player of the Year and may even end up getting the Most Improved Player award. The isolation scorer has mostly been in 20+ points range this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-36
MIA vs PHX Dream11 Team
PG: C Payne
SG: D Booker(SP), T Herro
SF: M Bridges, C Johnson
PF: J Crowder
C: D Dedmon, B Adebayo(PP)
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Imagine Ayton and Adebayo fighting for position in the low block and coming up with quality swats and some physical dunks! Well, no need to imagine when you can just catch the game, isn’t it? In a great news for Indian NBA fans, you can catch this game on the two official Indian NBA streaming platforms. You can follow the game up-close on streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot. However, a lot of games are going to be played apart from this one so you can go to the NBA League Pass and purchase the annual subscription, that gives you access to all the live games and also the full game replay. To learn the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.