POR vs HOU Dream11: NBA keeps heading towards the Playoffs and the Conference play allows only ten out of 15 teams to qualify for the Play-in tournament and with each week or so, the number of teams after Tenth April will only dwindle. This means that for teams that want to sneak into the Play-in tournament this has become a virtually knockout window as the Playoffs come near. However, for some teams, the season is pretty much done, and two of those teams in Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets will meet here.
The Trail Blazers have been in the middle of a disappointing season and this has been a turbulent window for them as Damian Lillard has been out for the most parts and has been ruled out of the season. Injuries keep haunting the team and there is no doubt that they are heading to the lottery.
On the other hand, the Houston Rockets are also heading to the lottery and this seems to be the game plan from the beginning. They are likely to land a young player around whom they’d like to build and the team does need someone who can change the fortunes of the Franchise at this point.
Host: Portland Trail Blazers
Visitors: Houston Rockets
Match Timing: 26 March, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Moda Center
The Trail Blazers had another big loss in the season as they lost 96:133 against the Spurs as injuries once again stalled their effort
The Trail Blazers have been one of the most injured squads all season long and the management decided around midseason that they will reboot the team and bring different players around Lillard. If you think about the guard rotation for Portland when it comes to the next season, there is a lot of promise. While Lillard can act as the leading scorer and playmaker, Simons can be used as an off-guard, and Hart as the third guard who can offer all-around skills, so it will mean the team has three superb passers.
Alongside Nurkic, the team can get a Small Forward or Power Forward that is slashing and defensive in nature. This will give some incredible balance and Hart can form a tough pairing along with an athletic wing. So, how will the Trail Blazers approach the offseason, will it will be enough to placate Lillard who has shown the willingness to be a lifetime Trail Blazers.
The Rockets come into this game after a 91:110 as no player could score more than 14 points and the Dallas defense completely shut them off.
The Rockets are going through these types of losses throughout the season and this has been the case ever since James Harden has left. The team lacks experience in the starting backcourt whereas there is a serious dearth of shot creators and also elite defenders. While Christian Wood has led the team in scoring and rebounding, he is not a Jokic type of player who can influence the game in diverse ways or can adopt such a leadership role.
Rookie Green has been impressive with his knack for three-point shooting at a high clip and if he improves his defense further, it will be a huge lift. On the other hand, Porter needs to be more consistent offensively and rookie Alperen Sengun has a lot of promise as a long-term Center for the team. So, how will the Rockets build once the draft arrives?
Houston Rockets (15th in West) | Portland Trail Blazers (12th in West)
Games: 73 | 72
Wins: 15 | 25
Defeats: 88 | 47
Portland Trailblazers Team News
Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
Middle: PF: Trendon Watford | PF: Justise Winslow | C: Drew Eubanks
Guard: PG: Brandon Williams/ Anfernee Simons | SG: CJ Elleby/ Josh Hart
BENCH: Ben McLemore, Keon Johnson, Kris Dunn, Elijah Hughes, Keljin Blevins, Greg Brown III.
Houston Rockets Team News
Rockets Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Jae’Sean Tate
Middle: C: Christian Wood
Guards: SG: Eric Gordon | SG: Jalen Green | PG: Kevin Porter Jr.
BENCH: Kenyon Martin Jr., Dennis Schroeder, Garrison Mathews, Dawid Nwaba, Alperen Sengun, Armoni Brooks, Josh Christopher, Daishen Nix.
(stats from these players’ last game)
Wood has led the Rockets in points and rebounds and has had a strong season as expected. The Center has mostly been in 16-22 points and 7-12 rebounds range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-39
Guard Josh has been a great acquisition by the Trail Blazers but injuries have hampered his season. Still, he is a terrific all-around guard and has mostly been in 20+ points, 5-8 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-43
Kevin Porter Jr.(HOU)
Porter Jr. has been the assists leader for the Trail Blazers this season and he has also picked up his scoring from time to time. He has mostly been in 11-17 points, 4-8 assists, and 4-5 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-30
Anfernee has not played in three weeks and before his long layoff, he was scoring and playmaking at a high clip. The Guard has mostly been in 20+ points and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-41
Off-guard Jalen is having a superb scoring season and has the potential to become one of the best three-point shooters in the league. He has mostly been in 17-22 points, 2-4 rebounds, and 3-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
Drew has given a more than decent job of scrapping points and rebounds, keeping up the ante without Nurkic in the middle. He has mostly been 12-18 points and 6-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
(If Simons and Hart are available)
PG: J Green
SG: A Simons, K Porter
SF: J Hart(PP)
PF: J Tate
C: D Eubanks, C Wood(SP), T Watford
(If Simons isn’t available)
PG: D Schroeder, J Green
SG: K Porter
SF: J Hart(PP)
PF: J Tate
C: D Eubanks, C Wood(SP), T Watford
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