NBA Preseason is about shoring up rosters and giving up practice time to players before the regular season. In this match, Portland Trailblazers take on Sacramento Kings. More about POR vs SAC Dream11 will be given below.
Portland is going to rest most of the major players for this fixture. This is a common theme in preseason where star players either play lesser minutes or sit out games frequently. In the long term, the team will look to break open the old curses and make a deep Playoffs run this season. But can they do it in the loaded West? There are several doubts but who knows if the backcourt of Lillard and McCollum will lead the team there?
Kings have been rebuilding for more than 15 years or so. The fans must have been frustrated with the years of missing the postseason. De’Aaron Fox shows promise but so did Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins in the past. The team saw growth in Richuan Holmes last season while Tyrese Haliburton staked a claim for long-term too. Kings also drafted Davion Mitchell and seems to be stacking up resources to develop in long term. This can potentially be another rebuilding season, phew!
Home: Portland Trailblazers
Visitors: Sacramento Kings
Match Timing: 12 October, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Moda Center
The contest will take place at Moda Center which is the home floor of Portland Trailblazers.
Portland Trailblazers | Sacramento Kings (Preseason record)
Games: 01 | 02
Wins: 00 | 02
Defeats: 01| 00
Jusuf Nurkic can do a lot of things on offense and rebound well too.
De’Aaron Fox is usually among points, assists, and steals. An option for Super/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA fantasy lineup.
Nurkic led the team in rebounds during the last game. The big has really grown in stature as a versatile Center. Jusuf will look to make an impact this season and hope Portland makes a deep Playoff run.
Fox led his team in points during the last game. In all honesty, Fox is an all-star-level talent. He led Sacramento Kings in points and assists during last season and sizzled with his skills. Can Fox end Sacramento’s drought this season?
Anfernee led the team in assists during the last match. Simons will be looking for a bigger role with the team this season.
Thompson led the team in rebounds during the last game. The bruising big may come off the bench despite starting in Preseason. Richuan Holmes is too talented to be coming off the bench after all.
Dennis Smith Jr.
Dennis was slated to be one of the best future guards in the league when he was drafted. However, he has fallen off the radar and will look to have a comeback season in a backup role with the Blazers. Can the guard contribute 10-15 PPG consistently?
Davion is a hardworking two-way player. He will back-up De’Aaron Fox this season and it will be interesting to see if he can earn 25-30 minutes off the bench. If the Kings take the so-called development route again then he may easily lodge those minutes.
The veteran Forward will be hungry to make Playoffs again. Is he going to stick in the Kings long-term?
Larry Nance Jr.
Larry was among the steals leaders in the League last season. Nance Jr. also can get on boards and has an athletic game. How will he fit in a potential backup role? Or will he start in the Regular Season.
Tyrese will be playing a major role this season. Last season he showed that he can even start for the team but may play back-up to Buddy Hield this season. What role can the stellar playmaker and scorer carve out in the team?
Covington is a typical 3-and-D type of Forward. He will play a huge role for the Trailblazers this season.
Can Terence carve out 15-20 minutes this Regular season?
Will he stay in the team long-term?
PF: Larry Nance Jr.
SF: Robert Covington
C: Jusuf Nurkic
SG: Anfernee Simmons
PG: Dennis Smith Jr.
BENCH: Tony Snell, Ben McLemore, Norman Powell, C J McCollum, TJ Leaf, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Damian Lillard, CJ Elleby, Nasir Little, Keljin Blevins, Greg Brown III, Cody Zeller, Trendon Watford, Quinn Cook, Patrick Patterson, Marquesse Chriss.
Portland Trailblazers Squad: Larry Nance Jr., Tony Snell, Norman Powell, CJ McCollum, Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic, Ben McLemore, Robert Covington, Anfernee Simmons, TJ Leaf, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Dennis Smith Jr., CJ Elleby, Patrick Patterson, Nasir Little, Keljin Blevins, Greg Brown III, Cody Zeller, Trendon Watford, Quin Cook, Marquesse Chriss.
PF: Maurice Harkless
SF: Harrison Barnes
C: Tristan Thompson
SG: Tyrese Haliburton
PG: De’Aaron Fox
BENCH: Chimezie Metu, Marvin Bagley III, Louis King, Alex Len, Richuan Holmes, Damian Jones, Matt Coleman III, Davion Mitchell, Buddy Hield, Terance Davis, Jahmius Ramsey, Emmanuel Terry, Robert Woodward III, Neemias Queta, DJ Steward
Sacramento Kings Squad: De’Aaron Fox, Tristan Thompson, Tyrese Haliburton, Maurice Harkless, Harrison Barnes, Chimezie Metu, Marvin Bagley III, Louis King, Alex Len, Richuan Holmes, Damian Jones, Matt Coleman III, Davion Mitchell, Buddy Hield, Terance Davis, Jahmius Ramsey, Emmanuel Terry, Robert Woodward III, Neemias Queta, DJ Steward
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