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| On Apr 28, 2022 1:55 PM IST

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


NOP vs PHX Dream11: The First Round of the NBA Playoffs is going to be soon and we have seen many intense battles already. But one thing is clear, the higher-ranked teams have overcome the initial hiccups and the East is the best example of that. The Heat, the Celtics, and the Bucks, the top three teams have qualified rather comfortably while the fourth-ranked team 76ers is also one win away. However, the West is a different picture, only one team has qualified, the third rank Warriors, while the Grizzlies and the Mavericks are a win away. But what about the Phoenix Suns, they are also a win away but they will face a feisty New Orleans Pelicans here.

The Suns won the last game through the wonderful defense and beat the Pelicans 112:97 as Mikal Bridges rose up for 25 points and also played beautiful defense. The Suns have been playing without Devin Booker but have won two of their three outings without him, which showcases their immense depth. Can they close out the business away from home against a disruptive squad?

Host: New Orleans Pelicans
Visitors: Phoenix Suns
Match Timing: 29 April, @ 05:00 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Smoothie King Center

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Are the Pelicans finished here?

While this series may not have been as close as the Grizzlies-Timberwolves one, it has still been highly captivating considering how the Pelicans have pushed the Suns to their limits. One thing that the Pelicans have done well is that they have not allowed the Suns to establish a running game at times but in the last game, the Suns got the much-needed night from Bridges.

In the last game, the Suns shut down Pelicans from the three-point line as the latter shot just 20% from there, making just 5 of them, compared to 10 by the Suns on a 37% shooting. The Pels did outrebound the Suns 47:40, largely thanks to Jonas Valanciunas, but they turned it over 15 times compared to 8 by the Suns, which gave the Suns six extra attempts at the basket.

The Suns also shut down Ingram who had scored 30 or more in three games straight, limiting him to 22. McCollum had a tough shooting night and except Jonas, no one was able to be a high-yielding efficient option. For the Suns, Mikal Bridges won the show with 31 points while Paul had a 20+ points and 10+ assists night as the Suns shot 50% from the field.

Fantasy-related tips

Brandon Ingram has been a reliable fantasy option and even though he had a cold shooting night in Game 5, he will be hungry to get it going on the home floor. CJ McCollum despite his shooting inefficiency remains a premium offensive option while also being a strong rebounder and playmaker. Jonas Valanciunas is a strong rebounding option. Alvarado continues to be a consistent fantasy option while Herbert Jones also brings decent fantasy value.

The Suns have been getting much of their production from Chris Paul, someone who can dish assists at a high rate while scoring a lot. Mikal Bridges’ raised his stocks after a so-so Game 3 while Deandre Ayton has been a terrific scorer and rebounder. Cameron Johnson and Jae Crowder have rather shot poorly at times while the bench has been largely unreliable.

Performances Predictions
Top Scorer: Brandon Ingram: 33
Top Rebounder: Jonas Valanciunas: 15
Highest assists deliverer: Chris Paul: 12
Scoreline Prediction: Pelicans 111   Suns 106

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(NOP)
Points: 21
Rebounds: 08
Assists: 05
Blocks: 02

Guard CJ shot just 7/22 in the last game and he has been a bit off at times but he has brought in terrific rebounding and playmaking as well. I expect a 23-28 points, 5-7 assists, and 5-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-48

Chris Paul(PHX)
Points: 22
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 11
Steals: 03
Point Guard Paul has been handing over assists at a high rate without turning it over much while his scoring is also vital with Bridges being out. I expect a 16-22 points and 10-15 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-48

Brandon Ingram(NOP)
Points: 22
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 05
Steals: 01

Wing Ingram finally cooled off a bit and shot just 7/19 from the floor in the last game but still was a more than decent all-around factor. I believe he will be in 28-34 points and 5-7 rebounds/assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-55

Deandre Ayton(PHX)
Points: 19
Rebounds: 09
Assists: 03
The Center play of Deandre has been huge and he has been both an incredible scorer and rebounder while giving incredible defense. I expect him to be in 18-24 points and 8-12 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-40

Jonas Valanciunas(NOP)
Points: 17
Rebounds: 14
Assists: 03

Steals: 01

Center Val has been the leading rebounder for the Pels and his ability to score and play more than decent defense is huge. I expect him to be in 15-19 points and 12-16 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-36

Mikal Bridges(PHX)
Points: 31
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 02
Blocks: 04
Steals: 01
SF Bridges had the best game of his Playoff career, netting 12/17 buckets while also playing elite defense that shut down the Pels. I expect a 18-25 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45


  • Larry Nance Jr(NOP) had 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Power Forward Larry has been a strong presence off the bench and I believe he will be in 5-9 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
  • Herbert Jones(NOP) had 4 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks in the last game. Defensive Forward Herbert has been a disruptive presence and I expect him to be in 7-12 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks/steals range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 11-22
  • Cameron Johnson (PHX)had 8 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists in the last game. Small Forward Cameron shot just 3/8 from the floor but he has done well as an all-around presence. I expect him to be in 8-13 points, 5-9 rebounds, and 2-5 assists range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-25
  • Jae Crowder(PHX) had only 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals in the last game. Jae shot just 1/5 from the three-point line in the last game but he has been a decent defender. I expect a 7-12 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-22
  • Jose Alvarado(NOP) had 12 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals in the last game. Guard Jose has been an energy-bunny off the bench and the Pels love him! I expect a 8-12 points and 1-3 steals range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 9-18
  • Cameron Payne(PHX) had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in the last game. Cameron did well in the last game, nailing four of his ten shots. I expect a 9-13 points range here.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 10-16
  • Jaxson Hayes(NOP) had 8 points, 3 rebounds in the last game. Power Forward Hayes has seen a reduction in his minutes. I expect a 4-8 points and 2-4 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 6-16
  • JaVale McGee(PHX) had 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Center McGee has been doing a decent job off the bench. I expect a 6-12 points and 2-6 rebounds range.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 9-18
  • Jose Alvarado(NOP) had 8 points, 3 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Energetic Jose is the apple of the eye for the Pelicans’ fans and I expect a 6-9 points and 3-5 assists range here.
    Expected Fantasy Points Range: 9-17

    NOP vs PHX Dream11 Team

    PG: C Paul(PP), J Alvarado
    SG:  C McCollum
    SF: B Ingram(SP), H Jones
    PF:  J Crowder, C Johnson
    C:    J McGee

    PG: C Paul(SP), J Alvarado
    SG: C McCollum(PP)
    SF: M Bridges, H Jones
    PF: J Hayes, C Johnson
    C:    D Ayton

    Where to watch NBA Live Score?

    With their season at stake, the Pels will be hungry to level things as we take a peek at some of the most scintillating athletes? In  a great piece of news for the Indian NBA fans, this game can be viewed on TV outlets MTV and Sports 18. Meanwhile, streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot are going to display this game to viewers in India. But there are two other games, don’t you wanna watch them? Well, you can get hold of the NBA League Pass. If you purchase the annual subscription, you can get all live games and you can also access the full game replay if you can’t watch the live-action. To learn the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.

Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.