SAS vs MEM Dream11: Hello NBA fans, how is it going? I hope y’all are fine and enjoying the league. The NBA is moving towards the Playoffs at a rapid pace and it is stunning how quickly another season is moving towards its final stages. For as many as ten teams, the journey will be over in 10-11 days, while the number of teams will only decrease from here on. This is the way the NBA has been for many seasons but since the last two seasons, the Play-in tournament has added intrigue as the ninth and tenth spot teams remain in the shot to make it to the First Round. And one of the Play-in contenders in the San Antonio Spurs will clash against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Spurs have found a way into the tenth rank all of a sudden and this is due to the continuous underwhelming play by the Los Angeles Lakers. The team has a huge chance of nabbing a Play-in spot and this remaining window is virtually a knockout situation for the squad. Can DeJounte Murray and co. capitalize upon it?
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have shown the league that they are the second-best team and may potentially face the Suns in the Conference Finals. Even without Ja Morant, they have been able to raze opponents and even Playoffs-bound teams have stood no chance against them at home. Memphis keeps on making statements.
Host: San Antonio Spurs
Visitors: Memphis Grizzlies
Match Timing: 31 March, @ 06:00 AM
Venue: AT & T Center
The Spurs come into this game after beating the Rockets 123:120 as DeJounte Murray dropped 33 points.
The Spurs have carved out a way into the tenth spot and they have made sure that they don’t lose games against below 40% win squads recently. The major reason for their elevated play has been Keldon Johnson’s increase in points production alongside Josh Richardson’s scoring ways. DeJounte has been a huge factor all season long while Poeltl has been a factor in the paint for most parts. Playing without McDermott and Lonnie Walker IV has created some fractures but coach Greg has found a way to spark the team through its intricate ball movement and much more improved defense. The win against the Pelicans a few days ago was huge while the team has shown that it is gearing for the Play-in run, however, the road is still tricky.
The Grizzlies dismantled the short-handed Warriors 123:95 as Bane, Brooks, and Melton each scored 20 points or so.
The Grizzlies depth has been the main reason for their special run. It’s as if the team doesn’t even bat an eye even when their core players go missing, which is surely not a common phenomenon in this league. The growth of Desmond Bane, the tenacity of Steven Adams, the two-way prowess of Dillon Brooks, the defensive dynamics brought in by Jaren Jackson, the playmaking of Tyus Jones, the slashing game of Brandon Clarke, the temperament of Kyle Anderson, the elevated scoring of De’Anthony Melton, the maturity of rookie Ziairie Williams has been a huge reason why the Grizzlies are able to threaten any opponent. They have beaten every elite team, they have the best running game, and their defense has continually pulled through.
Memphis Grizzlies (2nd in West) | San Antonio Spurs (10th in the West)
Games: 76 | 75
Wins: 53 | 31
Defeats: 23 | 44
San Antonio Spurs Team News:
Spurs Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Keldon Johnson
Middle: C: Jakob Poeltl
Guards: PG: DeJounte Murray| PG: Devin Vassell| SG: Joshua Primo
Bench: Zach Collins, Josh Richardson, Devontae Cacock, Jock Landale, Tre Jones, Joe Wisekamp.
Memphis Grizzlies News
Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Dillon Brooks
Frontline: PF: Jaren Jackson Jr (Game-Time Decision) | C: Steven Adams
Guards: SG: Desmond Bane | PG: Tyus Jones
BENCH: Brandon Clarke, DeAnthony Melton, John Konchar, Tyus Jones, Kyle Anderson, Xavier Tillman, Santi Aldama, Jarrett Culver, Killian Tillie.
Guard Bane continues to be an effective scorer and even when Ja is absent, the Grizzlies are able to extract quality production on the offensive end. Bane has mostly been in 20-26 points range. He can be chosen as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-48
DeJounte has been an all-around threat and he has been one of the huge reasons for the major Spurs victories this season. He has mostly been in 17-25 points, 8-11 assists, 6-10 rebounds, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-52
Jaren Jackson Jr(MEM)
Athletic Forward Jaren has been in a tremendous two-way form throughout the season and is in the running for the Defensive Player of the Year Award. He has mostly been in 15-20 points, 6-8 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range. He is a Game-Time Decision for this contest.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-35
Big Steven Adams has been relentless in the pursuit of rebounds, has been a stable playmaker while also playing quality defense. The Center makes huge impact in limited time, usually grabbing 9-15 rebounds, dishing 3-5 assists, and getting 1-2 blocks/steals while scoring 6-9 points.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-30
Wing Keldon has shot well from the field and has become a reliable multi-dimensional scorer who also brings more than decent rebounding. The Forward has mostly been in 14-21 points, 5-9 rebounds, and 1-2 steals/blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-41
Center Jakob has been a huge factor in the paint, regularly grabbing rebounds, scoring inside points, and also playing help defense. He has mostly been in 10-17 points, 8-14 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
PG: T Jones, D Murray(SP)
SG: J Richardson, D Melton
SF: D Bane(PP)
PF: Z Collins
C: S Adams, J Poeltl
Don’t you wanna watch Desmond Bane go at it or DeJounte Murray using his lengthy frame to finish near the rim? In not the best piece of news for Indian NBA fans, the two designated streaming services Voot and JIO TV will not showcase this game. How can you follow the action on screen? You can download or access the NBA League Pass and if you buy the annual subscription, you can view all the games and also their full game replays. To know the scores, news, and stats, go to the official website of the NBA.