SAS vs GSW Dream11: NBA Regular Season is going to end in a couple of days and after that, we will enter the Play-in territory. The first ranking in the West belongs to the Suns and the Grizzlies are the second, these two rankings being confirmed. Then the third to sixth place rankings are still undecided but beyond that, the seventh to place rankings are all but confirmed. One of the teams in the Play-in tournament, the San Antonio Spurs will host the third-placed Warriors.
The Spurs will be without DeJounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Jakob Poeltl, and Devin Vassell for this game, and all of these options form the foundation for this team. The second-string unit of the Spurs will have to work something special but lately, the Spurs have found ways to carve out wins.
The Warriors are in a close race against the Mavericks for the third spot, and although finishing at third or fourth will regardless give the teams a home-court advantage in the First Round, the match-up dynamics can change considerably. Nonetheless, the Warriors have some issues to sort out.
Host: San Antonio Spurs
Visitors: Golden State Warriors
Match Timing: 10 April, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: AT & T Center
What unit are the Spurs fielding here?
The Spurs are most probably going to pitch Josh Richardson, Tre Jones, and Joshua Prime as the guards, Zach Collins and Keita Bates-Diop are probably going to fill the frontline. While Jones has been a solid playmaker and can shoot well too, Josh Richardson has been strong as a scorer and an all-around player. Joshua Primo is not a high-yielding scorer but he is used to the starting role and has given them some decent minutes.
Zach Collins has been inspirational and a huge difference-maker off the bench and he can run some Picks and Rolls/Pops alongside Tre, Primo, and Richardson while being a factor on the rebounding end. Keita Bates-Diop is not an assertive scorer but defensively, he is solid. The bench will of course be highly weakened because most of the bench players that form the core will start here. Lonnie Walker IV’s consistency has been hit due to injury but he can give some depth to the bench
The Warriors will need to get it together now
The Warriors were highly underwhelming in the second half of the March but a three-game winning streak may have brought more confidence. However, two of those wins were against the struggling Kings and Lakers, and even this game against the Spurs doesn’t provide us a litmus test to if the Warriors have sorted their issues. Anyway, sticking to this game, the Warriors are going to rest Klay Thompson which will hurt their perimeter offense.
However, it also opens up opportunities for Wiggins and Poole to do more and Poole is surely having a breakout season as a superb isolation scorer. Wiggins is figuring his way out of a slump but I believe Draymond Green will play a decisive role as a defender, screener, rebounder, and playmaker. I think Otto Porter Jr. can be given 25-30 minutes at least in the small-ball scheme with Poole-Payton II-Wiggins-Porter-Green, which can be the leading unit here.
Golden State Warriors (3rd in West) | San Antonio Spurs (10th in West)
Games: 80 | 80
Wins: 51 | 34
Defeats: 29 | 46
San Antonio Spurs Team News:
Spurs Expected Starting Five
Forward: F: Keita Bates-Diop
Middle: PF: Zach Collins
Guards: PG: Tre Jones| SG: Josh Richardson | G: Johsua Primo
Bench: Devontae Cacock, Lonnie Walker IV, Romeo Langford, Joe Wisekamp.
Golden State Warriors Team News
Warriors Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Andrew Wiggins
Defensive anchor: PF: Draymond Green
Middle: C: Kevon Looney
Guards: PG: Gary Payton II | PG: Jordan Poole
BENCH: Moses Moody, Damion Lee, Jonathan Kuminga, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Otto Porter Jr., Chris Chiozza.
Jordan has made sure that the Warriors get quality production from the Point Guard spot despite the absence of Stephen Curry and he has upped his game. He has mostly been in 21-28 points and 4-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-45
Guard Tre has gotten it done in the absence of Murray and will get an even bigger role with Vassell and Johnson ruled out for the game. He can be in 15-20 points and 6-10 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-38
Two-wing Wiggins has been a great influence on the offensive end and in absence of Klay, he will need to pack up some big-time offensive production. He can be in 18-24 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-40
Off-guard Josh is bound to receive more touches and minutes with the main guns of the Spurs being out of the fray. He can be in 17-26 points and 5-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-34
Draymond has been in foul trouble lately but he is the defensive anchor and will play a vital role during the Playoffs. The Power Forward has mostly been in 6-10 points, 5-8 assists, 6-9 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks/steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Power Forward Zach will get big minutes in absence of Johnson and Poeltl, and he is having a great season after missing parts due to injury. I expect a 17-23 points and 7-13 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-35
PG: T Jones(PP), G Payton
SG: J Richardson, J Poole(SP)
SF: A Wiggins
PF: Z Collins, O Porter
C: D Green
(Tough call for PP, what do you guys think?)
Wouldn’t it be fun to watch Jordan Poole taking over the game? In a piece of terrible news, this game can’t be streamed on streaming platforms Voot and JIO TU, the designated streaming services for NBA viewers in India. So how can you see this battle? The most viable way to catch most of the NBA action is plugging into the NBA League Pass and if you buy the annual subscription(599 rupees for a year), you can acquire both the live stream and the full game replay. To know the scorecards, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.