POR vs DEN Dream11: In this classic Western Conference showdown, the Portland Trailblazers will battle it out against the Denver Nuggets. Trailblazers come into this game on a three-game winning streak while the Nuggets have lost their four games in a row. Both teams are a game above the 50% win mark.
Portland has some defensive issues but has put together a decent campaign since the last 5-6 days and is looking much better. Damian Lillard may have figured it out after a slow start and came up with a 39 points night versus the Sixers. Can Trailblazers extend their streak against struggling Nuggets?
The Nuggets have lost the zip because of a depleted team. The team is missing Michael Porter and Jamal Murray while Nikola Jokic has also missed the last few games. Will Barton and Aaron Gordon have been asked to do a lot of lifting on offense and it is clear Denver is shaken up after missing three of its key players. Will Jok return in this game?
Host: Portland Trail Blazers
Visitors: Denver Nuggets
Match Timing: 24 November, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Moda Center
Portland: Are they figuring it out?
Trailblazers have done well recently largely due to two-three reasons. Damian is back in form, shooting more efficiently, Larry Nance has provided some inspiring play off the bench and the bench has done much better. The defense is a LITTLE improved but still remains vulnerable. It is the defensive end that holds the Trailblazers back because on offense they have Lillard-McCollum-Powell from guard to wing spot, and all of them can score in bunches. Jusuf Nurkic’s offense has taken a hit and he will need to figure it out soon.
Nuggets: Thin right now
How can you expect a team that is missing its three main players to grab wins? While Barton and Gordon are superb defensive players and Will can score some points in ISO situations, they can’t be asked to do much alone. Jeff Green showed a better offensive game in the last game but Denver guards Morris, Rivers, Campazzo have been a tad inconsistent. This team needs more from the bench right now.
Portland Trail Blazers | Denver Nuggets
Games: 17| 17
Wins: 09| 09
Defeats: 08| 08
Portland Trailblazers Team News
Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
PF: Robert Covington SF: Norman Powell
C: Jusuf Nurkic
SG: CJ McCollum PG: Damian Lillard
BENCH: Tony Snell, Ben MDEN more, Larry Nance Jr., Dennis Smith Jr., Anfernee Simmons, CJ Elleby, Nasir Little, Keljin Blevins, Greg Brown III, Cody Zeller.
Denver Nuggets Team News
Nuggets Expected Starting Five
PF: Aaron Gordon SF: Jeff Green
C: JaMychal Green/ Nikola Jokic
SG: Will Barton PG: Monte Morris
BENCH: PJ Dozier, Austin Rivers, Bol Bol, Markus Howard, Zeke Nnaji, Petr Cornelie, , Davon Reed, Matt Ryan, Nah’shon Hyland.
It was official Dame Time in the last game for Lillard. After not scoring 30 points or more not even once in the first 16 games, the guard exploded for a 10/21 night shooting-wise while making all of his 14 free throws. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-69
The athletic guard plays a crucial role for the depleted Nuggets on both ends. Before a 4/15 shooting night versus the Suns, the guard had scored 19 or more in three of his last four outings.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-40
CJ McCollum (POR)
CJ is the better of a high-octane backcourt. He has scored 17 or more four times in the last five games. He has dished 5 or more assists in the last four of the five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-40
Aaron Gordon (DEN)
Aaron has been asked to do more scoring ever since Michael Porter and Jokic have been missing. The Forward has scored 14 or more in the last three of the five games while clamping down 7 rebounds or more thrice in that window.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
Jeff is coming into this game after one of his best offensive performances against the Suns. He had scored in single figures before the last game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
Jusuf Nurkic(POR )
Nurkic is known for his stellar presence in the middle. He has scrapped 11 or more rebounds for three games in a row including two double-double outings in that window.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-45
PG: M Morris, D Lillard(SP), F Campazzo
SG: C McCollum(PP)
SF: N Powell
PF: L Nance Jr, A Gordon
C: J Nurkic
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