OKC vs DAL Dream11: Now with injuries multiplied and COVID-19 surge activated, teams have had to go deep into their benches and the roster balance has been disrupted. The Dallas Mavericks who will face Oklahoma City Thunder are also going to be without Luka Doncic in this game. Mavericks are a game under the 50% win mark while the Thunder has double more losses than wins in their 25 games.
Oklahoma City Thunder keeps on losing games and that is barely a surprise. The team is young, the team is highly inexperienced and there is little depth at any position and the squad is dependent upon two-three players only. This is going to be there for the rest of the season it seems like.
Mavericks began the season in a riveting fashion but lost their way around mid-November as losses after losses piled up for the team. The bench for the team is thin and the team is also vulnerable at multiple positions. Perhaps, the trade market can fetch someone who can make a difference?
Host: Oklahoma City Thunder
Visitors: Dallas Mavericks
Match Timing: 13 December, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Thunder: Pains of rebuilding
Oklahoma City is an outfit that wasn’t slated to do much in terms of wins before the season began. Their season has gone as expected and it is a little surprising since the team is too young and has little to no depth. With Shai, Giddey, Dort, and Bazley, the team can see some decent contributions but still, there are too many stretches where the Thunder look totally outmatched. Earlier, the defense was doing well but now even that aspect has relented. Can Thunder salvage some development since the theme of the season has not been encouraging so far?
Mavs: They need answers
Even though Luka’s production is a little down this season, it is not upon him that most of the blame should be placed. Kristaps Porzingis has been stellar in terms of scoring while Brunson and Hardaway also chip away but the Center and Wing positions are often short in terms of scoring and it is just these four players who can muster up something. With Doncic being constantly placed on the injury list, the Mavericks season has lost its earlier steam and perhaps some moves can be made before the trade deadline expires.
Oklahoma City Thunder| Dallas Mavericks
Games: 25| 25
Wins: 07| 12
Defeats: 18| 13
Dallas Mavericks Team News
Mavericks Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Dorian Finney-Smith
Stretch-Four: PF: Kristaps Porzingis(PROBABLE)
Middle: C: Dwight Powell
SG: Tim Hardaway PG: Jalen Brunson
BENCH: Moses Brown, Trey Burke, Willie Cauley-Stein, Boban Marjanovic, JaqQuori McLaughlin, Frank Ntilikina, Eugene Omoruyi, Reggie Bullock, Tyrell Terry.
Thunder Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Luguentz Dort
Frontline: PF: Darius Bazley PF: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
Guards: PG: Josh Giddey PG: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
BENCH: Aleksej Pokuveski, Isaiah Roby, Kenrich Williams, Tre Mann, Derrick Favors, Mike Muscala, Theo Maledon, Paul Watson, Ty Jerome, Gabriel Deck.
Shai is the oxygen to the depleted offensive effort of his team on most of the night, if he scores under 20 or so, mostly, the Thunder efforts can kiss goodbye to a win. Shai has scored in the 21-30 points range lately while dishing 4 or more assists quite a bit. He is one of the options for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-46
Kristaps is having a strong offensive season and thanks to him, Dallas can dream of being even close to 100 points. He has figured in the 19-23 points range and 6-12 rebounds range throughout the season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-40
Josh Giddey (OKC)
Giddey has displayed a knack for an all-around game in his sprouting career. He has located himself in the 10-13 points, 6-8 rebounds, and 6-8 assists range. He has handed over 11 or more assists in three of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-35
Hardaway is one of the main scorers in this Dallas team but he gets shuffled around the starting unit and bench more than you’d expect. He usually dabbles with the 14-18 points range but with Doncic out, he may touch the 20 points mark.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33
Dort is the second-best scoring option for the Thunder and has upped his scoring average this season. He usually scores in the 15-19 points range but can also bag some 20+ points game here and there.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-29
PG: S Gilgeous-Alexander(SP)
SG: J Brunson, J Giddey, T Mann
SF: D Finney-Smith
PF: K Porzingis(PP), J Robinson-Earl
C: D Powell
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