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SAS vs CLE Dream11 Prediction NBA Live, Fantasy Basketball Dream11 Team, Top Picks and Tips for San Antonio Spurs vs Cleveland Cavaliers

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SAS vs CLE Dream11: Here we are again, engaging with the nuances of the league called the NBA. The league has been around for more than 70 years now and has produced athletes that have made their names ring in the basketball world years after their retirement. We have seen the league continue to plug in high-level talent and the ups and downs of various Franchises are what makes the overall scenery complicated. And here we are discussing two such franchises whose fortunes have overturned significantly as the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the San Antonio Spurs.

Cleveland has 24 wins and 18 losses, and that is already more than the number of games they won in the 72-game season, which indicates massive growth. And truly, Cleveland has been a better team on both ends of the floor and their young talent has especially turned it up a notch. Overall, the Cavaliers are slated for a Playoff spot.

The Spurs have not enjoyed a similar level of success and the period since late December has especially taken the toll on this young team. The team has 15 wins and a humungous 26 losses and has been an under 50% win team for all of the season. Still, in terms of development, there have been promising signs.

Host: San Antonio Spurs
Visitors: Cleveland Cavaliers

Match Timing: 15 January, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: AT & T Center

NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis

Spurs: Tough period
COVID-19 outbreak has played a massive role in derailing Spurs’ campaign. The team had a decent 14 wins and 18 losses record before Murray went into the COVID-19 protocols and that is when the Spurs started to lose a lot. When Murray returned, more than half of the starters and crucial bench players were in the protocols, again, completely taking off the steam from the team. And how have they fared since the outbreak? Just one win and eight losses, completely putting them off rhythm. The Spurs have not been a formidable defensive squad all season long and when they missed their major players, they also lost the grip on the offensive end, which has been their strength. Dejounte has scored 20+, had dished 8+ assists, and has been a major force rebounding-wise but other players around him except Poeltl have been inconsistent. The team needs White and McDermott back and the current makeshift unit looks in trouble all game long.

Cavaliers: Can be even better
During every game, one area where the Cavs are likely to have an advantage over others is the length of the team. Cavaliers play a peculiar lineup with four big Forwards/Centers, this is unheard of even in previous eras(there might be some but trust me, this has never been the norm). With Garland at the one guard, the team has four bigs in Stevens, Mobley, Markkanen, and Allen in the starting lineup and Kevin Love is a PF who comes off the bench. Thus, there are a lot of rebounders, shot-blockers, and lengthy outstretched arms on the defensive end and that is why the Cavs have been an elite defensive squad all season long. Plus, with their length, there are also plenty of dribble drives and second-chance points. Apart from that, a couple of big shooting Forwards in Markkanen and Love help stretch the floor but yes, I doubt this type of system could have worked without a playmaker like Darius Garland, who is having a wonderful season in all respects.

San Antonio Spurs | Cleveland Cavaliers

Games: 41| 42
Wins: 15| 24
Defeats: 26| 18

San Antonio Spurs vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Live, Team News and Lineups


San Antonio Spurs Team News:

  • Derrick White, Doug McDermott are  QUESTIONABLE for the game..
  • Zach Collins is OUT for the game and it is unclear when he will be back

Spurs Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Keita Bates-Diop
Middle: C: Jakob Poeltl
Guards: SG: Lonnie Walker IV PG: Joshua Primo PG: DeJounte Murray

BENCH MAIN ROTATIONS: Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Bryn Forbes, Tyler Johnson, Thaddeus Young, Anthony Lamb, Jock Landale, Jaylen Morris, Joe Wisekamp.

Cleveland Cavaliers Team News

  • Collin Sexton is OUT for the game and will potentially miss the rest of the season.
  • Ricky Rubio is OUT for the game and probably for the season
  • Isaac Okoro is OUT here and will be gone long-term

Cavaliers Expected Starting Five
Forwards: F: LaMar Stevens PF: Lauri Markkanen
Middle: C: Jarrett Allen C: Evan Mobley
Guard: PG: Darius Garland

BENCH: Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, Cedi Osman, Dylan Windler, Ed Davis, RJ Nembhard Jr. Kevin Pangos.

NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks

Dejounte Murray(SAS)
Points: 32
Rebounds: 10
Assists: 11
Steals: 03
Murray has been the scoring, assists, and steals leader for the Spurs this season and he has surely improved as an offensive player. Murray has scored 20 or more, grabbed 7+ rebounds, and 8+ assists a game on a regular basis. Dejounte can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 48-66

Darius Garland(CLE)
Points: 11
Rebounds: 10
Assists: 15
Steals: 01
Darius is responsible for keeping the Forward-heavy lineup of the Cavs ticking through his extraordinary passing skills. The guard has seen a dip in scoring but yes 10+ points and 8+ assists production per night can be expected from him.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-49

Jarrett Allen(CLE)
Points: 12
Rebounds: 07
Assists: 02
Blocks: 01
Jarrett is having perhaps the best season of his life and ever since he has arrived in Cleveland, he has been in top-notch form hitting the prime of his career. The Center has mostly scored in 12-18 points range, grabs 11-18 rebounds, and blocks 1-3 shots regularly.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-44

Jakob Poeltl(SAS)
Points: 13
Rebounds: 06
Assists: 03
Steals: 02
Blocks: 02
Jakob plays a vital role as the Center of the team and has given the team serviceable scoring, rebounding, and playmaking in the middle. He has scored in the 13-18 points range and has grabbed 6+ rebounds on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-39

Keldon Johnson(SAS)
Points: 18
Rebounds: 05
Assists: 01
Keldon is a crucial part at the Forward position for the Spurs who has improved in multiple spheres for the team, especially in terms of rebounding. He usually scores 12+ points and grabs 5+ rebounds.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-33

Evan Mobley(CLE)
Points: 15
Rebounds: 10
Assists: 07
Blocks: 01
Evan Mobley doesn’t look like a rookie and has played like an experienced player so far this season. The big has scored in the 14-18 points range, has grabbed 6-10 rebounds, and has also dished 5 or more assists in the last two games while blocking 1-3 shots a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-42

SAS vs CLE DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS

  • Lonnie Walker IV(SAS) had 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks, 2 steals in the last game. Lonnie is a microwave type of player who can be on and off from the field more than any other player on the team who plays regular minutes. Walker has usually scored in the 11-15 points range.
  • Bryn Forbes(SAS) had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. He has scored 18 or more in two of the last three games, he has been really inefficient from the field at times though.
  • Lauri Markkanen(CLE) had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in the last game. The big Forward usually scores 11-15 points and grabs 5-7 rebounds per game.
  • Devin Vassell(SAS) had 12 points, 5 rebounds in the last game. Devin usually hovers in the 10-15 points range and he is mostly a developing player.
  • Keita Bates-Diop(SAS) had 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block in the last game. Keita usually grabs 6-8 rebounds per game while sometimes scoring past 10.
  • Cedi Osman(CLE) had 8 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals in the last game. Cedi has scored in the 10-15 points range this season.
  • Kevin Love(CLE) had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. Kevin is making a case for the sixth player of the season, scoring 15+ points and grabbing 5+ rebounds regularly.
  • Rajon Rondo(CLE) had 5 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals in the last game. Rondo has shown a little bit of everything in the first three games for the team.
  • Lamar Stevens(CLE) bagged 23 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in the last game. Lamar has usually figured in the 5-9 points range but has some 15+ points every fourth or fifth game these days.

SAS vs CLE Dream11 Team

PG: D Murray(SP), B Forbes, L Stevens
SG: D Garland(PP)
SF: L Markkanen
PF: K Bates-Diop, E Mobley
C:    J Poeltl

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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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