PHX vs DAL Dream11: Western Conference has seen a lot of bloom in terms of depth and basketball talent. In this inter-conference battle, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns clash against each other. Suns are on a nine-game winning streak while Dallas has double wins than losses. Can the Suns keep the train ticking with no Doncic in the picture?
Phoenix Suns have done an incredible job of fending teams but the team has also played teams with wins under 50%, but still, their run is admirable. Devin Booker has been on fire offensively while CP-3 continues to pass over dazzling dimes. Ayton provides reliable output in the middle while Bridges and Crowder are amazing defensive players who can also score.
Luka Doncic has received tremendous help for Porzingis recently and has continued to dominate defenses. Tim Hardaway and Jalen Brunson have given consistent offense and with Doncic out both of them will have to play a big role. Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell are entrusted with defensive duties while the rest of the unit is arguably a little thin
Host: Phoenix Suns
Visitors: Dallas Mavericks
Match Timing: 18 November, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Footprint Center
Mavericks: Grinding out wins
Doncic is the steam engine of this unit, and in his absence, a lot will be required from other players like Kristaps, Hardaway, and Brunson. The team hangs its hat on defense, limiting opponents around 105 points per game usually while the offense is a problem since there is a lack of depth. It will be interesting to see if the obvious lack of a deep bench will hurt them in long run.
Suns: Looking dominating so far
The Suns are a prolific squad on both ends of the floor. They have no problem scoring at a high clip and put together around 110-120 points on a regular basis. What makes them difficult to stop is the presence of intelligent perimeter defense and a packed paint with Ayton at the helm. The Suns’ team reached Finals last season and will look to recapture that spot again in the loaded West.
Phoenix Suns | Dallas Mavericks
Games: 13| 13
Wins: 10| 09
Defeats: 03| 04
Phoenix Suns Team News
Suns Expected Starting Five
PF: Jae Crowder SF: Mikal Bridges C: DeAndre Ayton
SG: Devin Booker PG: Chris Paul
BENCH: Frank Kaminsky, Jalen Smith, Abdul Nader, Chandler Hutchinson, JaVale McGee, Elfrid Payton, Chasson Randle, Cameron Johnson, Dario Saric, Landry Shamet, Cameron Payne, Ismail Wainright.
Dallas Mavericks Team News
Mavericks Expected Starting Five
SF: Dorian Finney-Smith PF: Kristaps Porzingis 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.
Devin Booker(PHX )
Superstar Devin Booker has been a force on the offensive end lately. The Guard scored more than 25 points in the last two games. He has pilled down at least 5 rebounds in each of the last four games and also handed over at least 6 assists in four out of the last five contests.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-69
Kristaps have come alive in the month of November and is playing some exceptional basketball. Porzingis has scored 29 and 32 points in the last two games and has scored 21 or more in the last four of the five games. He has also clinched 11 and 12 rebounds in two of the last three games. Can he carry the workload in absence of Luka? He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range 49-68
Chris Paul (PHX )
CP3 continues to drop dimes at an elite rate. He leads the team in assists with 10.2 APG and has also notched a bunch of 20+ points games this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-40
Jalen Brunson (DAL)
Brunson is more than able to pick up the slack at the scoring end. He has been huge in the current Dallas’ winning record and has scored 17 points in three of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
Tim Hardaway Jr (DAL)
Tim has had another effective offensive season for the Dallas Mavericks. The guard will be given major duties with Doncic out and the isolation specialist can certainly turn it on. He has scored between 17 to 21 points in three of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-31
Deandre Ayton(PHX )
Ayton has become one of the best two-way Centers in the league and has often led the Suns’ effort from the front. The big has notched a double-double in each of the last four games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-28
PG: C Paul
SG: T Hardaway, J Brunson
SF: R Bullock, M Bridges
PF: J Crowder, K Porzingis(SP)
C: D Ayton(PP)