GSW vs BOS Dream11: Hello NBA fandom! How is the NBA fantasy treating you, surely, it is peaks and valleys with a lot of twists and turns in store for us fans! Well, this is the way the league has been since its inception. And now with the explosion of social media, the narrative has shifted dramatically as the players are in virtual contact with fans and check their accounts while a lot of chatter is exposed in the open. However, I am not concerned with the “spice” here, what interests me is how players and teams are doing with the Playoffs nearing as the Sacramento Kings and the Boston Celtics clash against one another.
The Kings have been struggling big-time again and this is not a story at this point as they keep on giving away advantages during most parts. Their offense can take a backseat, their defense has been awful since the beginning of the season and the firing of Luke Walton as the head coach makes less sense with each day.
On the other hand, the Boston Celtics have jumped a rank every week or so at this point and their elite defense has propelled them to a position of ascendancy. They have been the hottest team in the East since last month. Acquiring Sabonis has not changed the season’s trajectory for the squad as they keep on tumbling.
Host: Sacramento Kings
Visitors: Boston Celtics
Match Timing: 19 March, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Golden 1 Center
The Kings come into this game after losing a high-scoring affair 126:135 against the Bucks as Fox committed nine turnovers and Middleton along with Giannis combined for 68 points as the Kings defense had no answer
The above scoring line is rather a norm for the Kings, a team that has crumbled on the defensive end time and time again. It felt that getting Sabonis will increase the win count substantially but the results have been on the losing side. While Fox has contributed heavily as the scorer and playmaker, Sabonis has been hoarding points, boards, and assists, the wing position and the big Forward position haven’t been high-yielding scoring-wise. Meanwhile, the off-the-bench guard duo of DiVincenzo and Mitchell has done well but the defensive side remains a huge concern for the Kings team that surely needs a big boost at this point. So, will the coaching staff make some adjustments to the starting five because the combinations on the defensive end have not worked out?
Celtics proved a point as they beat Warriors 110:88 in the last game and limiting squads under 100 points has become a signature for the team as the squad limited Warriors to a mere 22% from beyond the arc
The Celtics were looking off-color till December but they have picked up their game since February especially as their defense has been the best in the league. Their strong perimeter defense coupled with the menacing frontline duo of Williams III and Horford has gotten it done more often than not. The rebounding is also strong with all players in the main five capable of notching boards and box-out. Scoring-wise, while the team is dependent heavily upon Jayson Tatum, the production of Smart as a playmaker and scorer has been welcoming too. Brown is an important part of the scheme both as a scorer and defender, Horford keeps the action going with screens and occasional scoring while Robert Williams III can grab big-time offensive rebounds. Grant Williams has done as a backup Forward while Derrick White despite his on-and-off shooting has been huge as a defensive guard off the bench while Pritchard has been doing okay as a shooter. Overall, the Celtics have elevated themselves on the defensive end and you have to keep a close look at them these days!
Boston Celtics | Sacramento Kings
Games: 70 | 71
Wins: 42 | 25
Defeats: 28 | 46
Sacramento Kings Team News
Sacramento Kings Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Harrison Barnes | SF: Justin Holiday
Middle: PF: Trey Lyles | C: Domantas Sabonis
Guards: PG: DeAaron Fox (QUESTIONABLE)
BENCH: Richuan Holmes , Donte DiVincenzo, Davion Mitchell, Louis King, Damian Jones, Chimezie Metu, Jahmius Ramsey, Maurice Harkless, Emmanuel Terry, Alex Len, Robert Woodward III.
Boston Celtics Team News:
Celtics Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Jayson Tatum
Middle: PF: Al Horford | C: Robert Williams III
Guards: SG: Jaylen Brown | PG: Marcus Smart
BENCH: Grant Williams, Derrick White, Payton Pritchard, Sam Hauser, Bruno Fernando, Daniel Smith.
Small Forward Tatum has been having another phenomenal season and he is the bedrock of the Celtics’ scoring effort. The wing has mostly been in 26-33 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 3-6 assists range. The SF can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-55
Fox has been the leading scorer and playmaker for the Kings and his production has kept the offensive balance ticking. He has mostly been in 23+ points, 6-10 assists, and 4-6 rebounds range. He is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-52
Jaylen’s availability is crucial for the Celtics as his two-way shenanigans help the Celtics in big ways and he provides the stability at the off-guard position. The Guard has mostly been in 15-22 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 3-5 assists range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-46
Domantas has led the Kings in rebounds during most of the games while also being a stellar inside scorer and a playmaker as well. He has mostly been in 15-22 points, 10-13 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-42
Pesky defender Smart has gotten it done on the offensive end as well and his ability to keep the offense afloat is crucial. The guard has mostly been in 14-20 points, 5-9 assists, 3-4 rebounds, and 1 steal range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-40
Wing Harrison’s numbers are down lately but he can still provide decent enough scoring and rebounding. The Forward has mostly been in 17-21 points and 4-6 rebounds range this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 19-28
How about Sabonis and Robert Williams fighting it out on the rebounding end? Unfortunately, if you are an NBA fan in India, this match can’t be viewed on streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot. Therefore the best method to watch the game is by just switching on the NBA League Pass. Go there and buy the annual subscription, which gives you access to all live games, and apart from that you can also catch the full game replay if you are not able to watch the live stream. To catch the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.