PHI vs SAS Dream11: COVID-19 has caused multiple disruptions to the world, changing the way we think, live, or go about businesses. And NBA is a business, so it has to adapt to this tumultuous atmosphere by showcasing more flexibility. And it has indeed been able to field most of its games through the flexible approach, perhaps the most flexible approach any big-time major USA association has showcased so far. And that is the context in which the writers and readers associated with the league have to approach the current scenario.
And here, the Philadelphia 76ers face off against the San Antonio Spurs in an East-West tussle. The 76ers have won 21 and lost 16 games so far while the Spurs have logged just 15 wins and have lost 22 games. The 76ers have been a more consistent team lately while the Spurs have seen multiple absences now and their campaign can take a further hit it seems.
Host: Brooklyn Nets
Visitors: Philadelphia 76ers
Match Timing: 31 December, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: Barclays Center
Philadelphia: They have found their groove… Finally
Till early November, the 76ers had the best record in the Eastern Conference but then Joel Embiid’s COVID-19 induced absence caused a rupture to the 76ers’ offensive and defensive schemes. The team became a 50% win squad from a 70% win squad and lost around 80% of the games without him. Now, with him back, Curry and Harris also healthier, the 76ers have found their groove. The squad has notched five straight wins and continues to be a formidable unit with Embiid in the lineup, winning more than 65% of games when he has been around. Now, the next step for the 76ers is to win more against elite squads and make sure that they once again return to the elite squad status, something which they can do with the core of Curry, Embiid, Harris, and Maxey
Spurs: They can face a lot of trouble
Spurs remained largely free from the COVID-19 threat as late as the third week of December but for around the last 10 days, their campaign has taken a severe hit. First, Murray went down with the vicious virus, and when he went down, the team lost four in a row, as he is the leader in terms of scoring, rebounding, playmaking, and perimeter defense. But with Keldon, White, Vassell, and McDermott hurt, the team has lost three 14+ scorers and a 10+ points threat. With them gone, it is a must that Lonnie Walker IV returns to the action as he can act as a primetime scorer too. Still, with Forbes, Murray, Poeltl, Tre Jones, Bates-Diop, and potentially a returning Lonnie Walker IV, the team can deploy decent perimeter shooting although they can be hurt on both ends.
Brooklyn Nets |San Antonio Spurs
Games: 36| 37
Wins: 24| 15
Defeats: 12| 22
San Antonio Spurs Team News:
Spurs Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Keita Bates-Diop PF: Drew Eubanks
Middle: C: Jakob Poeltl
Guards: SG: Bryn Forbes PG: DeJounte Murray
BENCH MAIN ROTATIONS: Tre Jones, Lonnie Walker IV(QUESTIONABLE), Keita Bates-Diop, Joshua Primo, Jock Landale, Jaylen Morris, Joe Wisekamp.
Sixers Expected Starting Five
Wing: PF: Tobias Harris
Middle: C: Joel Embiid
Guards: SG: Danny Green(QUESTIONABLE) SG: Furkan Korkmaz, PG: Tyrese Maxey
BENCH: Georges Niang, Matisse Thybulle, Andre Drummond, Aaron Johnson, Isaiah Joe, Paul Reed.
Murray is an important component for the Spurs team and even if his stat sheet is stuffed, there is a lot he does that can’t be tabulated in statsheets. Still, Murray leads all one guards in triple-doubles, scoring in the 20+, grabbing 8+ rebounds, and dishing 10+ assists, while compiling 2+ steals on a regular basis. He is the favorite for the Star-Player in the Dream11 NBA scene.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-63
Embiid is an MVP-type of player and his scoring, rebounding, playmaking, leadership, and various other tools help the Sixers on all fronts, the 76ers lost around 80% of their games when he was in the protocols. Joel has scored 31 or more in five straight games. He has grabbed 11 or more rebounds in three out of last five contests.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-63
Jakob has been a wonderful presence in the middle for the 76ers and his inside scoring, rebounding, and passing have all improved. He has figured in the 15-19 points and 12-14 rebounds a game regularly this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-43
Harris has been a stabilizer at the wing position for Philly, whose scoring, rebounding, playmaking, and defense helped the 76ers become an electric squad. The SF has scored 19 or more in three of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-51
Forbes is a sharpshooting guard who despite his not-so-stellar defense can be a difference-maker through his shooting. With Vassell, White and potentially Walker IV out, Bryan can lump in at least 10+ points I believe.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
Since December, Seth has become a brilliant passing guard and I believe that is one of the main reasons why the 76ers have done better since mid-December. The Guard has scored in the 15-20 points, dished 5-9 assists a game on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-48
PHI vs SAS Dream11 Lineup Balancers
PG: D Murray(PP), B Forbes
SG: S Curry, J Primo
SF: F Korkmaz
PF: T Harris
C: J Embiid(SP), J Poeltl
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JIO TV and Voot are not going to stream this game, neither are VH1 nor MTV are going to telecast this match. So what option is left now? Well, you can watch the top-notch basketball action on the NBA League Pass and if you get the annual subscription, you can watch the live stream of all games and also catch the full-game replay too afterwards. For getting the score, go to the official website of the NBA.