NOP vs MEM Dream11: NBA has been heading towards the All-Star Break and for most teams, at best a couple of games remain as the players get a much-needed relaxation. After the All-Star Break, the teams will have to make a push towards the Postseason as the season heads close to that window. This is an important time for many squads as the race to the last few remaining Play-in tournaments heads up. So, keeping in that mind, let us engage with the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies.
The Pelicans have 11 more losses than wins but yes, they have won five out of their last seven games, including a much-needed win versus the Raptors with McCollum in the fold. Talking about McCollum, his inclusion can improve the offense as the lineup now looks well-balanced. However, there are some issues that I will elucidate later.
On the other hand, the Grizzlies have been racking up wins after wins and have been the third-best squad in the league record-wise. The rise of the Grizzlies has made the race for the title highly intriguing as the young team has beaten many elite teams and has been playing a brilliant brand of basketball throughout the season.
Host: New Orleans Pelicans
Visitors: Memphis Grizzlies
Match Timing: 16 February, @ 06:30 AM
Venue: Smoothie King Center
Pelicans: The Pelicans make a strong push
A 30-points win against a sturdy Raptors squad will certainly boost the confidence of the Pels. They have been playing catch-up for the remaining Play-in spots because of an atrocious start to the season that set them back quite a bit. Not only that, the team’s three-point efficiency has been down for the most parts and there were not just enough weapons at the guard positions but I still believe Hart could have been utilized better as he is thriving with Portland as of now. However, the move to bring in CJ McCollum works because he is brilliant at creating long-range shots and can address various offensive issues for the team as he has gone to work right away.
One huge for the Pelicans have been the lack of production from Devonte Graham whose production is down significantly and they’d need the Guard to step up now with the Playoffs not far away. Brandon Ingram has been doing a brilliant job as the playmaker and he is becoming an effective Point Forward. Herbert Jones as a rookie has shown brilliant defensive chops and Jonas Valanciunas has been a vital component in the middle with his high-quality rebounding and scoring. Jaxson Hayes has been doing a great job as the backup Forward and Jose Alvarado has shown promise but the bench has been a bit lean and the Point Guard position will need to do more from here on.
Grizzlies: They are the story of the season!
The Grizzlies have been winning quite a lot this season and this has to be one of the smoothest rebuilds in the history of the league. The team made the first round of the Playoffs last season and had Jaren Jackson had been healthy for most of the season, the team could have taken it to the next level. Now that he has been active, the Grizzlies have been receiving some top-notch play on both ends of the floor. He has been a great help defender, rebounder and has also been dipping in points at a consistent basis. Jackson provides a great balance to the Grizzlies throughout the season. With him and Steven Adams, a great rebounder and defender in the frontline, the Grizzlies have been wreaking havoc.
Bane and Morant form one of the best backcourts in the league with the latter being a tremendous playmaker and scorer, and a candidate for the MVP. Ziaire Williams has been a great rookie with his consistent shooting while Brandon Clarke has been doing a brilliant job of slashing to the rim off the bench. De’Anthony Melton provides a great guard depth along with Tyus Jones while Kyle Anderson and John Konchar keep the train ticking. Grizzlies lead the league in steals and have been playing at a high pace. However, will it be enough to take down the Suns and the Warriors during the postseason? Can they make it to the Conference Finals, that will be huge indeed!
Memphis Grizzlies | New Orleans Pelicans
Games: 58 | 57
Wins: 40 | 23
Defeats: 18 | 34
New Orleans Pelicans News
Pelicans Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Brandon Ingram | SF/PF: Herbert Jones
Middle: C: Jonas Valanciunas
Guards: SG: CJ McCollum | PG: Devonte Graham
BENCH: Jaxson Hayes, Gary Clarke, Naji Marshall, Jose Alvarado, Willy Hernangomez, Trey Murphy III, Garrett Temple, Wenyen Gabriel.
Memphis Grizzlies News
Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Frontline: PF: Jaren Jackson Jr | C: Steven Adams
Guards: SG: Desmond Bane | PG: Ja Morant(QUESTIONABLE) | SG: Ziaire Williams
BENCH: Brandon Clarke, DeAnthony Melton, John Konchar, DeQuan Jeffries, Santi Aldama, Jon Tseke, Jarrett Culver, Dakota Mathias, Killian Tillie.
Morant has been an MVP candidate and can run away with the award by the time this season has done. Morant has been in the 23+ points and 5+ assists range mostly this season. He can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-51
Ingram has been a force at the wing and his ability to be a playmaker will bode well for the Pelicans in the long term. I expect 18-24 points, 6-10 rebounds, and 3-6 assists range from the Small Forward.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-46
Jaren Jackson Jr(MEM)
Jackson Jr. has been having a breakout season and he is vital for the Grizzlies on both ends of the floor. Jaren has been in the 16-23 points, 7-12 rebounds and 1-3 blocks range continuously this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-46
Valanciunas has been having a terrific season and hauls in major rebounds and scoring on a regular basis. Jonas has been mostly in the 16-19 points, 8-14 rebounds range continuously this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-44
CJ has been on fire ever since being acquired by Pelicans and he can turn it up on a regular basis in scoring scenarios. He has been scoring 20+ points and has been dishing 5 assists a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-46
Desmond has been having an electric season and he has become one of the more reliable three-point shooters in the league. He has scored 22 or more in two straight games while grabbing 4-6 rebounds and notching 2 steals or so regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-44
NOP vs MEM Dream11 Team
(If Morant plays)
PG: J Morant(SP), J Alvarado
SG: C McCollum
SF: B Ingram(PP)
PF: J Hayes, B Clarke, Z Williams
C: J Valanciunas
(If Morant doesn’t play)
PG: J Alvarado
SG: C McCollum
SF: B Ingram(SP), D Bane
PF: J Jackson(PP), B Clarke, Z Williams
C: J Valanciunas
If you like our Dream11 Prediction Tips, please share this article with your friends, who are also interested in playing Dream11 Fantasy Leagues. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Telegram, and YouTube for the best Dream11 Fantasy Tips.
Wouldn’t be fun to see the young Grizzlies wreak havoc against a determined CJ McCollum and amped up Ingram? Well, in not great news for Indian fans, this game can’t be seen through the official streaming services. The two designated Indian streaming platforms Voot and JIOTV are not going to display this game. I will keep arguing that the best way to get close to all the NBA games is by buying the annual subscription in the NBA League Pass which provides you access to all the live streams and full game replays too. For the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.