SAC vs MIA Dream11: With COVID-19 making the job for NBA athletes even more tenuous in a long season, the league has kept on churning games thanks to the relaxed rules related to quarantine and allowing teams to sign ten-day deal players without a cap. Sometimes it feels like we are seeing a mixture of Summer League and Regular Season squads but yes many of these ten-day deal players have shown that they are no less a pro ball player than the major players of the league.
Anyway, in this game, the Sacramento Kings host the Miami Heat. Miami Heat fielded four ten-day deal players in the last game with many players out, some out due to injuries and other due to the persistent COVID-19 threat.
Meanwhile, the Kings have most of their players back and their regular rotation has been in play for the last couple of games. Still, playing a regular rotation hasn’t worked for Kings, a franchise that keeps finding itself at the margins of the rankings and far removed from the Play-in tournament at this point. For that, there is a lot of underwhelming basketball to blame and even when they were healthy, the Kings have kept on losing games with margins of 15+ or 20+ on a regular basis.
The Heat is the opposite of the Kings in that regard. Not only did they win quite a bit with healthy Adebayo and Butler, but they turned up the heat when both of them went down as the signing of Kyle Lowry has made them better compared to last season. With two leaders like Butler and Lowry, the Heat plays elite brand of basketball on both ends of the floor and that is why they are one of the best and deepest teams in the league.
Host: Sacramento Kings
Visitors: Miami Heat
Match Timing: 1 January, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Golden 1 Center
Kings: They have been highly underwhelming
The Kings have been involved in multiple games where they go down big, their shooting is cold, their defense is vulnerable and none of the players manage to avoid the big losses. Sacramento gives away big leads way too often and sometimes even after having a strong start, the team loses the advantage pretty quickly. This team is certainly not made for comebacks and these glaring issues have haunted them for years now, it is the manner of the losses even against short-handed teams which is disheartening more than anything. There is the talent with four guards with different capacities in Mitchell, Fox, Haliburton, and Hield but Fox and Hield have been ice-cold recently which has made the matters worse.
Heat: Too much depth
It is one thing that when your main Center goes down, your backup Center picks the slack up, but it is another when your backup Center goes down and the player third in line gets around 10+ points and 10+ rebounds a game as the norm. Omer Yurtseven has provided that lift and with Butler and Lowry, the Heat already has an intimidating leadership pairing. Tyler Herro is well-known for his scoring exploits and even if some key pieces like Duncan Robinson and Bam Adebayo are out, what has the Heat accomplished? A five-game winning streak as the team continues to blunt the opposition’s efforts on a regular basis. The Heat is on fire right now.
Sacramento Kings | Miami Heat
Games: 37| 36
Wins: 15| 23
Defeats: 22| 13
Sacramento Kings Team News
Sacramento Kings Expected Starting Five
Forwards: PF: Marvin Bagley III SF: Harrison Barnes
Middle: C: Damian Jones
Guards: PG: DeAaron Fox PG: Tyrese Haliburton
BENCH: Maurice Harkless, Alex Len, Chimezie Metu, Louis King, Terance Davis, Jahmius Ramsey, Emmanuel Terry, Robert Woodward III.
Miami Team News
Heat Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Jimmy Butler SF: Caleb Martin
Middle: C Omer Yurtseven
Guards: PG: Tyler Herro PG: Kyle Lowry
Miami Heat Bench: Chris Silva, Haywood Highsmith, Nik Stauskas, Kyle Guy, Mario Chalmers, Aric Holman.
Jimmy is one of those players who can adapt to any role, meaning, he can play both as a primary playmaker and as a scorer, and he is already an incredible defensive player. The wing can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-52
Tyrese Haliburton (SAC )
Haliburton has done a wonderful job at the one guard position of ensuring the offensive flow of this Kings team. He has been a major scorer, shooting the ball well from three while he has also led the team in assists this season. Expect 17-21 points and 7-10 assists a game from Tyrese these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-45
Herro is usually a primetime scorer off the bench but in the pandemic era, roles can shift quickly. Tyler is usually a 17-24 points a game scorer but a 9 assists game is usually not a norm in this case.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-35
Fox has been struggling to shoot the ball ever since he has cleared the health & safety protocols. His conditioning and his shot-selection both have been easy and the guard who was scoring in 17-24 points range earlier but now he is in 10-16 points range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 27-36
Lowry has been having a great season with the Heat and is one of the most incredible leaders once again. Kyle can score in the 12-17 points range and can dish 3-8 assists a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-38
Barnes was scoring in the 20s to begin the season but since mid-November or so, he is mostly scoring in the 13-18 points range. His rebounding rate has also decreased recently.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-29
SAC vs MIA Dream11 Team
PG: K Lowry
SG: B Hield, T Herro, T Haliburton(PP)
SF: J Buttler(SP)
PF: C Metu, M Bagley
C: O Yurtseven
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