NYK vs CLE Dream11: Hello, NBA fans! How have you been? We don’t have a long time remaining in the season and the time to make a big winning run is just collapsing. This means that teams that are looking to up their rankings or get into the Play-in tournament will need to get on a winning streak as of now because there are not many games remaining in the Regular Season. So, as the postseason nears, the Cleveland Cavaliers will look to regain their rhythm versus the New York Knicks.
The Knicks are already out of the Play-in tournament contention and they have played much better since the last few days but it has been too late at this point. They have still managed to win four out of the last five games and the rest of the season is more of a practice session for the team at this point.
On the other hand, the Cleveland Cavaliers have fallen off especially since the injury to Jarrett Allen. The absence of Evan Mobley has hurt the team even more and the team has had to rely upon deep bench players to get through games. Will they be able to at least clinch the seventh position?
Host: New York Knicks
Visitors: Cleveland Cavaliers
Match Timing: 2 March, @ 10:30 PM
Venue: Madison Square Garden
The Knicks come in this game after losing to Hornets 114:125 despite Evan Fournier’s 30 points night.
The Knicks have shown some fight recently but this has been too late at this point. The team’s defense has been above-average for most parts but their offense has been a huge problem. Kemba Walker was brought in the offseason to bring veteran scoring and playmaking at the Point Guard position but that experiment has failed miserably. Evan Fournier has knocked a bunch of three-pointers but he has been rather too inconsistent.
Immanuel Quickley has shown a lot of pop as the long-range shooter and if he develops his playmaking, it will book the starting guard spot for him. Alec Burks has been too inefficient and Mitchell Robinson has been an incredible defender but his offense is not enough to address the Knicks’ woes. The future of big Forward Julius Randle has been in question and RJ Barrett may get a fresh core in the offseason around him.
The Cavaliers suffered a horrific 107:131 loss against the Hawks and their season keeps getting worse somehow
The Cavaliers have certainly lost the plot in recent times. They have only won one of the last six games and there is no doubt that this lean run has made them slip from the fifth to the seventh spot, and the drop in two spots means that they are unlikely to get a bye till the First Round of the Playoffs and may have to earn it by going through the Play-in tournament. As of now, it looks that the Cavaliers can even end up losing their seventh spot and can slip all the way to the last rank considering how well the three teams under them are playing.
The absence of Jarrett Allen has created a fat hole in the middle for the team and not only he provide elite defense and rebounding, he also set rugged screens and engulfed inside buckets. Garland has been an elite playmaker and scorer while Markkanen has gotten it done too but Kevin Love’s production has fallen big-time while Cedi Osman is up-and-down. Another concern has been Caris LeVert’s lack of consistency. The team at least needs Evan Mobley to return soon as their defense has taken a holiday at this point.
New York Knicks (12th- East) | Cleveland Cavaliers (7th spot- East)
Games: 77 | 77
Wins: 34 | 42
Defeats: 43 | 35
New York Knicks Team News
Knicks Expected Starting Five
Middle: C: Mitchell Robinson/ Obi Toppin/ Jericho Sims| PF: Julius Randle (Game-Time Decision)
Guards: SG: Alec Burks | SG: Evan Fournier | SG: RJ Barrett
BENCH: Immanuel Quickley, Miles McBride, Taj Gibson, Ryan Arcandiano, Quinten Grimes, Jericho Sims.
Cleveland Cavaliers Team News
Cavaliers Expected Starting Five
Stretch-Four: PF: Lauri Markkanen
Middle: C: Moses Brown
Defensive Wing: SF: Isaac Okoro
Guards: SG: Caris LeVert | PG: Darius Garland
BENCH: Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, Dylan Windler, LaMar Stevens, Ed Davis, RJ Nembhard Jr. Kevin Pangos, Brandon Goodwin.
Guard RJ has been having a fantastic season but will need to work on his shot selection to be a more successful player in the long run. He has mostly been in 21-28 points, 4-8 rebounds, and 3-4 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-43
Garland leads the Cavs in scoring and assists and he is a contender for the Most Improved Player of the Year Award. The Guard has mostly been in 18-26 points and 8-12 assists range. The guard can be considered for Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-42
Guard Burks has done a much better job of shooting the ball compared to first half of the season while supplying tough rebounding and decent playmaking. Alec has mostly been in 12-18 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32
Stretch-Four Laur has done a great job as a scorer and rebounder, and the Cavs will only need more out of him. The Forward has mostly been in 13-20 points and 4-9 rebounds range lately.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 19-30
Bench guard Immanuel has made a case for getting a starter role next season and he can be a huge weapon on the offensive end with his exciting style. He has mostly been in 10-18 points and 3-4 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-28
Guard Caris has not yet fully adjusted to the Cavs system and although he did have a 32 points night some nights ago, he may take more time to adjust here. He has mostly been in 8-13 points, 5-7 rebounds, and 3-4 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
PG: C LeVert, A Burks
SG: D Garland(SP), I Quickley
SF: L Markkanen, R Barrett(PP)
PF: T Gibson
C: M Robinson
Don’t you like to see RJ Barrett in action and here he will go up against Darius Garland, another exciting Point Guard? But not in a very encouraging piece of news for India-based NBA viewers, this game can’t be viewed on streaming services JIO TV and Voot, the two designated streaming platforms for viewers in India. Then what can you do? Go to the NBA League Pass and buy the annual subscription (599 rupees per year), an avenue to catch all live games while you also can get the full game replay if you are not able to get the live stream. To learn the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.