POR vs SAS Dream11: NBA charges towards the Playoffs and the Regular Season has been 90% done at this point. The teams that are in the Play-in tournament contention need to pick up the steam now if they are to avoid the halt to their campaign. The reason why these teams have to now make an extra push for the Play-in tournament is that most of these teams have not garnered lengthy winning streaks, falling into the losing streaks bracket more often than not. And in this game, the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Antonio Spurs will take on each other in a Western Conference battle.
The Trail Blazers have been struggling with too many injuries and the injury list just keeps expanding with each week. At this point, the team is fielding a third-string unit and the season has been done for the team already. Coach Chauncey Billups just can’t catch a break and has been challenged in so many ways that it has to be a turbulent affair.
On the other hand, although coach Greg Popovich has instilled some terrific habits in the San Antonio Spurs things have still been incredibly hard for this team in a tough Conference. They have struggled to get near the 50% win mark despite having a potent offensive side. So, how will they respond with the Play-in tournament nearing?
Host: Portland Trail Blazers
Visitors: San Antonio Spurs
Match Timing: 24 March, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: Chase Center
The Trail Blazers grabbed a 119:115 win against the Pistons after a strong 23 points performance Brandon highlighted the effort
The Trail Blazers injury list is like the whole roster itself at this point. The team is missing all their leading guards, their leading Center, and many other players. Wisely, Damian Lillard has been shut down for the rest of the season and I do think that is a viable move considering that not much is left to scrape for Portland at this point. First, the team shipped away Norman Powell then CJ McCollum, and the injury to Nurkic just derailed what was left of the season. Anfernee Simons who was lighting up the floor with his tremendous scoring also got sidelined while even all-around SG Josh Hart has been ruled out for this particular game. The Trail Blazers season has been a hard one for the fans for sure.
The Spurs come into this game after a thrilling 110:108 win versus the Warriors as Keldon Johnson nailed a game-winner.
Although the Spurs did win in the last game, they have squandered the opportunity to make hay and ensure that they seize the tenth position in the West. While DeJounte Murray has been an all-around threat, he has often lacked support from the other players. Jakob has been a great screen-setter and Keldon has given some decent offense, the team lacks quality defense. The offense can be hurt at times too as the team lacks any player other than DeJounte who can put up 20+ points consistently. More will be needed out of Devin Vassell so that the off-guard position can be bolstered while Lonnie Walker IV who gave some scoring punch off the bench has been sidelined for this game too.
San Antonio Spurs | Portland Trail Blazers
Games: 72 | 71
Wins: 28 | 47
Defeats: 44 | 44
Portland Trailblazers Team News
Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
Middle: PF: Trendon Watford | PF: Justise Winslow | C: Drew Eubanks
Guard: PG: Brandon Williams | SG: CJ Elleby
BENCH: Ben McLemore, Keon Johnson, Kris Dunn, Elijah Hughes, Keljin Blevins, Greg Brown III.
San Antonio Spurs Team News:
Spurs Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Keldon Johnson
Middle: C: Jakob Poeltl
Guards: PG: DeJounte Murray| PG: Devin Vassell | SG: Joshua Primo
Bench: Zach Collins, Josh Richardson, Devontae Cacock, Jock Landale, Tre Jones, Joe Wisekamp.
One-guard Murray has led the team in points, assists, and steals while doing a great job as the defensive option. The Guard has mostly been in 19-26 points, 6-9 rebounds, 8-12 assists, and 1-4 steals range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-52
Brandon has done well as the reserve guard and although his shooting can be a bit erratic, he has done a great job of hoarding free throws attempts. He has been in 14-23 points, 3-6 rebounds, and 2-4 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-34
Wing Johnson has been getting it done as a scorer and rebounder while his role has expanded due to the injuries to Walker and McDermott plus the departure of White. The Forward has mostly been in 14-22 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-38
Eubanks has given some decent production in the middle as a scorer and rebounder. The big has mostly been in 12-17 points and 6-10 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-27
Big Poeltl has done a great job as the screener, rebounder, shot-blocker while bringing in decent inside scoring. He has mostly been in 11-16 points, 8-14 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Big Forward Justise gives above-average defense, can notch rebounds, and also get some points. He has mostly been in 10-16 points and 5-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-27
PG: D Murray(SP), B Williams
SG: J Richardson
SF: K Johnson(PP), D Vassell
PF: C Elleby
C: J Poeltl, T Watford
Wouldn’t it be a pleasure to watch DeJounte Murray showcasing his tremendous all-around skills here? In not a great news for the NBA fans in India, this game can’t be viewed on streaming services JIO TV and Voot. So the best you can watch all the games is by switching on the NBA League Pass. If you buy the annual subscription, you can get into all live games, and apart from that you also can acquire the full game replay if you are not able to catch the live stream. For learning the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.