ORL vs POR Dream11: NBA has now reached an interesting period this season, it is the midseason! What does that mean? Well, midseason signifies a lot of rumors exploding on a regular basis. It also means that some teams that have been struggling to make their mark can either pull the trigger for a rebuild or find major players in exchange for their star players. And there can be numerous teams that remain quiet during the window and let things manifest as they had. And let us see what the two teams who meet here in Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers do during the next few weeks.
Orlando Magic has been a rebuilding team this season and their season has been mired by injuries, inexperience and that is why the team has the worst record in the league. Still, the team has been competitive recently during many games but yes, in most, if not all games they enter as the non-favorites.
The Portland Trail Blazers have now struggled to make an impression for two seasons in a row. Their defense has been holding them back once again and their superstar guards McCollum and Lillard have also missed a lot of games. Will Portland make some moves or do they still believe in the current core?
Host: Orlando Magic
Visitors: Portland Trail Blazers
Match Timing: 18 January, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: Amway Center
Magic: The foundation looks solid
Orlando has done a great job of drafting some enticing talent and for me, they have hit the mark with some of the trades too. Getting Carter Jr. for Vucevic was a more than decent move as Wendell has shown the ability to be a big-time rebounder while improving his playmaking and scoring too. Franz Wagner has displayed his all-around talent at the wing position, Jalen Suggs has shown promise as a dynamic scorer, Cole Anthony has been doing his playmaking and scoring duties well again, leading the team many times while Mo Bamba can become a significant inside presence down the road. Overall, the foundation has been laid from the Point Guard to Center position, and that is a better foundation than teams like Pistons, Rockets, etc. who are the other rebuilding teams. If anything, the Orlando management is building high-value trade picks.
Trail Blazers: Is time up for the current core?
The Trail Blazers began the season with a core of Lillard-McCollum-Powell-Covington-Nurkic, on paper, a highly balanced team. A high-quality Point Guard, a high-scoring off-guard, a reliable scoring wing, a two-way big Forward, and an all-around Center, with a bench of Simons, Nance Jr., Little, and Dennis Smith Jr., again not a poor balance out. But it hasn’t panned out for the team. There is the perpetual lack of defensive discipline, which has held the team back and the pairing of Lillard and McCollum hasn’t been high-yielding in tandem to cover it up. Now, what has been the silverline? The play of Simons has been inspirational as he keeps showing his high-scoring ways and keeps burying tough shots and also has become a terrific playmaker in absence of Lillard, something he hadn’t shown earlier. Nasir Little has been showing his hops at a high level which means that the team can have something to build around even if they trade their key pieces. I will ask again as the trade deadline is a few weeks away, will the management stick to the current core or develop around the youngsters?
Orlando Magic | Portland Trail Blazers
Games: 44| 42
Wins: 08| 17
Defeats: 36| 25
Orlando Magic Team News
Magic Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Franz Wagner PF: Chuma Okeke
Frontline: C: Robin Lopez
Guards: SG: Gary Harris PG: Cole Anthony
Bench: Terrance Ross, Jalen Suggs, Wendell Carter Jr., Mo Bamba, R.J. Hampton, Moritz Wagner, Admiral Schofield, Ignas Brazdeikis.
Portland Trailblazers Team News
Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Robert Covington, SF: Norman Powell(QUESTIONABLE)/ Nasir Little
Middle: C: Jusuf Nurkic
Guard: SG: CJ McCollum PG: Anfernee Simmons
BENCH: Ben McLemore, Dennis Smith Jr., Trendon Watford, Cody Zeller, CJ Elleby, Greg Brown III, Tony Snell.
Cole has been the primary playmaker for the Magic but yes his scoring has been up-and-down a bit. A scoring range around 19-22 and dishes 6-9 assists a game on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-39
Simons has shown that he can be a big-time scorer and playmaker in this league, coming out of his shell in the major ballhandling role. Anfernee has scored 20+ and handed over 5+ assists a game regularly these days. The young guard can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-55
Franz is a Rookie-of-the-Year candidate and the Magic has received significant help from him. The Forward has scored in the 16-22 points range while grabbing 5-8 rebounds and dishing 4-7 assists a game on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45
Nurkic plays a vital role in the middle for Portland with the squad being short-handed, he has pulled down major rebounds and scored at a decent clip. Mostly, he scores 14 points and grabs 10-14 rebounds a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-47
Jalen is another rookie who has shown capabilities of becoming an effective scorer at the off-guard position. Suggs has been scoring in the 12-18 points range this season and has returned just recently from an injury.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-24
CJ McCollum(POR) is an off-guard who hasn’t played for weeks but will be available here. The guard has scored in the 16-24 points range this season.
Norman Powell(POR) is questionable for the game. The wing has usually scored in the 16-18 points range but when Lillard is out, he has had games of 20-26 points more often.
Robert has upped his scoring compared to earlier in the season and he also provides whatever little defensive grit the team has. Covington has scored 15 or more in three of the last five games and has grabbed 3 or more steals in four games in a row.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 21-29
PG: C Anthony(PP)
SG: C McCollum, A Simons(SP), J Suggs
SF: N Little, F Wagner
PF: R Covington
C: J Nurkic
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