PHI vs DEN Dream11: With the Playoffs are nearing, the intensity is picking up in various areas and the Postseason is a high-intensity atmosphere. However, the period just before the Postseason is no less intense considering that the time to make a run is decreasing now and you can’t afford a losing streak at this point, especially when you are a team looking to make the Play-in tournament. However, the two teams who meet here in the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets seem to have much loftier goals it seems.
The Philadelphia 76ers have become stronger after acquiring James Harden and he has done his job as the playmaker and scorer. The 76ers look like a title contender but their road is going to be tricky in a highly challenging Eastern Conference.
On the other hand, the Denver Nuggets have been also doing a wonderful job of stacking up wins and with Nikola Jokic running the show, they have given trouble to a bunch of teams. The Nuggets have been winning against below 50% win teams more often than not and as they wait for their two key players, things are looking encouraging for them.
Host: Philadelphia 76ers
Visitors: Denver Nuggets
Match Timing: 15 March, @ 05:00 AM
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena
76ers: They are in a highly competitive sphere
The 76ers are in second place in the Eastern Conference but don’t think this is a lock for them. Philly is in a tight race against the Bulls, Bucks, and Celtics and the win percentages difference between them is not so much. A big winning run can give them upward mobility but the teams below the 76ers have been doing a great job of piling up wins. So, yes the second-fifth ranked team is fun for sure.
With Harden, the team’s Point Guard position has surely been bolstered and he has been a great ball-handler while his pairing with Joel Embiid can work out considering Joel can be effective off-the-ball. Maxey and Harris are absolute keys with the lack of bench depth but in an encouraging scenario, Georges Niang has done well as the big Forward shooter off the bench. The 76ers have to play eight of the next ten games against the Playoffs-bound team.
Nuggets: Jokic has made sure they remain a formidable squad
The scary thing about Nikola Jokic is that he picks his game further as the Playoffs come knocking on the door. He has been an absolute menace in multiple areas and has single-handedly attracted the attention of almost all of the opposition. This creates an opening for shooters like Monte Morris, drivers like Jeff Green while Will Barton can be a shot-creator.
Aaron Gordon has been a strong offensive player too but the real recipe for winning will cook in the Playoffs once Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray are active. Murray will bolster the one-guard position through his scoring chops while Michael Porter Jr. is an effective defensive anchor. Once Murray and Porter Jr return, a lineup of Murray-Barton-Porter-Gordon-Nokic is surely versatile and the bench will be stronger if Morris slates in as the off-the-bench threat. So, yes, things are looking encouraging for the Nuggets even if they are in sixth place in the West.
Denver Nuggets | Philadelphia 76ers
Games: 68 | 66
Wins: 40 | 41
Defeats: 28 | 25
Philadelphia 76ers Team News
Sixers Expected Starting Five
Forward: PF: Tobias Harris
Middle: C: Joel Embiid
Guards: SG: Matisse Thybulle | PG: James Harden| PG: Tyrese Maxey
BENCH: Georges Niang, Furkan Korkmaz, Paul Millsap, DeAndre Jordan, Isaiah Joe, Aaron Henry, Charles Bassey, Charlie Brown Jr., Braxton Key, Myles Powell, Aaron Johnson.
Denver Nuggets Team News
Nuggets Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Jeff Green | SF: Will Barton
Middle: C PF: Aaron Gordon(QUESTIONABLE)| C: Nikola Jokic
Guard: PG: Monte Morris
BENCH: Bones Hyland, JaMychal Green, Bryn Forbes, Austin Rivers, Davon Reed, Marcus Howard, Facundo Campazzo, Zeke Nnaji.
Center Jokic has led the team in points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks throughout the season and well, he is the reigning MVP! The Center has been in 25+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 6+ assists range continously. He is usually the favorite for Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-75
Despite a bit of struggle in terms of efficiency, Center Joel has done his part, rebounding the ball, playing elite defense, and also providing consistent offense. The Center can be expected to be in 26-35 points, 12-16 rebounds, 1-3 blocks/1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 46-64
Wing Will has done a great job throughout the season and although his offense isn’t consistent, he does a lot of chores on the floor. The wing has mostly been in 13-16 points, 4-6 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-28
Harden has done a praiseworthy job as the one-guard for the Sixers and has given ample supply of scoring and playmaking. He has mostly been in 16-25 points, 9-14 assists, and 6-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-58
One-guard Morris has done a great job of stretching the floor while being a more than decent playmaker. The Guard has mostly been in the 13-19 points and 4-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-30
Big Forward Tobias has done his bid as a big Forward in terms of scoring, rebounding, and defense. He has mostly been in 14-16 points and 4-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-36
PG: T Maxey, B Forbes
SG: J Harden(PP), N Bones Hyland, W Barton
SF: M Thybulle
PF: G Niang
C: N Jokic(SP)
Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid battling it out in the middle! What else can you ask for! I have a piece of wonderful news for India-based viewers, this match can be viewed on streaming services JIO TV and Voot, the two official streaming services for viewers in India. Hey, a lot of other games are on screen. So, yes you can plug into the NBA League Pass and buy the annual subscription, where you can get access to all live games while you also can get the full game replay if happen to miss the live stream. To know the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.