SAS VS POR NBA Dream11 Basketball Prediction – Fantasy Team News
San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail Blazers
NBA Regular Season
SAS VS POR MATCH PREVIEW:
San Antonio Spurs (45-34) host Portland Trail Blazers (48-31) in NBA action on Monday morning (IST) at AT&T Center, in San Antonio.
Spurs moved slipped down from fourth to sixth in the Western Conference after losing their last seven of their last 10 games. They are just three wins away from Portland Trail Blazers who are 3rd in the table, and mathematically, could still finish the regular season at a respectable 3rd position if they win all their remaining three games, and Blazers lose all their remaining three games.
Talking about the real possibility, Spurs could yet miss out on the NBA playoff this season if they don’t stop the rot that has engulfed Popovich and his men in the last couple of weeks. Spurs have lost four times in their last six games, putting their playoff hopes in grave dangers. But they still have the destiny of playoff in their own hands, and all they need to do is to win their matches.
‘We are the real deal,’ that’s what Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard exclaimed in ecstasy when his 28-points effort and C.J. McCollum’s game-high 30 points helped trounced the defending Champions Golden State Warriors at Moda Center three weeks ago.
He is right actually. Portland have been the package of shocks and surprises this season. Nobody, in their wildest dreams, would have thoughts them sitting at 3rd in the Western Conference at this stage of the season.
Match Timing: Tomorrow, April 08, 06:30 AM IST
Venue: AT&T Center, San Antonio
Form of the Team-
San Antonio Spurs–
San Antonio Spurs have shone only in bits and pieces this season and the continued absence of their talismanic Kawhi Leonard is a big factor why Spurs are averaging just 102.5 points this season. Quite remarkably, only Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings are averaging lesser than Popovich’s team.
Spurs are coming into this match after losing their last two games against Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, two teams who are below them in the table and are almost out of NBA playoff reckoning.
But their defense is faring better and is allowing just 99.4 points against them. They are shooting at 45.8 percent while the opposition are managing 45.2 shots against them from beyond the arc.
In Kawhi’s absence, LaMarcus Aldridge has stood up to the challenge of leading the charge for Spurs, and is averaging 23.3 points this season.
Portland Trail Blazers-
If there is one team that is showing no signs of complacency, despite tearing the NBA apart this season, that team has to be Portland Trail Blazers.
Blazers are accumulating points at an average of 106 points per game this season, while opponents are scoring 103.3 against them in the 2017-18 season.
Damian Lillard is NBA’s fifth most consistent player this season as he is averaging 26.8 points per game. While Jusuf Nurkic is leading the rebounds chart for Blazers this season.
Last 10 Results-
San Antonio Spurs – W W W W L L W W L L
Portland Trail Blazers – W L L W W L W W L L
San Antonio Spurs – Win – 45, Loss – 34
Portland Trail Blazers – Win – 48, Loss – 31
Top Performer –
For San Antonio Spurs-
|Points Per Game||LaMarcus Aldridge||23.3|
|Rebounds per Game||LaMarcus Aldridge||8.4|
|Assists Per Game||Tony Parker||3.7|
For Portland Trail Blazers:
|Points Per Game||Damian Lillard||26.7|
|Rebounds per Game||Jusuf Nurkic||8.8|
|Assists Per Game||Damian Lillard||6.6|
SAS VS POR TEAM NEWS:
San Antonio Spurs:
Kawhi Leonard’s continuous absence remains a big puzzle despite doctors clearing him fit enough to play. Now, the 26-year-old Small-Forward has moved to New York for more rehabilitation work. So he is definitely out of this match.
While their record scorer this season LaMarcus Aldridge suffered a knee injury in the game against Washington Wizards. Now he is fit and healthy and raring to go.
Don’t leave him out of your Dream11 team.
LaMarcus Aldridge (Forward), Kyle Anderson (Forward), Pau Gasol (Center), Patty Mills (Guard), Dejounte Murray (Point Guard-Shooting Guard)
From the bench: Bryan Forbes, Danny Green, Tony Parker, Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne, Brandon Paul, Manu Ginobili, Davis Bertans, Brandon Paul
Portland Trail Blazers:
Maurice Harkless will have a knee surgery and has been ruled out by Blazers for an indefinite period. Ed Davis is a big doubt for the visitors.
While their record scorer Damian Lillard missed the last game due to some personal reasons. But he has said ahead of this match that he will be playing against Spurs in this match.
So our advice is – include Lillard in your Dream11 team.
Evan Turner (Forward), Al-Farouq Aminu (Forward), Jusuf Nurkic (Center), C. J. McCollum (Guard), Damian Lillard (Guard)
From the bench: Shabazz Napier, Pat Connaughton, Zach Collins, Wade Baldwin IV, Meyers Leonard
San Antonio Spurs – LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay
Portland Trail Blazers – Damian Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic
SAS VS POR FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Gregg Popovich is a master tactician. He is regarded as one of the best ever head-coaches in the world. So expect some tactical nuances when Damian Lillard and company visit his team’s home. But Portland Trail Blazers have shown this season that they are not afraid of any team, and Spurs may find it hard to stop the visitors who are one of the most aggressive teams in NBA this season.
Hard to call, but we are going for a home win.
NOTE: THIS SAS VS POR MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.