PHI vs IND Dream11: Hello, dear NBA lovers, how has it been going! The NBA Regular Season will be done soon and after that, we will be greeted by the intensity of the Playoffs. Ain’t that fun! However, from here on, the number of teams will only be fewer in number and we will see a team lift the NBA title in June. Let us jump into the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Indiana Pacers.
The 76ers have been a little up-and-down recently and are likely to end up in the fourth position but have a shot at the third rank too. They wouldn’t like to finish at fourth and up their ranking because facing Toronto Raptors in the first round can expose their lack of depth.
On the other hand, the Indiana Pacers will pack their bags after a couple of days and their season is pretty much done. The team may rebuild next season but it is too early to know what the approach of the management is during the offseason.
Host: Philadelphia 76ers
Visitors: Indiana Pacers
Match Timing: 9 April, @ 10:30 PM
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena
The Pacers lost to the 76ers 122:131 and continued their lengthy losing streak.
The Pacers have lost eight games in a row, and this is not a surprise considering that they have been fielding a second-string unit at this point. The team lacks size up front and you can’t get away with such lineups against teams like the 76ers where Joel Embiid can do a great job as the inside scorer and get overpower the smaller lineup. This has been the case for the Pacers in the second half of the season since Myles Turner has been out. Their defense has been among one of the worst in the league.
The offense has been clicking through with Tyrese Haliburton having the key to the main ball-handling duties, he has been getting it done as a scorer too. Buddy Hield has been effective as a scorer as well and he has unlocked an all-around game. The team did stay competitive with Malcolm Brogdon in the fray but without him, they have fallen apart from often than not. It will be interesting to see if the team goes into the rebuild mode or fields a Playoffs level squad next season.
The Sixers enter the game after losing 114:119 to the Raptors as James Harden continued to shoot poorly.
This has been the toughest season for James Harden ever since he hit the prime. Let us not forget that Harden has been the MVP in 2018. He is still an elite playmaker, and he has been an all-around threat for most of his career. However, his shooting has been off many times this season and it will be vital for him to recover his shooting touch as the 76ers will be in the Playoffs. Joel Embiid has continued to dominate oppositions and he will be revved up for the Postseason.
The trouble for the 76ers is their weak depth but they can compensate for it through the MVP-type production of Embiid and Harden despite his struggles gives immense playmaking. Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris will need to up their game during the Playoffs while Matisse Thybulle and Danny Green will be entrusted to draw major defensive assignments. The 76ers can face trouble if they end up going up against the Raptors, a team that has been on fire recently.
Indiana Pacers (Eliminated from Playoffs race) | Philadelphia 76ers (4th in East)
Games: 80 | 80
Wins: 25 | 49
Defeats: 55 | 31
Indiana Pacers Team News
Pacers Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Oshae Brissett
Middle: C: Goga Bitadze / F: Isaiah Jackson
Guards: SG: Buddy Hield | PG: Tyrese Haliburton | PG: Malcolm Brogdon (QUESTIONABLE) / Terry Taylor
BENCH: Justin Anderson, Isaiah Jackson, Jalen Smith, Lance Stephenson, DeJon Jarreau, Keifer Sykes, Duane Washington Jr.
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: Furkan Korkmaz, Paul Millsap, Paul Reed, Shake Milton, DeAndre Jordan, Isaiah Joe, Charles Bassey, Charlie Brown Jr.
Young Guard Tyrese was a solid pick-up by the team during the offseason and the craft perimeter player and passer can change the complexion of the team next season. He has mostly been in 15-21 points, 10+ assists, 3-5 rebounds, and 1+ steals range. He can be considered as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-50
Center Joel has been touted as the MVP award clincher by various experts this season and he only keeps solidifying that talking point. The Center has mostly been in 30+ points, 9+ rebounds, and 1 steal/block range usually.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 44-60
Hield has done a lot more than scoring since coming to the Pacers and he may benefit from the midseason trade that brought him here. The Guard has mostly been in 19-25 points, 5-9 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-45
Two-guard Harden has been undergoing another tough shooting spell these days but he can figure it out as an experienced campaigner. He has still supplied quality playmaking and rebounding, mostly being in 13-18 points, 10-15 assists, and 4-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-55
Forward Oshae took advantage of the minutes opened by the departure of Domantas Sabonis and has been getting it done as a scorer. He has mostly been in 13-21 points, 6-10 rebounds, and 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
Tyrese Maxey (PHI)
Guard Tyrese Maxey is going to be a huge factor once the Playoffs arrive and he has done well as a perimeter shooter throughout the season. He has mostly been in 13-22 points and 3-4 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-26
PG: T McConnell
SG: D Green, B Hield
SF: M Thybulle, T Taylor, T Haliburton(PP)
PF: O Brissett
C: J Embiid(SP)
Don’t you wanna watch Joel Embiid dominating in the middle? In a piece of terrible news for Indian NBA fans, you can’t watch this game on the streaming services JIO TV and Voot, two designated streaming platforms for NBA games in India. Where you can catch the game? I suggest buying the annual subscription (599 rupees per year) in the NBA League Pass and you can both catch live games and also go through the full game replays. To learn the scores, news, stats, and other NBA stuff, visit the official website of the NBA.