SAS vs DEN Dream11: Western Conference has always been loaded with a lot of talent and the two teams who meet here are no different. In this game, the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets play in a back-to-back scenario of a two-game set. In the first game, the Spurs beat the Nuggets by 12 points with a 123:111 score.
Spurs are one of the best offensive teams in the league and they have some incredible guard depth. You can argue that they don’t look like a playoff team, but they are still a highly promising young team and the management will hope that coach Popovich is at the helm for a few more years.
Nuggets have been one of the unluckiest teams in the league. They lost Murray earlier in the year and have played a great chunk of games without him, while an injury to Michael Porter Jr. dealt even a more telling blow. Denver is overly reliable on Nikola Jokic and needs some players to pick up further responsibilities.
Host: San Antonio Spurs
Visitors: Denver Nuggets
Match Timing: 12 December, @ 07:00 AM
Venue: AT & T Center
Spurs: Admirable system
San Antonio is second in assists per game this season and whenever I write about them or watch them, I am enamored by how many scorers and playmakers they have. With Murray, you can run the offense in any style, White forms a superb scoring and playmaking guard pairing with him while Jakob Poeltl is also a high-quality passer at the Center position, so you have three tremendous passers in the main five. With Lonnie Walker IV and Devin Vassell coming off the bench, again, the offense is in continuous supply while Doug McDermott’s 13-18 points, mostly from outside, keep the offense rolling. The Spurs are one of the deepest teams at the guard position.
Nuggets: Gruelling season
The biggest loss with Michael Porter Jr. gone has been on the defensive end. The Forward is one of the best Forward defenders and not only do you lose rebounds and scoring, but the defense weakens significantly. That is why the Nuggets team which allowed a mere 90-104 points earlier, continuously gives up 110+ points right now. With not many offensive tools to match in the high-scoring games, teams like Spurs have become a nuisance to deal with for the flailing Denver outfit.
Denver Nuggets | San Antonio Spurs
Games: 25| 24
Wins: 12| 09
Defeats: 13| 15
San Antonio Spurs Team News:
Spurs Expected Starting Five
Wings: PF: Keldon Johnson SF: Doug McDermott
Middle: C: Jakob Poeltl
Guards: SG: Derrick White PG: DeJounte Murray
BENCH MAIN ROTATIONS: Tre Jones, Lonnie Walker IV, Drew Eubanks, Bryn Forbes, Keita Bates-Diop, Devin Vassell, Thaddeus Young.
Nuggets Expected Starting Five
Forwards: PF: Aaron Gordon SF: Jeff Green
Middle: C: Nikola Jokic
Guards: SG: Will Barton PG: Monte Morris
BENCH: Markus Howard, Zeke Nnaji, Petr Cornelie, Bones Hyland, Davon Reed, Matt Ryan, Facundo Campazzo, JaMychal Green
DeJounte Murray (SAS)
Dejounte has performed an incredible job as the point guard for the Spurs that has enabled his team to become an efficient offensive unit. the guard has usually figured in the 18-22 points, 7-`12 rebounds, and 7-12 assists range while getting 1-2 steals repeatedly. He is an option for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-51
Nikola is the central focus of the Denver Nuggets effort and keeps them afloat in a myriad of ways. The reigning MVP has continued to be the best all-around big and continues to contribute 22-32 points, 10-15 rebounds, and 7-12 assists on a regular basis while getting hold of 1-2 steals/ blocks a game every now and then.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-65
One of the massive reasons why Spurs are playing a better brand of basketball recently has been the improved play of Derric White. The high-scoring guard has ringed in 20+ points in most of the games this month while hovering in the 4-8 assists range too.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-40
Will’s burden has increased in the wake of injuries to Porter Jr. and Muray. However, he has hit his ceiling as an offensive player but that ceiling denotes that he can scoop up 16-20 points and 4-7 assists consistently.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-39
Jakob has become an all-around Center in the league and is enjoying perhaps his best season in the league. He is usually flirting with 9-15 points, 8-12 rebounds, and 4-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-37
Gordon did score 25 or so in the last game but that has not been the norm for him. The Forward can go for 20 in one game and can then score 4-8 points in the next. You don’t know what to expect from Gordon during many nights.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 16-41
SAS vs DEN Dream11 Lineup Balancers
PG: M Morris, D Murray(PP), F Campazzo
SG: D White, L Walker
SF: D McDermott
PF: K Bates-Diop
C: N Jokic(SP)
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