Pelicans vs Mavericks Fantasy NBA: The New Orleans Pelicans will enter the contest after losing to Denver Nuggets despite Zion Williamson’s herculean 39 points performance. On the other hand, the Dallas Mavericks will hit the floor after losing to the Indiana Pacers despite 31 points and 18 rebounds outing by their talented Forward Kristaps Porzingis. A lineup related to NOP vs DAL Dream11 will be given at the end of the article.
Pelicans’ season: Pelicans have struggled to garner enough wins to be in contention for the Playoffs but there is still considerable time left to make a run. Zion Williamson’s play has again captured millions of hearts and the Pels continue to build around their two forwards in Brandon Ingram and Williamson. The team lacks depth at certain positions but the play of Josh Hart has been impressive of late.
Mavericks’ season: Dallas did not make any major moves during the NBA trade deadline and will like to move ahead with what they have. They are placed 8th in the NBA Standings for Western Conference so making the playoffs is still in the picture. The upcoming weeks will be crucial for the Doncic-led Mavericks. However, they did acquire JJ Redick and Nikola Melli in exchange for James Johnson and Wes Iwundu.
Host: New Orleans Pelicans
Visitors: Dallas Mavericks
Match Timing: 28 March, @ 06:30
Venue: Smoothie King Center
Streaming: WATCH Pelicans vs Mavericks NBA Live on Sony channels including Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 3 and Sony ESPN in India, and SonyLiv App
NBA Projections and Analysis:
New Orleans Pelicans| Dallas Mavericks
Games: 44 | 43
Wins: 19| 23
Defeats: 25| 20
New Orleans Pelicans team News:
Status out: No one has been ruled out for the Pelicans so far.
Status Questionable: James Johnson, Wes Iwundu, and Lonzo Ball are questionable for the game.
New Orleans Pelicans active roster: Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, Josh Hart, Willy Hernangomez, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Jaxson Hayes, Kira Lewis, Will Magnay, Wenyen Gabriel, Naji Marshall, Sidranius Thornwell.
Dallas Mavericks team News:
Status Out: Tyrell Terry, JJ Redick, and Willie Cauley Stein are not going to play in the game
Status Questionable: Luka Doncic, Nicolo Melli, and Kristaps Porzingis are questionable for the game.
Dallas Mavericks active roster: Tim Hardaway, Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber , Kristaps Porzingis, Josh Richardson, Boban Marjanovic, Jalen Brunson, Josh Green, Tyler Bey, Nate Hinton.
Projected Fantasy Points: 50
Zion has the potential to become the best Forward in the League and even contend for the MVP title. He has been an absolute monster in his sophomore year and opposing forwards seem to look helpless when he is driving to the rim with his huge frame. He can be elected as the Super-Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
While his offense has been impressive, Kristaps has drawn criticism for his defense. Kristaps has had to switch positions and may be confused about his role at times, however, recently, he has been a better defensive player. He has averaged 9.8 RPG so far this month. His status for the game is questionable so picking him can be tricky in advance.
Ingram uses his length to influence the outcome on both ends of the floor. The lanky Forward has been impressive at the SF position and forms a strong tandem with Zion.
Tim Hardaway Jr.:
Hardaway produces great offense but his shifting role has not provided him stability. However, he has still managed a terrific scoring season. The guard/forward has eclipsed the 20 marks twice in the last 5 games.
Josh Hart: PPG: 9.2 RPG: 7.6 PFP: 20
Hart is a heart and hustle player for the Pels and a terrific rebounder at the guard position, who can assist and score occasionally.
Jalen Brunson: PPG: 12.3 RPG: 3.6 APG: 3.2 TPG: 1.3 PFP: 27
Jalen infuses great offensive production off the bench and has helped Dallas to have some depth at the guard position.
Steven Adams: PPG: 8.1 RPG: 9.0 TPG: 1.6 PFP: 26
Adams hasn’t profited off much playing with Lonzo, as he did with Westbrook but he is a heart and hustle guy who gives his all on the floor. He has gathered 10+ rebounds 4 times this month.
Eric Bledsoe: PPG: 11.4 APG: 3.9 RPG: 3.4 TPG: 1.5 PFP: 22
Dorian Finney-Smith: PPG: 8.4 RPG: 5.3 PFP: 16
PG: K L Jr.
SG: J Brunson, J Richardson
SF: B Ingram(PP), J Hart, T Hardaway
PF: Z Williamson(SP)
C: S Adams