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PHX vs MEM Dream11 Prediction NBA Live, Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies

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PHX vs MEM Dream11: The COVID-19 irritation just doesn’t go away and at this point, the NBA players have been pushed to their very limits. Still, the athletes keep fighting their way through the pandemic as the Phoenix Suns host the Memphis Grizzlies. Phoenix is going to be without Jae Crowder and Cameron Payne in this game while the Grizzlies recently got back Ja Morant.

Suns are the second-best team in the league record-wise, winning 26 games and losing just six, they have a lot of depth even with Payne and Crowder out. The Grizzlies have 20 wins and 14 losses as their scoring options have become more reliable over the season. Can the deep Suns team counter the scoring threat of the Grizzlies?

Host: Phoenix Suns
Visitors: Memphis Grizzlies
Match Timing: 28 December, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Footprint Center

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Match-ups
The Point Guard match-up between Ja Morant and Chris Paul is the highlight for me, both are superb playmakers and Paul has picked up his scoring as the month has progressed while Morant averages between 24-25. On the other hand, with Crowder gone, Cameron Johnson is most likely going to find a place as a starter to continue the two-wing combination and he is no less talented than Crowder. Meanwhile, the Center match-up between Steven Adams and Deandre Ayton can be a physical one where Jaren Jackson Jr. will need to help out Adams. The Grizzlies tandem of Bane, Jackson, and Morant can disrupt the rhythm of the Suns big time.

In terms of the bench, the Suns have lost a bit of depth with Payne and Crowder went, which can disturb the balance. The Grizzlies bench is no less impressive than the Suns’ and the Forward heavy bench can pull through. Match-up advantages as per my assessments:

Guards: Suns: 46% Grizzlies: 54%
Wings: 50% each
Big-ForwardGrizzlies: 61% Suns: 39%
Center: C:  Suns: 70% Grizzlies: 30%
Bench: Grizzlies 58% Suns: 42%
Overall: Suns: 53% Grizzlies 47%


Phoenix Suns | Memphis Grizzlies

Games: 32| 34
Wins: 26| 20
Defeats: 06| 14

Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Phoenix Suns Team News

  • Jae Crowder, Elfrid Payton, Deandre Ayton are in COVID-19 protocols.
  • Dario Saric will not play in the game and will be OUT for the long term.
  • Frank Kaminsky is OUT for the game.
  • Abdel Nader is QUESTIONABLE for the game.

Suns Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Cameron Johnson SF: Mikal Bridges
Middle: C: JaVale McGee
Guards: SG: Devin Booker PG: Chris Paul

BENCH: Jalen Smith, Chandler Hutchinson, Cameron Payne, Chasson Randle, Landry Shamet, Ismail Wainright.

Memphis Grizzlies News

    • Dillon Brooks, DeAnthony Melton, Yves Pons are in COVID-19 protocols.
    • Sam Merrill is OUT but will return soon.
    • Santi Aldama is OUT for the game.
    • Brandon Clarke is OUT for the game.
    • Zaire Williams is OUT for the game
    • Grizzlies signed Shaquille Harrison to a ten-day deal.

Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Frontline: PF: Jaren Jackson Jr. C: Steven Adams
Guards: SF: John Konchar SG: Desmond Bane, PG: Ja Morant

BENCH: Jarrett Culver, Xavier Tillman, Kyle Anderson, Shaquille Harrison, Killian Tillie.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Devin Booker(PHX)
Points: 13
Rebounds: 03
Assists: 03
Steals: 02
Devin had a tough 5/19 shooting night versus the Warriors but he will get his mojo back sooner than later. The off-guard has scored 30 or more in multiple games this month.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 48-60

Ja Morant(MEM)
Points: 18
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 09
Morant is a top-notch Point Guard who has given a lot of scoring and playmaking to his Grizzlies squad. He can score in the 17-25 points and dish 6-9 assists a game regularly. Ja can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 47-70

Chris Paul (PHX)
Points: 21
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 08
Chris Paul continues to play at an elite level and seems like he is not running out of gas anytime soon. The one guard has dished 8-14 assists a game while compiling 14-21 points regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-49

Desmond Bane(MEM)
Points: 28
Rebounds: 04
Assists: 02
Steals: 02

Bane has been a terrific scorer at the guard position and has shown improvements as the season has gone on. The high-profile guard is compiling 20+ points in most of the games these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44

Jaren Jackson Jr.(MEM)
Points: 21
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 03
Blocks: 02
Steals: 01

Jaren is one of the most promising big Forwards in the league whose scoring, rebounding, and defense can pose issues for opponents. The Forward has continually gone past the 20 points mark while grabbing 5-8 rebounds a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30

Deandre Ayton(PHX)
Points: 18
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 01
Blocks: 01
Steals: 01

Ayton provides terrific lineup balance to the Suns with his inside scoring, rebounding, and elite defense. The Center figures in the 15-20 points and 10+ rebounds range constantly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-44

PHX vs MEM DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

  • John Konchar(MEM) had 11 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks in the last game. Got the start when Brooks was out, doesn’t really put up numbers like these regularly.
  • Mikal Bridges(PHX) had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game, Scores in the 10-17 points range and grabs 4-6 rebounds a game.
  • Steven Adams(MEM) had 10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals in the last game. Has scored 8-10 and grabbed 8-14 rebounds a game regularly.
  • Cameron Johnson(PHX) had 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. He may get the starting role with Crowder out and an 11-16 points night is his usual production.
  • JaVale McGee(PHX) had 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block in the last game. The last game numbers are what he usually does in a few minutes.
  • Kyle Anderson(MEM) had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists in the last contest. Kyle has usually had 4-8 points, 3-6 rebounds, and 3-6 assists a game range.
  • Brandon Clarke (MEM) had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block in the last contest. Returned after a considerable gap. Usually scores in the 6-10 range.
  • Landry Shamet(PHX) had 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game. Can see an increase in his minutes with Cameron Payne out.

PHX vs MEM Dream11 Team

PG: C Paul(PP), J Morant(SP)
SG: D Booker, J Konchar
SF: C Johnson
PF: J Jackson, B Clarke
C:   J McGee
(lineup will be revisited before the game)

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Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.