SAS vs LAL Dream11: The wild goose chase for the Play-in tournament has been in full flow lately. With the tournament just a few weeks away, the current window will surely play a decisive role in determining which teams get to advance and which teams will fall short. So, yes, it isn’t like that any part of the season is irrelevant but the current countdown plays a huge role because the window to make a winning run keeps shortening. And two teams that have been in contention for Play-in spots in the form of the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs will clash in this game.
The Lakers have been the butt of many jokes this season but for LeBron James, who dropped a humungous 56 points in the last game, no season has been a joke. Despite all the circus, the Lakers have been holding on to the ninth spot. Will we see some resurrection after the 80% of the season has been a big disappointment?
On the other hand, the Spurs have struggled quite a lot these days. They are on a four-game losing streak and they have time and time again failed to close out games. Their defense has also let them down repeatedly but they still have an outside shot of making the Play-in competition. Can the Spurs salvage a spot in the play-in tournament with still a big chance to get there?
Host: San Antonio Spurs
Visitors: Los Angeles Lakers
Match Timing: 8 March, @ 07:00 AM
Venue: AT & T Center
Each game becomes bigger from here on
This is an important period for both squads. The Spurs have lost four in a row and they have hit this streak at the worst time possible because the Pelicans that are above them have hit a sweet spot. Yes, there are also Trail Blazers seated above them but they are unlikely to make much noise from the current period(you may never know though). But the Spurs need a huge refill now because they have three more losses and three fewer than Pelicans as of now and coach Greg will need to find something special from here to make a deep run. While it is true that the team has one of the best offensive units in the league, the defense has let them down.
The Lakers have been struggling all season long and one of the major reasons for that has been the fit between Russell and the team hasn’t just panned out. This has been pretty much the theme for all the season and the Lakers have lacked a strong defensive unit too. Although their play on the defensive end has been much improved, their offense has faltered quite a bit, and his highly reliant upon LBJ. They have been chased by the Pelicans these days with quite a fury and they must be wart of their foes in this game; the Spurs. So, yes, someone like Monk will need to put the hand up and help out LeBron on the offensive end too.
The Spurs have a size advantage in the middle with Jakob Poeltl and on the other hand, Murray has fared better than Russell Westbrook at the PG position. The Spurs have more length with two wings in McDermott and Johnson, a big in Jakob Poeltl but it will be interesting to see if Tre Jones pairs up with Murray in the backcourt. Carmelo Anthony brings stretch-four talent off the bench and the Spurs can face a challenge here because their bench can significantly weaken with Lonnie Walker IV being doubtful for the game. So, can Malik Monk prove to be a decisive factor at the off-guard position?
Los Angeles Lakers | San Antonio Spurs
Games: 63| 64
Wins: 25 | 20
Defeats: 38 | 44
San Antonio Spurs Team News:
Spurs Expected Starting Five
Wings: SF: Keldon Johnson | SF: Doug McDermott
Middle: C: Jakob Poeltl
Guards: PG: DeJounte Murray| PG: Devin Vassell / Tre Jones
Bench: Zach Collins, Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, Joshua Primo, Jock Landale, Tre Jones, Joe Wisekamp.
Los Angeles Lakers Team News
Lakers Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Stanley Johnson
Middle: C: LeBron James
Guards: SG: Austin Reaves | PG: Malik Monk | PG: Russell Westbrook
BENCH: Trevor Ariza, Avery Bradley, Talen Horton-Tucker, Wayne Ellington, DJ Augustin, Kent Bazemore, Dwight Howard, Sekou Doumbouya.
Basketball juggernaut LeBron has marched on despite his team stumbling in major ways and he has continued to define this game. The Forward has continuously been in the 30+ points, 6-11 rebounds, and 5-8 assists range. LBJ can be considered as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario. He is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 45-72
Murray has led all Guards in triple-doubles and his play has carried the Spurs to most of the wins, however, there is only so much he can do. The athletic Point Guard has been in the 20-26 points, 8+ rebounds, 8+ assists, and 1+ steals range for the most part.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-59
As the murmurs around Westbrook continue, he has still marched on, yes, his numbers are down compared to last season but he still manages respectable stats. Russ has mostly been in the 16-20 points, 4-8 rebounds, and 3-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-37
Johnson is a tad inconsistent offensively but there are times when he can have a big offensive game and change the complexion of the match. Mostly, he has been in the 16-21 points and 7-8 rebounds range but has scored 32 or more in two of the last four games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-43
Monk is not lighting up the league like he was in the prior months but he has been a significant off-guard for the struggling Lakers. He has mostly been in the 12-17 points range these days.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-30
Poeltl is an amazing screen-setter, terrific rebounder, and one of the highest-yielding bigs in the paint while being an above-average passer from the post. The Center has had a breakout season and has been mostly in the 13-16 points, 6-11 rebounds, 3-5 assists, and 1-2 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-38
(If LeBron plays)
PG: D Augustin, D Murray(SP), A Reaves
SG: M Monk
SF: L James(PP), K Johnson
PF: S Johnson
C: J Poeltl
(If LeBron doesn’t play)
PG: R Westbrook(PP), D Augustin, D Murray(SP), A Reaves
SG: M Monk
SF: K Johnson
PF: C Anthony
C: J Poeltl
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So, wouldn’t you like to see Murray and LeBron fighting it out as two of the best all-around talents? In a discouraging piece of news for India’s NBA viewers, you can’t watch this game on the streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot, two official Indian streaming platforms for NBA games. So how do you get close to the action? Just plug into the annual subscription in the NBA League Pass and you can also watch the live games and also catch the full game replays if you happen to miss the live stream. To learn the scores, news, stats, and other NBA stuff, go to the official website of the NBA.