POR vs NYK Dream11: Portland Trail Balzers will look to snap their two-game skid when they host one of the worst-performing teams in the NBA this season New York Knicks at Moda Center. This will be Blazers' fourth straight home game, while the Knicks kick-start their Western Conference tour with this match.
Knicks are on a nine-game losing run, with their latest setback coming at home against Indiana Pacers. That defeat was the 19th for the Knicks in the season, and they are the worst-performing team in the NBA at the moment.
But the Blazers are also down on the table and are getting further away from the playoff spots with each passing week. They have a negative return on the season with a 9-15 record and come into this game looking to avoid a hat-trick of defeats.
Fantasy Basketball – Head-to-head:
Portland Trail Blazers have won 66 times in 113 encounters against the New York Knicks. But importantly, the Blazers have won the last five games against the Knicks, have 11 wins in the last 13 games as well.
Total Games: 113
Portland Trail Blazers: 66
New York Knicks: 47
Host: Portland Trail Blazers
Visitors: New York Knicks
Match Timing: December 11, @08:30 AM
Venue: Moda Center
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Damian Lillard: He is the focal point for the Blazers whenever they go out and attack opponents' rim. The 29-year-old is definitely a head-and-shoulder above than most of his peers, and surely the best amongst the players lining up for this game.
Points Per Game: 26.7
Rebounds Per Game: 4.6
Assists Per Game: 7.4
Steals Per Game: 1.0
Blocks Per Game: 0.5
CJ McCollum: If one player from the Blazers‘ roster who has the ability to outscore Lillard, it is McCollum. He is the only player other than Lillard for Blazers to average in the 20s this season.
Points Per Game: 22.0
Rebounds Per Game: 4.5
Assists Per Game: 3.8
Steals Per Game: 0.8
Blocks Per Game: 0.9
Game-changes from Blazers:
Carmelo Anthony: The superstar and the future Hall of Famer. He can be an absolute astute inclusion in your Dream11 team.
Hassan Whiteside: His two-way approach is what makes him an absolute must-have here.
Marcus Morris: The former Boston Celtics small forward is now plying his trade with the Knicks, where he has become the leading scorer for the team. The 30-year-old has scored at around 20 points per game in the last 10 matches.
Points Per Game: 18.6
Rebounds Per Game: 5.8
Assists Per Game: 1.3
Steals Per Game: 0.6
Blocks Per Game: 0.9
Game-changes from Knicks:
Julius Randle: Averages 16.7 points per game, but leads the team in rebounds (8.6) and assists per game (3.4).
Portland Trail Blazers Team News:
Zach Collins remains out due to a shoulder injury and won't play here. Jusuf Nurkic is yet to play for the Blazers this season as he continues to recover from a leg injury, and that status is unlikely to change anytime soon. Rodney Hood (leg injury) completes the existing absentee list for the Blazers.
Status questionable: Jakarr Sampson (back injury), Malcolm Brogdon (hand injury) and Edmond Summer (hand injury).
In addition, Damion Lee, who has missed the last two games with a hand injury, remains a doubt.
Portland Trail Blazers squad: CJ McCollum, Kent Bazemore, Hassan Whiteside, Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony, Skal Labissière, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Nassir Little, Anthony Tolliver, Mario Hezonja
New York Knicks Team news:
Wayne Ellington has been ruled out of this game due to an Achilles Tendon injury. He joins 28-year-old forward Reggie Bullock (neck injury) on the sideline for this game.
Status questionable: None.
Note: Elfrid Payton should be fine for the match after recovering from a hamstring injury for the last game. Damyean Dotson (finger injury) is back fit now.
New York Knicks squad: Marcus Morris, Julius Randle, RJ Barrett, Frank Ntilikina, Allonzo Trier, Ivan Rabb, Mitchell Robinson, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr., Taj Gibson
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PF: Kent Bazemore
SF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Hassan Whiteside
PG: Damian Lillard
SG: CJ McCollum
New York Knicks:
PF: Julius Randle
SF: Marcus Morris
C: Taj Gibson
PG: RJ Barrett
SG: Frank Ntilikina
Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons, Skal Labissiere, Nassir Little, Mario Hezonja, Jaylen Hoard
New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Damyean Dotson, Kevin Knox, Dennis Smith Jr.
Portland Trail Blazers will have too much firepower for the lowly New York Knicks here.