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NOL vs PHX Dream11 Prediction NBA Live Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns


NOL vs PHX Dream11: The NBA Playoffs will be raging only more and more with each day and as we get closer to the title, the intensity will only be picking up on multiple fronts. There have been numerous surprises throughout the season and except for the Celtics, Sixers, and Warriors, no team has been able to establish their superiority. And in this game, the New Orleans Pelicans will host the Phoenix Suns and the Pelicans will be looking to level after the Suns have taken a two-one lead in the series.

The Pelicans lost a close 111:114 battle as Chris Paul took over the game in the fourth quarter, as usual. The two teams can be heading to another close battle as Devin Booker is for Suns and this now looks like a more evenly matched series as Zion Williamson has been out all season long for the Pels. So, in which direction will the gong tick as the Pelicans host the Suns in a crucial Game 4 battle?

Host: New Orleans Pelicans
Visitors: Phoenix Suns
Match Timing: 25 April, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Smoothie King Center

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

The Paul Menace

Chris Paul did what he does best in the last game and just obliterated the Pels defense in the fourth quarter. However, it was a couple of shots by the fifth-option in the lineup Jae Crowder, that also made a huge difference, one of them assisted by Chris himself. So, yes, for the Pels, containing Paul will again be a huge challenge because he is just too smart of a player.

The Pelicans would rue the last game loss as they restricted the Suns to a mere 14% from beyond the arc but their play from within the three-point line was impressive, as the overall field goal percentage of the Suns was 50%. The Pelicans made 7 more threes while shooting almost 35%, nothing stellar but way better than the Suns. Surely, they would be ruing letting Deandre Ayton get hot in the paint.

The Pelicans outrebounded the Suns 45:35 but it was the turnover battle that proved to be decisive as the Pels committed nine more than the Suns and due to that the Pelicans had had eight fewer attempts from the field compared to them. The Pelicans will need to stop Deandre Ayton from dominating because CP3 is already a huge problem.

Fantasy-related tips

Chris Paul is the most viable option in terms of Fantasy value and he showed a huge statline in the last game. On the other hand, Deandre Ayton has also gotten it done in the last game and his stocks still remain lucrative. Bridges brings a lot of value as well while JaVale McGee, Cameron Payne, Cameron Johnson, and Jae Crowder can be effective fantasy options.

On the other hand, for the Pels, CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram are interchangeably the major fantasy options. Meanwhile, Larry Nance has also seen his stocks rise. Jonas Valanciunas can have big-time nights but he is rather erratic in terms of scoring like Ayton. Jose Alvarado, Jaxson Hayes, Trey Murphy III, and Devonte Graham can be filler options, with Hayes and Alvarado being consistent among them.

Performances Predictions
Top Scorer: CJ McCollum: 32
Top Rebounder: Jonas Valanciunas: 15
Highest assists deliverer: Chris Paul: 13
Scoreline Prediction: Pelicans 113 Suns 109

New Orleans Pelicans vs Phoenix Suns NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Phoenix Suns Team News

  • Dario Saric remains OUT for an indefinite period.
  • Devin Booker is OUT for the game

Suns Expected Starting Five
Defensive Forward: Jae Crowder
Slashing Wing and Defensive Specialist: Mikal Bridges
Inside Presence: C: Deandre Ayton
Two-way Wing: SF: Cameron Johnson
Floor General: PG: Chris Paul

BENCH: Elfrid Payton, Bismack Biyombo, Torrey Craig, Javale McGee, Landry Shamet, Ismail Wainright.

New Orleans Pelicans News

  • Zion Williamson is OUT for the game and perhaps will not return this season.
  • Kira Lewis Jr. remains OUT for the season.

Pelicans Expected Starting Five

Athletic Forward: PF: Jaxson Hayes
Defensive Forward: F: Herbert Jones
Rebounding Specialist: C: Jonas Valanciunas
All-around Wing: SF: Brandon Ingram
Scoring Guard: G: CJ McCollum

BENCH: Devonte Graham, Gary Clarke, Naji Marshall, Jose Alvarado, Willy Hernangomez, Trey Murphy III, Garrett Temple.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

CJ McCollum(NOL)
Points: 30
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 07
Steals: 02
Blocks: 01

CJ is having an incredible Postseason and he made 11 of his 23 attempts in the last game while also being an effective playmaker. I expect a 25-33 points, 5-7 assists, and 4-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 42-65

Chris Paul(PHX)
Points: 28
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 14
Steals: 01
PG CP3 continues to read the league like an open book and the fact that he has committed zero turnovers while dishing 28 assists straight is just incredible beyond words. I expect a 20-25 points, 12-16 assists, and 1-2 steals range from him.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-60

Brandon Ingram(NOL)
Points: 34
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 02
Blocks: 01

Wing Ingram continues to rise up for big nights and his second-half production has especially been impressive. He shot 11/19 in the last game and I expect a 26-34 points, 5-7 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-60

Deandre Ayton(PHX)
Points: 28
Rebounds: 17
Assists: 01
Steals: 03
Blocks: 01
Center Ayton had one of his best games of the season in Game 3, shooting 13/20 from the floor while clinching 15 rebounds. I believe he will be in 15-21 points, 8-13 rebounds, and 1-3 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-46

Jonas Valanciunas(NOL)
Points: 06
Rebounds: 11
Assists: 01

Blocks: 01
Steals: 01

Valanciunas has faced a ton of trouble from Ayton and his shooting percentages have been considerably down these days. He can be in 11-16 points and 11-16 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-36

Mikal Bridges(PHX)
Points: 17
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 02
Steals: 01
Blocks: 01
Small Forward Mikal has been aggressive and as a result, he earned nine free-throw attempts and made all of them. He can be in 16-22 points and 3-5 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-36


  • Larry Nance Jr(NOL) had 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks in the last game. Power Forward Larry has been instrumental for getting the Pels this far but shot just 1/8 and was fouled out. I expect a 6-11 points and 6-9 rebounds range here.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
  • Herbert Jones(NOL) had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game. Forward Jones is a defensive anchor who has done well offensively too, making five of his seven shots in the last game. I expect a 9-14 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-26
  • Cameron Johnson (PHX)had 8 points, 1 rebound in the last game. Wing Johnson shot 3/7 in the last game and hasn’t had a big offensive game in some time. He can be in 10-15 points and 3-5 rebounds range.,
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 11-23
  • Jae Crowder(PHX) had only 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Power Forward Jae is a reliable defender and he made two key shots in the last game to seal the deal for the Suns. I believe he will be in 7-11 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 13-25
  • Trey Murphy(NOL) had 3 rebounds in the last game. Guard Trey has given solid defensive work and he can be in 5-8 points and 3-4 rebounds range here.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 5-12
  • Cameron Payne(PHX) had 3 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal in the last game. Guard Cameron has done a decent job off the bench and he can be ion 3-5 points and 2-4 assists range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-19
  • Jaxson Hayes(NOL) had 4 points, 6 rebounds in the last game. Athletic Forward Hayes has been decent but got ejected due to a flagrant foul in the las game. I expect a 6-12 points and 5-7 rebounds range here.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-20
  • JaVale McGee(PHX) had 15 points, 3 rebounds,1 block in the last game. McGee had some fun in the last game, making 7/8 of his shots in just 12 minutes. He can be in 6-14 points and 3-7 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 9-18
  • Landry Shamet(PHX) had 5 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds in the last game. Guard Landry played 30 minutes in the last game. I expect a 6-9 points and 3-4 assists/rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-24
  • Devonte Graham(NOL) had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Although, Graham has lost a ton of minutes, he made three of his six three point attempts. He can be in 6-12 points range here.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 7-16
  • Jose Alvarado(NOL) had 9 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal in the last game. Guard Jose is a bundle of energy off the bench and has been the Pels’ fan favorite. He can be in 5-9 points and 3-4 assists range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-15

    NOL vs PHX Dream11 Team

    PG: C Paul(PP), J Alvarado
    SG: C McCollum, L Shamet
    SF: B Ingram(SP)
    PF: L Nance Jr, J Hayes
    C: D Ayton

    PG: C Paul(SP)
    SG: C McCollum(PP), L Shamet
    SF: B Ingram, M Bridges
    PF: J Crowder, J Hayes
    C: J McGee

    Where to watch NBA Live Score?

    The Pelicans can make some noise and tie the series as Ingram, McCollum, and Paul square off again? In not the most encouraging bit of news for the Indian NBA fans, this game can’t be seen on TV outlets MTV and Sports 18. On the other hand, streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot are not going to showcase this game to viewers in India. So what can you do? Well, you can get hold of the NBA League Pass. If you buy the annual subscription, you can get all live games and you can also access the full game replay if you can’t catch the live-action. To know the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.

Shubham Singh

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