MIL vs NYK Dream11: NBA keeps churning games and after surviving the flurry of COVID-19, the league has overall protected the business model well. Talking about the business model, the trade deadline is less than a couple of weeks away. It means that a lot of management will be busy in an intense exchange of players. Well, apart from players, draft picks and cash considerations are also exchanged. Anyway, let us jump into this match between the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks.
The Bucks have been playing a high brand of basketball for some seasons now but yes, this has been a tough month for them despite winning three of their last four games. The team missed Jrue Holiday for a few games in the middle where they ended up losing a lot of games. Now with Holiday back, the Bucks will look to get some form of winning streak going.
On the other hand, the Knicks have been struggling big-time this season, unable to get a winning streak. And recently, they have lost five out of the last six games. The Knicks have had a tough time shooting the ball and their offense has collapsed rather way too much this season. Will the Knicks engage in trade scenarios soon?
Host: Milwaukee Bucks
Visitors: New York Knicks
Match Timing: 29 January, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Fiserv Forum
Bucks: Back-up blues?
Milwaukee has been winning 60% of the time which is not in any way terrible by NBA’s standards. But well, this squad won the championship last season so the expectations are high upon them. The Bucks have been having a tough month and well, it proved that Jrue Holiday has been a big part of the success. Bucks have been rather struggling to score at the off-guard position and there have been certain bench issues this season. However, perhaps, these struggles will be addressed once coach Mike Budenholzer will figure out the combinations because this team hasn’t decided upon rotations yet.
Despite everything, Giannis has continued to dominate the paint through his incredible athletic abilities and his size. Middleton has been having another wonderful season, while Bobby Portis has given due support in the middle. Jrue Holiday has been inefficient recently but he will be back to his old ways soon. As stated above, the off-guard position has been a bit iffy but yes, Pat Connaughton has picked it up recently. DiVincenzo and Grayson have struggled to shoot from the floor but George Hill has done well at the one-guard position. Apart from that, Ojeleye, Nwora, and Sandro have not been as consistent as expected.
Knicks: They need a playmaker
The Knicks need a playmaker, a big-time playmaker too. Immanuel Quickley has been handing over assists as a bench Point Guard but there is not a starting guard who has done well in terms of picking up dimes. Why do they need a playmaker? Well, the team hasn’t seen desirable ball rotation and they have not been able to develop a consistent system on the offensive end. One other issue has simply been poor shot selection and trust me, some nights it is like the whole team has shot poorly and it has become contagious. The Knicks really need to pick up the steam on the offensive end.
RJ Barrett has done well in terms of scoring but he has had his own struggles time and time again. Julius Randle is important in terms of rebounding, playmaking, and scoring, but yes his up-and-down shot selection and tendency to turn the ball over has harmed the offensive side quite a bit. Kemba Walker, Alec Burks, and Evan Fournier, despite their experience, have not been doing well in terms of shooting at a high rate. Mitchell Robinson has been a dependable rebounder and defender but he isn’t a high-octane scorer by any stretch. Meanwhile, if the Knicks had a better passing unit, then Obi Toppin would have benefitted greatly from him. Cam Reddish hasn’t been given a big role while Quentin Grimes has been decent. Taj Gibson provides serviceable minutes off the bench. But overall, the Knicks may need to pull off some trades soon.
New York Knicks | Milwaukee Bucks
Games: 49| 50
Wins: 23| 30
Defeats: 26| 20
Milwaukee Bucks News:
Bucks Expected Starting Five
Forwards: SF: Khris Middleton | PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Middle: C: Bobby Portis
Guard: SG: Pat Connaughton | PG: Jrue Holiday
BENCH: Rodney Hood, Semi Ojeleye, George Hill, Grayson Allen, Jordan Nwora, Wesley Matthews(QUESTIONABLE), Donte DiVincenzo, Langston Galloway, Luke Kornet, JaVonte Smart, Hill, Sandro Mamukelashvili.
New York Knicks Team News:
Knicks Expected Starting Five
Middle: C: Mitchell Robinson | PF: Julius Randle
Guards: PG: Kemba Walker | SG: Evan Fournier | SG: RJ Barrett
BENCH: Immanuel Quickley, Cam Reddish, Obi Toppin, Miles McBride, Nerlens Noel, Taj Gibson, Quinten Grimes, Jericho Sims.
Randle has been a force on the rebounding, defensive, and playmaking end but his offensive efficiency has taken a huge hit. The big Forward has scored 18 or more in three of the last five games while grabbing 6-9 rebounds and dishing 4-9 assists a game these days. Randle can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-52
Giannis is one of the best players in the league who uses his size and athleticism to dominate in the paint. The Forward has figured in the 26-33 points, 9-15 rebounds, 3-7 assists, and 1-2 blocks+steals range throughout the season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
Khris is one of the best wings in the league and a great complementary player to Giannis(And vice-versa). The Forward has scored 20+, pulled down 6-10 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range throughout the season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-42
The wing has done all in his capacity to keep the Knicks floating but it hasn’t panned out even with him having some big scoring nights. A 17-24 points and 5-6 rebounds range is expected from the Small Forward.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45
Mitchell has done a more than decent job in terms of help defense, occasional inside scoring, and pulling down boards. The Center has been in the 7-10 points and 7-10 rebounds range for most parts.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-33
Bobby has been a superb player in the middle for the Bucks in absence of Brook Lopez. The Center has figured in the 12-18 points and 10-13 rebounds during most games this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-41
MIL vs NYK Dream11 Team
PG: J Holiday, Q Grimes
SG: P Connaughton, I Quickley
SF: K Middleton(PP)
PF: G Antetokounmpo(SP), O Toppin
C: B Portis
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