DEN vs POR Dream11: Western Conference is full of intense rivalries and it has a lot of depth. In this game, a defensive-minded Denver Nuggets meet a struggling Portland Trailblazers. Nuggets are on a four-game winning streak while Portland Trailblazers are 1 game under the 50% win-loss record.
Nuggets are playing without Porter Jr. and Murray but Jokic and co. have held the fort. Barton has elevated his game, Gordon is a reliable Forward. Morris gives shooting from the perimeter while Bones Hyland has done well too. Jeff Green is always a dependable Forward too. Portland’s All-star backcourt of Lillard and McCollum has seen major shooting struggles. Nurkic is a gutsy Center but has been plagued by defensive inconsistencies. Meanwhile, Covington has also struggled a little. Powell has been a force scoring-wise while Nasir Little has staked a claim for more minutes.
Host: Denver Nuggets
Visitors: Portland Trailblazers
Match Timing: 15 November, @ 06:30 AM
Venue: Ball Arena
NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis
Nuggets: Best Defensive Unit
Nuggets coach Michael Malone must be pleased with his team’s defense. Denver allows the least points per game at 98.3, making up for a lack of depth on offense. The team is half-courted oriented with Jokic setting it up on the post and figures as the third slowest team at a pace of 97.0. Nuggets are not putting up a ton of points so they have to cover ground on defense.
Trailblazers: Shooting struggles and flailing defense
Trailblazers have been average at best in terms of defense which holds them back every season. The team allows 107.8 PPG and scores around 109.0 PPG. However, the scoring number can be a tad misleading because both the guards Lillard and McCollum have struggled shooting-wise. Nurk has not been imposing on the offensive in the middle but Powell has done well. Maybe the team should play Nasir Little play more?
Denver Nuggets | Portland Trailblazers
Games: 12| 13
Wins: 08| 06
Defeats: 04| 07
Denver Nuggets vs Portland Trailblazers NBA Live, Team News and Lineups
Portland Trailblazers Team News
- Damian Lillard has been ruled OUT for this game
Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
PF: Robert Covington SF: Norman Powell C: Jusuf Nurkic
SG: Anfernee Simons PG: CJ McCollum
BENCH: Tony Snell, Ben MDEN more, Larry Nance Jr., Dennis Smith Jr., Anfernee Simmons, CJ Elleby, Nasir Little, Keljin Blevins, Greg Brown III, Cody Zeller.
Denver Nuggets Team News
- Jamal Murray is still progressing from his knee injury and is not expected to be back soon. He will be OUT for this game.
- Michael Porter Jr. is OUT for this game.
- Vlatko Cancar is OUT for this game.
PF: Aaron Gordon SF: Jeff Green C: Nikola Jokic
SG: Will Barton PG: Monte Morris
BENCH: PJ Dozier, Austin Rivers, Bol Bol, Markus Howard, Zeke Nnaji, Petr Cornelie, , Davon Reed, Matt Ryan, Nah’shon Hyland.
NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks
Nikola Jokic (DEN)
Jokic is the reigning MVP and continually shows that he has deserved the award. The all-around big has scored 22 or more in the last five games and has notched two triple-doubles in a row as well.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 50-69
McCollum has more than one way to score from the floor and is a tough player to stop. The guard has struggled to shoot a bit recently but has managed 17 or more points in three of the last five games. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range 41-5
Will Barton (DEN)
Barton comes into this contest after one of his lowest-scoring games. However, that doesn’t matter, since prior to that he had scored 25 or more in three of the four games. Barton has helped Nuggets in absence of Michael Porter and Murray.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-45
Jusuf Nurkic (POR)
Nurkic can notch both double-digit points and rebounds at a regular clip. He has clinched 9 or more rebounds in two of the last five games and has scored 10 or more in four of those games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-44
Norman Powell (POR)
Norman is a bonafide scoring threat at the wing position. With Lillard out of the fray, he will be expected to carry a ton of load. He has scored 23 or more points in three of the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-31
Gordon is not the most assertive offensive player but he will enter the game after a red-hot night. The athletic Forward is averaging 1.6 BPG in the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-34
- Nasir Little(POR) had 13 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists 2 steals, 1 block in the last game.
- Monte Morris(DEN) had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists in the last game.
- Larry Nance(POR) had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in the last game.
- Bones Hyland(DEN) had 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists in the last game.
DEN vs POR Dream11 Team
PG: M Morris
SG: W Barton, C Mccollum(PP)
SF: N Little, N Powell
PF: J Green, L Nance-Jr
C: N Jokic(SP)