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POR vs UTA Dream11 Prediction NBA Live, Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for Portland Trail Blazers vs Utah Jazz

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POR vs UTA Dream11: Ah, COVID-19 keeps making the job as a writer more hectic and as per the requirements, the writeups have to be written. Still, one who is interested in the sports world and earns a living through it has to bear the brunt of the shifting lineups and adjust as the league has adjusted itself. Anyway, in this game, the Portland Trail Blazers will take on Utah Jazz in cult classic Western Conference tussle.

Portland wasn’t doing any better before the COVID-19 surge and then the combination of injuries also hampered their campaign this month. The team has lost 75% of the games this month and even with Damian Lillard back in the mix, the Trail Blazers’ campaign has suffered. Will we see some trades from the management soon?

Utah Jazz has had another successful season so far. They have been better than the Trai Blazers for two seasons in a row and with their solid and deep lineup, even the injury to their offensive ace Donovan Mitchell leaves the team with multiple 20+ points scoring options. Utah has been on an eight-game winning streak this month earlier and has won their last four games.

Host: Portland Trail Blazers
Visitors: Utah Jazz

Match Timing: 30 December, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Moda Center

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Trail Blazers: How much can Dame do alone?
Damian Lillard has had some 30+ points nights this month and he has been at his scoring best during December all season long. Despite his recent surge, without McCollum, the Trail Blazers offense has lost its steam way too many times. On the other hand, the Portland defense has been lackadaisical all season long and that is why the team has kept losing games since the beginning of the season. There is a talented frontline of Little, Nance, and Powell, with Powell being a scoring threat but some players like Anfernee Simons haven’t performed as expected which has hurt the team’s already fragile balance with Nurkic and Covington placed in the protocols.

Jazz: Incredible depth, hunger to win
Jazz has fared in a scintillating manner after being the best team record-wise last season. This team is built to win. Even with 25+ PPG scorer Donovan Mitchell out, the team has three highly talented guards in Conley, Ingles, and the high-scoring Clarkson. Meanwhile, Rudy Gobert is a disruptive defensive, offensive, and rebounding presence on both ends. Bojan Bogdanovic can score in bunches while Royce O’Neale is a premier defense and hustle player. Off the bench, Rudy Gay and Hasan Whiteside complement both the first and second unit very well. Utah can cope with injuries to ace players unlike Portland, they have experienced, a solid foundation, and are capable of lodging mass wins.

Portland Trail Blazers | Utah Jazz

Games: 33| 33
Wins: 13| 24
Defeats: 20| 09

Portland Trail Blazers vs NBA Live, Team News and Lineups

Portland Trailblazers Team News

  • CJ McCollum is OUT for the game and can be out indefinitely due to a serious lung issue.
  • Cody Zeller is OUT for the game
  • Robert Covington, Keljin Belvins, Dennis Smith Jr., Trendon Watford, Ben McLemore, Jusuf Nurkic are in COVID-19 protocols.

Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Larry Nance Jr.    SF: Norman Powell     SF: Nasir Little  SF: Tony Snell
Guards: PG: Damian Lillard

BENCH: Anfernee Simons, Greg Brown III, CJ Elleby, Brandon Williams, Jarron Cumberland, Cameron McGriff.

Utah Jazz Team News

  • Udoka Azubuike has been OUT for a long time.
  • Donovan Mitchell is expected to be OUT for this game.
  • Malik Fitts is also expected to be OUT

Jazz Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Bojan Bogdanovic
Frontline: PF: Royce O’Neale    C: Rudy Gobert
Guards: PG: Joe Ingles  PG: Mike Conley

BENCH: Jordan Clarkson, Elijah Hughes, Hassan Whiteside, Rudy Gay, Miye Oni, Eric Pashcall, Trent Forrest.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Rudy Gobert(UTA)
Points: 16
Rebounds: 13
Assists: 02
Blocks: 03
Steals: 01

One of the most premium defensive Centers in the league, Rudy has led the league in rebounding and can pull off powerful moves inside. 13-20 points and a 12-21 rebounds range is a norm for the talented big. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-47

Damian Lillard (POR )
Points: 26
Rebounds: 02
Assists: 05
Blocks: 01
Lillard has been the major scorer with McCollum and he has stuffed some 30+ points performances this month after not hitting that mark for the majority of the season. You can expect 25-40 points and 5-10 assists from the superstar guard.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-50

Jordan Clarkson(UTA)
Points: 23
Rebounds: 08
Assists: 05
Steals: 01

Clarkson comes off the bench for Utah but can start for many teams in the league due to his instant scoring skills. With Mitchell out, a 20-28 points range look possible for the dynamic scoring guard and the reigning sixth player of the year.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 29-40

Nasir Little(POR)
Points: 20
Rebounds: 10
Assists: 02
Blocks: 03
Steals: 02

Nasir has shown that he can be a starting-level player and he has kept improving as the season has progressed. Nasir is usually in the 8-15 points and 6-10 rebounds range but the last game can fuel his confidence further.

Mike Conley(UTA)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 02
Steals: 04
Conley is more than a scorer, he can help seal off the perimeter and keep the ball distribution alive all night. I have no doubts that he can score more than 12 points and extend the scoring range till 20. He had scored in the 17-22 range before the last game afterall.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-33

Larry Nance Jr.(POR)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 03
While Larry has upped his performances because of the playing time, I believe he can do more damage on offense. Still, the Forward has crossed the 10 points mark twice in the last three games while garnering 5 or more rebounds consistently.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 21-33

POR vs UTA DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

  • Joe Ingles(UTA) had 17 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds in the last game. Joe played heavy minutes with Mitchell so a 10-17 points and 3-7 assists range look possible.
  • Bojan Bogdanovic(UTA) had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. The high-scoring wing has lodged 16-23 points a game regularly this season.
  • Norman Powell(POR ) had 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block in the last game. Norman has scored in the 15-20 points range in most of the games this season.
  • Hassan Whiteside(UTA) had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block in the last game. Hassan can dip in 8-13 points and clasp 5-10 rebounds a game when given decent minutes.
  • Anfernee Simons(POR ) had 11 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists in the last game. Anfernee shot 50% from the field in the last game after struggling in the games before.
  • Rudy Gay(UTA) had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. He has usually scored in the 6-9 points range this season.
  • CJ Elleby(POR ) had 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in the last game. Playing 20+ minutes due to a shorthanded roster.

POR vs UTA Dream11 Team

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Shubham Singh

Basketball is an intense sport and NBA has the most varied talents in the world. I like analysing basketball and uncover the nuances that dictate the game.

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