MIL vs WAS Dream11: NBA has been heading towards the Playoffs quickly and soon, we will see many teams being ruled out as the Postseason will arrive. Well, if you don’t make it into the top ten ranked teams in either Conference, kiss goodbye to the season! For the rebuilding teams that are full of inexperienced players, kissing goodbye was always the case, however, there are other teams that came in with high expectations but have only diluted these expectations with each day. And one of those teams in Washington Wizards will take on the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks are back in full flow as some of the Eastern teams haven’t been playing well recently. They are likely to finish in the top three rankings in the East which would give them the home-court advantage at least till the first round and to be honest, you can’t take the Bucks lightly even if you are a top team.
On the other hand, the Wizards have fallen out of the Play-in tournament race at this point. They keep on stacking losses and look totally down and out against elite teams, this has been a huge problem since the beginning of the season. So, yes, the Wizards fans were given false hope when the team started with 10 wins and 3 losses, but since then, it has been downhill for sure.
Host: Milwaukee Bucks
Visitors: Washington Wizards
Match Timing: 25 March, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: Fiserv Forum
The Bucks steamrolled Bulls 126:96 as Giannis stacked 25 and Holiday pumped in 27 points against a unit that struggles on the road.
In my humble opinion, the Bucks remain the favorites to make it out of the East and despite the rise of Celtics(big-time rise indeed!), the Heat, and the 76ers, the Bucks have one of the best trios in the league and can get the business done in the Playoffs. The thing is that with Giannis, the team can grab easy points and run a both fastbreak and a half-court styled offense in full flow. Antetokounmpo’s length is also huge on the defensive end, while he also helps avoid opposition from grabbing many offensive rebounds. The two-way presence will be vital once the intensity heats up in the Postseason.
Now the above praise of Giannis is warranted after his scintillating performance last season but hey, a team is made up of other players too! And surely Giannis received immense help from Middleton, who unlocks that one special game now and then in the Playoffs. With Holiday running the Point, the team has an experienced guard who knows how to manage the floor. The role of Allen and Connaughton is huge as two-way off-guard and Connaughton showed during the last Playoffs, that he can click on his shots when the offensive juggernauts are occupying the opposition defense. Portis, Lopez, and Ibaka make up for a strong Center unit and you have to watch out for the Bucks!
Wizards continued their terrible performance away from home as they lost to the Rockets 97:115, getting buried underneath a 39 points performance by Christian Wood.
The Wizards continue to suffer blowout losses and they have gone nowhere this season. They are surely out of the contention for the Play-in tournament by now and it will be a surprise if they even get the eleventh spot at this point. The alarm bells have been ringing since November when the team lost the earlier established defensive identity and kept on losing games. From there on, they couldn’t recover their rhythm and it is a surprise when they claim two games in a row. However, it seems even too late right now to even go on a winning streak and with Kuzma out, the balance has been further hit.
With Bradley Beal’s injury, the guard position has suffered due to a lack of consistent shot-creator but things were grim even when he was active. Acquiring Porzingis has given a strong dimension to the Center position but his production is not enough to rescue the team. While Neto has given more than decent playmaking at the Point Guard position, the team remains without a substantial PG scorer. Avdija, Hachimura, and Kispert make for a decent frontline but overall, there is a clear lack of experience. Whatever may be the case, it will be interesting how Beal approaches the situation, if the team does acquire a solid PG in the offseason then a lineup with a decent PG alongside Beal, Kuzma, and Porzingis give a promising outlook.
Milwaukee Bucks (2nd in East) | Washington Wizards (12th in East)
Games: 72 | 72
Wins: 45 | 31
Defeats: 27 | 41
Milwaukee Bucks Team News:
Bucks Expected Starting Five
Middle: PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo | C: Brook Lopez
Guards: SG: Wesley Matthews | SG: Grayson Allen | PG: Jrue Holiday
Bench: Serge Ibaka, Jordan Nwora, Brook Lopez, Lindell Wigginton, Pat Connaughton, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Sandro Mamukelashvili.
Washington Wizards Team News
Wizards Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Rui Hachimura | SF: Corey Kispert
Middle: C: Kristaps Porzingis
Guards: PG: Raul Neto| SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Bench: Rui Hachimura, Daniel Gafford, Anthony Gill, Deni Advija, Thomas Bryant, Tomas Satoransky, Vernon Carey Jr., Ish Smith.
Giannis continues to be an MVP player and oppositions continue to be helpless against him, with his ability to score, rebound, and act as playmaker using his huge wingspan. The PF has usually been in 25+ points, 10-15 rebounds, and 5-6 assists range these days. The guard can be considered as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario. He is PROBABLE for the game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-67
With Kuzma out, Kristaps has had to carry the major load as a scorer, rebounder and he has led the team in both categories during the last few games. Porzingis has mostly been in 20-25 points and 10-14 rebounds range while getting a few blocks.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
Jrue continues to be a huge factor at the PG position and brings high-quality scoring and playmaking on a regular basis. The Guard has mostly been in 18-25 points and 7-9 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-41
Power Forward Rui is getting more minutes with Kyle Kuzma’s absence and he provides more than decent rebounding and scoring regularly. Hachimura can be expected to be in 13-17 points and 6-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-26
Center Brook has been slated in as a starter and he provides stable offense and defense. He can be expected to be in 8-12 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 15-22
Neto is usually not a high-scorer but does bring more than average assists making at the Point Guard spot. He has mostly slated in 4-8 points and 5-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-18
PG: J Holiday
SG: K Caldwell-Pope, P Connaughton
SF: R Hachimura
PF: G Antetokounmpo(SP), K Porzingis(PP)
C: B Lopez, D Gafford
Do you wanna watch Giannis wreaking havoc against multiple defenders? But in the worst possible piece of news for Indian NBA fans, you can’t watch this match on the streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot, two official streaming platforms for NBA games in India. What can you do then? I suggest buying the annual subscription (599 rupees per year) in the NBA League Pass and you can both catch live games and also go through the full game replays. For knowing the scores, news, stats, and other NBA stuff, visit the official website of the NBA.