WAS vs HOU Dream11: COVID-19 and injuries seem to giggle at the NBA which keeps on grappling with short-handedness on a daily basis. With Omicron wave producing more than one million cases in the USA per day now, well, let us keep our fingers crossed that the action keeps going on. And till the ballers hit the floor, so will my fingers hit the keyboard.
Anyway, in this game, the Washington Wizards take on the Houston Rockets in an East-West tussle. Wizards are just one game above the 50% win mark while Rockets have ten wins and 28 losses while they have lost eight in a row. The Wizards have a great chance of nabbing a win here.
Washington Wizards have been playing some sub-par basketball since the second week of November and their earlier defensive identity has turned to dust. Still, they are a win above the 50% win mark and with a lot of time to play, they can figure out the ways to muster up a more resounding season.
On the other hand, the Rockets have fared way worse than Washington. They were expected to do as such before the season began and Houston has been in turmoil all season long. The Rockets have a lot of work to do in terms of developing some young players and well, they may land another youngster with a high level of talent but let us see how they develop the upcoming players.
Host: Washington Wizards
Visitors: Houston Rockets
Match Timing: 6 January, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: Capital One Arema
Wizards: They can become a 45+ wins team
With Bradley Beal scoring around 30 more often compared to earlier, the Wizards are now receiving his much-needed offensive output. The biggest relief has been the play of Kyle Kuzma, who many fans and critics have felt is indeed a 20+ points and 10+ rebounds type of player and after not performing that well on the scoring front, he has made huge headways recently. Daniel Gafford has shown that he is a starting-level player and has increased his scoring and rebounding output. Meanwhile, bench players Deni Avdija, Corey Kispert, and Davis Bertans have done well as stretch threes/fours. Overall, with Harrell, Dinwiddie, Bryant, Hachimura, Holiday out right now, the makeshift unit of the Wizards has done a decent job. In the long-term scheme, if the Wizards get back Bryant, Hachimura, Harrell, and Dinwiddie back soon, they can deploy a more effective platoon in terms of scoring.
Rockets: Frustration due to losses
Houston has suffered a fourteen-game losing streak before around November around and now they are on an eight-game losing streak, meaning they have suffered eight losses in a row twice. What happens then? A lot of frustration leads to coaches and players arguing, a lot of yelling, and a lot of disappointed faces. Houston is going through a tough phase since the departure of James Harden and it was clear that the team has opted for the rebuild mode and often rebuilds are painful and slow-developing, taking 100s of games to figure out the winning combinations. Now, with Green, Porter Jr., Martin Jr., and Sengun, the young core looks solid but I’d have liked to see better performances from Porter Jr., perhaps he needs a bit more time! With Eric Gordon, Christian Wood, Garrison Matthews, and Tate not playing as they did in November, a lot of weight are upon the shoulders of the young uns.
Washington Wizards | Houston Rockets
Games: 37| 38
Wins: 19| 10
Defeats: 18| 28
Washington Wizards Team News
Wizards Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Deni Advija
Frontline: PF: Kyle Kuzma C: Daniel Gafford
Guards: SG: Bradley Beal SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Bench: Alize Johnson, Davis Bertans, Corey Kispert, Isaiah Todd, Jamie Echenique, Cassius Winston, Craig Sword, Jordan Goodwin, Joel Ayayi.
Houston Rockets Team News
Rockets Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Jae’Sean Tate
Middle: C: Christian Wood
Guards: SG: Garrison Matthews, SG: Eric Gordon, SG: Jalen Green
BENCH: Kenyon Martin Jr., David Nwaba, D.J. Augustin, Josh Christopher, Daniel Theis, Trevelin Queen, Daishen Nix.
Christian Wood(HOU) is a great option in the middle and has helped the Rockets gain whatever little wins they have this season. Christian has scored in the 16-22 points range and has grabbed rebounds in 6-9. Both numbers are down since November.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-39
Bradley Beal (WAS)
Bradley is a high-yielding scorer at the off-guard position and he has certainly raised his scoring level with each month. He was scoring in the 19-23 points range as late as early December but has now raised it to 26-35 points recently. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 46-56
Eric is a sharpshooting guard who provides a lot of lift through his scoring abilities. However, the guard’s scoring range has gone down recently, he was figuring in the 18-24 points range during November but has been scoring in 12-16 points range recently.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-30
Kuzma has done an incredible job recently at raising both his scoring and rebounding after being so-so in terms of offense earlier in the season. Kyle has scored 22 or more in the last four games while grabbing 10-14 rebounds a game in the three last games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 41-57
Gafford has held the Center position admirably well with Thomas Bryant out due to an ACL injury for months now. The Center has scored in the 11-19 points range and has grabbed 8-11 rebounds a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-35
Jalen is a young shooter at the off-guard position and he has shown in his young career that he can develop into a high-yielding guard. He has scored 12, 29, 16, 24, 20 in the last five games and has scored 16+ points quite a bit this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 19-30
Matthews has given the semblance scoring-wise at the off-guard position and has helped stretch the floor. Garrison has produced varied scoring ranges, scoring in the 0-10, 11-20, and 20-30 ranges throughout the season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-37
PG: J Green
SG: B Beal(SP), K Porter
SF: D Avdija, K Martin
PF: K Kuzma(PP), C Wood
C: D Gafford
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