POR vs OKC Dream11: As we look into the stats, analysis, and fantasy scenarios on a daily basis, there is more to the game than just predictions, lineups, and wins/losses. There are real human beings involved in the craft of professional basketball and these athletes put their bodies underline and no amount of money can fix the mental, physical, and social toll that the grueling grind of the lengthy NBA season. So, yes, this is an acknowledgment for the basketball players who are doing their best to keep the fans highlights. So, keeping that in mind, let us jump into the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Trail Blazers have been on an injury trial in the second half of the season. Damian Lillard has been ruled out for the season and missed more than 70% of the season due to injury. After trading CJ McCollum and Norman Powell, the team became thin offensively but the injuries to Nurkic, Simons, and Hart were the final nail in the coffin.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has also been as hurt as the Trail Blazers and at this point, they are also fielding a second/third-string squad at this point. The team is also losing 90% of their recent games and against elite teams, the squad barely stands a chance. However, this has opened up opportunities for some rookies to show off why they were picked.
Host: Portland Trail Blazers
Visitors: Oklahoma City Thunder
Match Timing: 29 March, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Moda Center
Both teams are hurt to no ends and at this time, they are both pitching players that have been on the deep end of the bench or freshly acquired some contracts. This is a great chance for many young players to show what they are capable of and perhaps an audition for an extended role next season. The Thunder did give a more than decent fight to the Nuggets in the last game, losing by just six points and this also means that some of these youngsters are also growing at a decent rate. However, this approach is not going to bring many wins.
With Shai out, the Thunder’s offense has completely derailed but Mann and Maledon have shown promise as guards. On the other hand, the Trail Blazers saw Anfernee Simons and Josh Hart pull off some tremendous games. The injury to Trendon Watford is surely damaging as he was playing a terrific brand of the basketball game in and game out. Anyway, the two teams will look for the offseason and find out some Playoffs pieces.
Oklahoma City Thunder (15th in West) | Portland Trail Blazers (12th in West)
Games: 74 | 74
Wins: 21 | 27
Defeats: 53 | 47
Portland Trailblazers Team News
Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
Middle: C: Drew Eubanks | PF: Greg Brown III
Guard: PG: Brandon Williams | SG: Keon Johnson | SG: CJ Elleby
BENCH: Ben McLemore, Keon Johnson, Kris Dunn, Elijah Hughes, Keljin Blevins, Greg Brown III.
Oklahoma City Thunder Team News
Thunder Expected Starting Five
Middle: PF: Isaiah Roby| C: Aleksej Pokusevski
Guards: PG: Theo Maledon | PG: Tre Mann | SG: Aaron Wiggins
BENCH: Olivier Sarr, Lindy Waters III, Vit Krejci.
(stats from these players’ last game)
Guard Mann has been doing a more than decent job of dipping in points and has raised his game as the starter for the Thunder. He has mostly been in 15-23 points range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-46
Drew has provided quality rebounding and he has been doing a great job on the offensive end as well. He has mostly been in 12-16 points and 8+ rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34
After seeing an uptick in his minutes, Theo has been having some strong shooting games and can continue doing so. I expect a 16-22 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-33
Guard Brandon has done well running the show and he has been doing a decent job as a scorer and playmaker. He has mostly been in 10-15 points and 2-3 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-25
Center Aleksej is having a rather strong season and he has done a great job as a rebounder and has also seen an uptick in his scoring. The big has mostly been in 10-17 points, 5-8 rebounds, 3-5 assists, and 1-2 steal range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-30
Guard Elleby has an impactful rebounder and has been doing a decent job defensively. The Guard has mostly been in 6-10 points and 5-8 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-24
PG: T Maledon, B Williams
SG: K Johnson, T Mann(SP)
SF: B McLemore, A Pokusevski
PF: I Roby
C: D Eubanks(PP)
Although the two sides are highly depleted, still, you can catch a lot of amazing young players here, so how can you watch it? In not the most encouraging news for the NBA fans in India, this game can’t be viewed on streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot. Thus, the most viable way to watch all the games is by getting on the NBA League Pass. If you buy the annual subscription, you can get close to all live games, and apart from that you also can acquire the full game replay if you are not able to watch the live stream. To learn the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.