MIL vs NOP Dream11: COVID-19 and injuries form a grinder that can render multiple players absent during an NBA game, with COVID-19 being more of a nuisance at this point. Still, the NBA players have kept their play up and have traversed the pandemic scenario with admirable grit, coming back strong despite a lack of conditioning.
In this game, the Milwaukee Bucks host a short-handed New NOPeans Pelicans. Bucks will be without Khris Middleton in this game while the New Orleans Pelicans have been playing without their ace Zion Williamson for all season long and he may not return this month as well. Still, for the Bucks, they have two high-quality players in Antetokounmpo and Holiday who can pull through along with a feisty bench unit.
The Pelicans have been missing Zion and now their leading rebounder Jonas Valanciunas has entered the much-dreaded COVID-19 protocols. Brandon Ingram is questionable for the game but in great news, 13+ PPG scorer Nickeill Alexander-Walker is highly likely to play here. The Pelicans can field a strong lineup if Ingram, Hart, Nickeill play here.
Host: Milwaukee Bucks
Visitors: New Orleans Pelicans
Match Timing: 2 January @ 05:00 AM
Venue: Fiserv Forum
Bucks: Deep and intimidating
That Bucks have won five in a row is a matter of little surprise, they are the defending champions, they won 18 in a row at one point last season and they have been built to win. With Khris gone, Giannis, Holiday, Portis, Allen, Connaughton, Cousins, DiVincenzo, and Matthews can still form a formidable scoring, rebounding, playmaking, defending, and hustle lineup that can look assertive. With Giannis, you attract multiple defenders inside which opens up shooting space for others, and well as long as he continues his MVP-play, the Bucks can win a ton of games as they had done for seasons now.
Pelicans: Ingram and Hart have been on fire
Pelicans have won only one game without Brandon Ingram all season long. His scoring, rebounding, playmaking, and defense at the wing is crucial and there is no doubt that he is an All-Star level player. On the other hand, Josh Hart may not ever earn the distinction of “All-Star”, his play has been equally impressive. He has lodged 10+ points, rebounds, and assists on a regular basis this season and he has become a dependable option in the main five. With Nickeil Alexander-Walker back and Devonte Graham along with Herbert Jones making a mark on the offensive end, the Pelicans can get something going on both ends.
New NOPeans Pelicans | Milwaukee Bucks
Games: 35| 37
Wins: 13| 24
Defeats: 22| 13
New Orleans Pelicans News
Pelicans Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Brandon Ingram QUESTIONABLE) PF: Herbert Jones
Middle: C: Willy Hernangomez/Jaxson Hayes
Guards: SG: Josh Hart(PROBABLE) PG: Devonte Graham
BENCH: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Willy Hernangomez/Jaxson Hayes, Garrett Temple, Gary Clarke, Tomas Satoransky, Jared Harper, Naji Marshall, Trey Murphy III, Anthony Tolliver, Feron Hunt
.Milwaukee Bucks News:
Bucks Expected Starting Five
Forwards: SF: Pat Connaughton PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Middle: C: Bobby Portis
Guards: SG: Grayson Allen PG: Jrue Holiday
BENCH: Rodney Hood, DeMarcus Cousins, Donte DiVincenzo, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, George Hill, Georgios Kalaitzakis, Sandro Mamukelashvili, Wesley Matthews, Jordan Nwora, Justin Robinson.
Giannis has shown that inside-oriented players are still relevant in the pace and space era. His strong outings recently, where he has regularly breached 30 points and 10 rebounds mark indicate that he is having another MVP-type season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 53-65
Brandon Ingram(NOP) who has figured in the 24-30 points, 5-7 rebounds, and 3-6 assists range this season is QUESTIONABLE for this game. He leads the Pelicans in points per game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 41-48
Devonte had a great month of December and showed that he can address the shooting issues of the team. He has scored in the 15-20 points range and has given 5-8 assists in the last three games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-38
As a second-round pick in the last season, Jones has shown why he could have been picked even earlier. The Wing has scored 15 or more in three of the last five games after figuring in the 6-8 range in terms of points for most parts of the season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35
Holiday has been a difference-maker and was one of the major catalysts during the Bucks’ championship run last season. The Guard has scored 20+ points in most of the games this month and has been in an admirable touch.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-44
Josh Hart(NOP) had scored in the 15-25 points, grabbed 8-12 rebounds, and dished 6-10 assists a game before his absence. He is PROBABLE for this game.
Garrett Temple(NOP )
Garrett has received more minutes compared to earlier because of the injury and COVID-19 crisis. The guard has scored 17 or more in two games straight.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-24
Portis is having one of the best seasons of his career and he has been steering the Center spot well in absence of Brook Lopez, showing he is a starting level player. He has scored in the 16-19 points range and has grabbed 8-9 rebounds a game on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-38
(If Ingram plays)
PG: J Holiday, D Graham
SG: D DiVincenzo
SF: B Ingram(PP)
PF: J Hart, G Antetokounmpo(SP), J Hayes
C: B Portis
(If Ingram doesn’t play)
PG: J Holiday, D Graham
SG: D DiVincenzo, N Alexander-Walker
SF: W Matthews
PF: J Hart(PP), G Antetokounmpo(SP)
C: B Portis
(Lineup will be revisited again if there is a change, so keep checking)
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