MIL vs BKN Dream11: The Eastern Conference has risen through the ranks and although the top three teams in the league are still from the Western Conference, the gap with the second and third spot teams and the first to second spot team in the East has reduced significantly. The Bulls and Heat have just one fewer win than the Grizzlies in the West. And as these teams rise, the battle from the third-sixth spot is no less intriguing as of now. This means that the Milwaukee Bucks may have some catching up to do as they meet the Brooklyn Nets, they will look to spark something special.
The Bucks have been doing well overall and their win count still puts them in an electric race to the top of the East. Of course, with a talent like Giannis, you can’t be counted as a contender and there are many times when a defensive champion turns up the heat when the Playoffs come closer. How will it be for Milwaukee?
On the other hand, the Nets have been ice cold since late January and with the whole Harden-Simmons trade, they have lost their playmaker. Kyrie Irving may be cleared to play in the home games soon and he has displayed a lot of offensive promise. Can Curry and Irving balance it up with Durant out of the picture?
Host: Milwaukee Bucks
Visitors: Brooklyn Nets
Match Timing: 27 February, @ 07:00 AM
Venue: Fiserv Forum
Bucks: Can they make it out of the East
East has been showing great growth this season and the Bucks will surely be looking at the picture closely. The Bucks are nowhere near out of the contention for the title and as the title defenders, they must have realized that the league has been a tougher code to crack this time around. Why so? The rise of Suns and Warriors can be a problem in the Finals but before that, Eastern Conference is nowhere near as easy as last season for Giannis’ warriors. Antetokounmpo’s game style is a great fit for the Playoffs when the shooting percentages can see a potential dip so his ability to get inside points makes the Bucks a terrific Playoffs team.
Middleton knows when to turn on the pumps when the Playoffs come to the forefront while Jrue Holiday had some great performances last postseason too. The team has been missing Brook Lopez for a long time now and that has disturbed the roster balance for sure. Bobby Portis has done more than enough to fill in as the starting Center but the bench has been weakened with him in the starting five. Acquiring Serge Ibaka was a decent move by the Bucks as he can fill in for some sharp defensive minutes off the bench. However, I believe someone like Grayson Allen or Jordan Nwora can be the X-Factor down the line.
Nets: No Durant, no wins
KD’s absence has totally blown away the Nets, they have lost more than 75% of their games in his absence and there is no doubt that he is huge for them to succeed in the deep East. Kyrie Irving has been a part-time player due to the whole vaccine hoopla but with New York’s mandate lifting soon, he will be a full-time participant. However, the Nets have fallen behind since late January and from being at the top of the Conference, they have fallen to eighth place. This is a dramatic fall indeed and the new year has not brought a great set of memories for the Nets fans. Still, if things fall in place, they can be a force in the Playoffs.
As for this game, the backcourt of Irving and Seth Curry looks fantastic as both can share scoring duties and create space for each other. The problem is that the rest of the unit doesn’t look that sustainable. Andre Drummond doesn’t have the same impact anymore but LaMarcus Aldridge has done well in pick and roll situations. Meanwhile, young Cam Thomas has shown promise but his long-range game is a work in progress. Bruce Brown has done well lately but Kessler Edwards, James Johnson, and Patty Mills haven’t been consistent on the offensive end as such. The team will wait for Simmons and Durant to join the fray, then this team will certainly give opponents a run for the money.
Brooklyn Nets | Milwaukee Bucks
Games: 60 | 60
Wins: 31 | 36
Defeats: 29 | 24
Milwaukee Bucks Team News:
Bucks Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: SF: Khris Middleton | PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Middle: C: Bobby Portis
Guard: SG: Grayson Allen| PG: Jrue Holiday
Bench: Jordan Nwora, Serge Ibaka, Wesley Matthews, De’Andre Bembry, Lindell Winnington, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Sandro Mamukelashvili.
Brooklyn Nets Team News
Nets Expected Starting Five
Forwards: PF: James Johnson | SF: Bruce Brown
Middle: PF: Andre Drummond
Guards: PG: Kyrie Irving | SG: Seth Curry
BENCH: Cam Thomas, Patty Mills, Kessler Edwards, Gordan Dragic, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Jevon Carter, David Duke Jr.
Can anyone even guard this dude in the league? He keeps on jamming hard at the rim, pulling down rebounds, and has also become a terrific playmaker. The Power Forward has usually been in the 27+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 4+ assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 53-66
Kyrie Irving(BKN) will play here. He has constantly scored 20 or more while dishing around 5 assists and grabbing 4-7 rebounds a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45
Seth has been doing a great job at the Guard position and he can rack up points at a high rate. Curry has been 20-23 points and 4-6 assists range lately. He can be selected as Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scene.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-40
Jrue steers the flow of the offense at the one-guard position and his two-way prowess is well-known all over the league. He has scored 21 or more in three of the last five games while usually dishing 6-8 assists per game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-43
Brown has raised his game recently and has earned significant minutes for the depleted Nets. Brown has been figuring in 10-15 points, 5-7 rebounds, and 1+ steal range recently.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-36
Khris is an all-around player who can have his shooting troubles but plays a vital role at the wing position. The SF has usually lodged 16-21 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 3+ assists a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-39
Drummond has been a factor on the boards but his production has kept on falling. He has been largely in the 6-11 points and has grabbed around 9 rebounds or so regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
MIL vs BKN Dream11 Team
PG: J Holiday
SG: K Irving(PP), S Curry
SF: J Johnson, B Brown
PF: G Antetokounmpo(SP)
C: B Portis, A Drummond
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