NOP vs PHX Dream11:COVID-19 has disrupted the rhythm of the world and the NBA world is also affected by its motions. And that is why the league has had to adopt a flexible approach and make sure that games don’t get postponed. And how have they done it? Well, relaxed quarantine rules coupled with the provision to sign players on ten-day deals have helped matters.
Anyway, let us jump to this game, here, the New Orleans Pelicans take on the Phoenix Suns. The Pelicans have had a tough time this season and they need Zion Williamson back to get more team balance. On the other hand, the Suns have a deep team and as long as one of the Booker or Chris Paul is around the team will keep on ticking.
The Pelicans largely depend upon the frontline combination of Ingram and Valanciunas to get quality offense, however, there are other players who have stepped up their roles time and time again. New Orleans has been playing some inspiring basketball since the last week of November but they lack depth on multiple fronts.
Talking about depth, the Suns are unlike the Pelicans. Even without their main rotation players in Crowder and Ayton, they have found a spark from their bench players and as long as you have the duo of Paul and Booker intact, the offense will be in terrific semblance. Overall, Phoenix is a high-quality squad that relies on multiple players to pull through.
Host: New Orleans Pelicans
Visitors: Phoenix Suns
Match Timing: 5 January, @ 06:30 AM
Venue: Smoothie King Center
Well, the Suns can negate multiple match-ups through their Superstar backcourt of Paul and Booker. If we compare the point guard positions then the Suns usually have the edge. With the frontcourt combination of Ingram and Valanciunas, the Pelicans may have a slight edge but the wing platoon of Bridges, Johnson, and Smith can cause multiple disruptions too. There is a reason why the Suns are so formidable, more than the heavyweight personnel, each player has a clarity of role and thus the production is well-distributed.
For the Pelicans, there are lesser consistent players compared to the Suns. New Orleans needs a lift from big-time performances, but with Hart’s and Herbert’s improved play, the Pelicans have attained more balance recently. However, it is the defensive end where the Suns have the significant edge, where not only the team has more discipline but also has the ability to switch.
Following are the percentage-wise match-up advantages in my humble opinion:
Guards: Chris Paul+ Devin Booker(Suns): 70%
Devonte Graham+Josh Hart(Pelicans): 30%
Frontline: Herbert Jones+Brandon Ingram+Jonas Valanciunas(Pelicans): 53%
Mikal Bridges+Cameron Johnson+Jalen Smith: 47%
Bench: Suns: 53% Pelicans: 47%
Overall: Suns: 64% Pelicans: 36%
Phoenix Suns | New Orleans Pelicans
Games: 36| 37
Wins: 28| 13
Defeats: 08| 24
New Orleans Pelicans News
Pelicans Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Brandon Ingram PF: Herbert Jones
Middle: C: Jonas Valanciunas
Guards: SG: Josh Hart(PROBABLE) PG: Devonte Graham
BENCH: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Willy Hernangomez, Jaxson Hayes, Garrett Temple, Gary Clarke, Jared Harper, Naji Marshall,
Phoenix Suns Team News
Suns Expected Starting Five
Wing/Forwards: SF: Cameron Johnson SF: Mikal Bridges PF: Jalen Smith
Guards: SG: Devin Booker PG: Chris Paul
BENCH: Chandler Hutchinson, Cameron Payne, Bismack Biyombo, Chasson Randle, Landry Shamet, Ismail Wainright.
Devin is an offensive player of high value, he can shoot from distance, create separation through dribble drives and also possess some lovely floaters, runners, scoops, you name it. The Guard has scored 22 or more in most games, often eclipsing the 30 points mark. Booker is a great choice as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-48
Ingram is a high-quality offensive player at wing, whose variety of moves along with his terrific length poses NOPllenges for the opposing defenses. BI has figured in the 22-32 points range during most games this season while grabbing 4-8 rebounds and dishing 4-8 assists a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 49-59
Chris Paul (PHX)
Paul has been surrounded by a bunch of wings, a high-yielding off-guard, top-notch scoring Centers. What does this mean? The Guard can run riot on the offensive end through his passing and change the dynamics just through his lovely passing.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-49
Valanciunas has been a brilliant presence in the middle, who has expanded his shooting range and always been a superb rebounder. Valanciunas can go in a 15+ points range and also grab rebounds in the 9-16 range regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 41-52
Smith’s development as a young Forward must have raised excitement among Suns diehards, and I remember his incredible growth during the Summer League, and certainly, he is a more physical rebounder and a better scorer than last season. Can he manage 15+ points and 10+ rebounds again?
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-41
Josh Hart has been one of my favorite players since his Lakers days and there are plenty of reasons to like him. He can go big on the rebounding end, run the fastbreak, make incredible passes of the cuts, and also be a regular defensive presence. He can score 10+, grab 8+ rebounds, and dish 4 or more assists regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-35
PG: C Payne, C Paul
SG: D Booker(PP)
SF: B Ingram(SP), M Bridges, C Johnson
PF: J Hart
C:. J Valanciunas
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