PHX vs LAL Dream11: The NBA is an exciting league and with its expanded fanbase, we have seen the league reach the various parts of the international audience, and recently its expansion in the Indian subcontinent has been praiseworthy. And as the Playoffs are nearing, the intensity knob will be turned on as the race to the Playoffs is reaching the peak level. So, basically, this is an exciting period for the fans who tune into the league on a daily basis. And with that let us tune in to the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Suns have been the best team in the league and they have done a wonderful job of piling up wins. However, the winning trail has been disturbed a little with the absence of Chris Paul, however, they have set such a high standard that even a slight failing can appear huge in their context. Let us see what Booker and co. from here on with Paul may be out for one more month or so.
On the other hand, the Lakers have been an embarrassing season overall. They patched up LeBron, Davis, and Westbrook but the experiment has fallen off for sure. Davis has been injured for the most part and one thing is for sure, the Lakers fans are scratching their heads at this point. However, that hasn’t stopped LeBron from picking up his game and he looks determined.
Host: Phoenix Suns
Visitors: Los Angeles Lakers
Match Timing: 14 March, @ 06:30 AM
Venue: FootPrint Center
Suns: Picking the league apart
The Suns lost to the Raptors 112:117 in the last game where Cameron Payne put up 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while dishing 4 assists. However, that wasn’t enough as Devin Booker put up 22 as well. Actually, it was a balanced scoring effort but in the end, the Raptors looked more inspired to win the game. Without Chris Paul, the Suns have had some trouble in terms of closing out games and his role as a floor general has been huge. The bench balance has also been disturbed without Cameron Johnson and it is clear, that the Suns team is facing more challenges as of now. However, with Booker, Payne, Bridges, Crowder, and Ayton, the main five are stacked. The schedule from the fourth week of March will get trickier so the team can see some losses but overall, they’re ain in a prime position to finish at the top.
Lakers: Getting picked apart
The Lakers did beat the Wizards 122:109 which has been one of their best outcomes in recent memory. LeBron James dipped in 50 points and this was his second 50+ points performance this month so you can see that the major load is resting upon him and without Anthony Davis, the team’s size and frontline is compromised. Malik Monk looped up 21 points and he has once again hit a sweet spot on offense this season. However, Westbrook followed his 30 points performance with just 5 points. Austin Reaves has also done well recently while Carmelo continues to be a formidable stretch-four. The trouble with the Lakers is that they lack size upfront and with Davis out, they have been at times getting massively outrebounded, so yes, this lack of rebounding, defense, and hustle has hurt them big-time.
Los Angeles Lakers | Phoenix Suns
Games: 66| 67
Wins: 29 | 53
Defeats: 37 | 14
Suns Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Jae Crowder | SF: Mikal Bridges
Middle: C: Deandre Ayton
Guard: SG: Devin Booker| PG: Cameron Payne
BENCH: Elfrid Payton, Landry Shamet, Bismack Biyombo, Torrey Craig, Javale McGee, Aaron Holiday, Ismail Wainright.
Los Angeles Lakers Team News
Lakers Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: LeBron James (QUESTIONABLE)
Middle: C: Dwight Howard
Guards: SG: Austin Reaves | SG: Malik Monk | PG: Russell Westbrook
BENCH: Trevor Ariza, Talen Horton-Tucker(QUESTIONABLE), Wayne Ellington, DJ Augustin, Kent Bazemore, Sekou Doumbouya.
*Last game stats*
James has been breathing fire these days and teams continue to have no answer for the Forward on a nightly basis as he keeps on filling the stat-sheet. The Forward has mostly been in 25+ points, 5+ rebounds, and 5+ assists range. He can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-42
Guard Booker has done well without Paul and he has picked up his playmaking in recent times while being an isolation threat. Devin has mostly been in 22 or more points while dishing 5+ assists a game largely.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 38-60
Monk has been doing a terrific job at the off-guard position and he has been doing a great job in terms of racking up points. Malik has mostly been in
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-42
Big Ayton has done a great job of finishing inside, grabbing rebounds, and has also played incredible defense. He has mostly been in 16-21 points and 7-11 rebounds range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-36
Guard Payne has been scintillating in his Point Guard role and has done a great job in terms of scoring and playmaking. The Guard has been in 20+ points and 4-10 assists range
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-29
One-guard Russell has done a great job as a playmaker, rebounder, and scorer, but he has been off his game more often than not. Westbrook has mostly been in 15+ points, 5+ rebounds, and 6+ assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-40
Don’t you wanna watch Ayton taking it inside and dominating the paint or Monk showing his hope and well, if LeBron plays, who would wanna miss the action? In a piece of great news, the two official NBA streaming services for Indian viewers in Voot and JIO TV are going to showcase this game. What if you want to catch the rest of the action? Well, purchase the annual subscription of the NBA League Pass and forget waiting for those services to telecast these games. To know the score, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.