GSW vs MEM Dream11: You may never know which player/players is/are going to land in the COVID-19 protocols with the pandemic storm raging once again. That is why giving an overview of the scenario has become a tenuous task. As if injuries weren’t enough to affect the analysis on a game-by-game basis, now the pandemic seems to be even more troublesome.
In this game, the Golden State Warriors will host the Memphis Grizzlies. The Warriors have won 25 out of the 31 games and are among the top two record-holders in the league, on the other hand, the Grizzlies have won 19 and lost 13 games, playing some of their best basketball this month.
Warriors played without Wiggins and Poole in the last game but when you have Curry and Green, you can still mount up a formidable offensive effort. Then with bench players like Andre Iguodala and Otto Porter Jr., the Warriors can still field a more than decent attack.
Grizzlies won around 75% of their games without Ja Morant and their defense has also improved significantly. Although the team lost with Ja back things will fall in place considering the potential of this young and bright squad.
Host: Golden State Warriors
Visitors: Memphis Grizzlies
Match Timing: 24 December, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Chase Center
NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis
Warriors: Running out of shooters
With Lee, Poole, and Wiggins out of the mix, there is no doubt that the Warriors are running out of perimeter shooters and scorers. It means more burden upon Curry and the defense can now concentrate on him since they will have more leeway. Still, with a playmaker like Green, some players like Gary Payton, Otto Porter Jr., and Andre Iguodala can get open looks too. Can Juan Toscano-Anderson show his all-around prowess in this thinned-down lineup. Defensively, Kerr kept the team tight, and with an anchor like Green, and defenders like Curry, Porter Jr., Payton, and Looney, the team is still formidable on that end.
Grizzlies: They can become a Playoff team
Memphis has a solid foundation and even if they don’t go far this season, they can become a force in the coming times. Why? With Bane, Jaren Jackson, Brooks, and Morant, the team is laced with four offensive options who can dip in 20 or more on a regular basis. If the Grizzlies attain a bit more scoring balance with Morant back then they can even make a deep run this season with an improved defense these days. The cursed pandemic has spoiled many team’s plans and Grizzlies will hope it doesn’t interfere with them at such a crucial stage.
Golden State Warriors | Memphis Grizzlies
Games: 31| 32
Wins: 25| 19
Defeats: 06| 13
Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies NBA Live, Team News and Lineups
Golden State Warriors Team News
- Klay Thompson is OUT. He will return next month now.
- James Wiseman is OUT and has no timetable to return
- Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Damion Lee are placed in COVID-19 protocols.
Warriors Expected Starting Five
Wings/Forwards: PF: Draymond Green SF: Juan Toscano-Anderson
Middle: C: Kevon Looney
Guards: SG: Gary Payton II PG: Stephen Curry
BENCH: Moses Moody, Nemanja Bjelica, Jonathan Kuminga, Otto Porter Jr., Chris Chiozza.
Memphis Grizzlies News
- Sam Merrill is OUT but will return soon.
- Santi Aldama is OUT for the game.
- Brandon Clarke is OUT for the game.
- Tyus Jones is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
- John Konchar is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
- Zaire Williams is OUT for the game
Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Frontline: PF: Jaren Jackson Jr. C: Steven Adams
Guards: SG: Dillon Brooks SG: Desmond Bane PG: Ja Morant
BENCH: Jarrett Culver, Xavier Tillman, John Konchar, DeAnthony Melton, Kyle Anderson, Yves Pons, Killian Tillie.
NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks
Despite the guard figuring in the 22-30 points range continually this month, Steph has shot around 30% from the three-point line which is below what we are accustomed to seeing. Still, with three of their major perimeter shooters out, his production is a golden chasm.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-53
Morant was back after three weeks in the last game and although he almost scored half of his season average, he did dish 8 assists which are on par with his season average. He is an option for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-50
Bane continues to showcase exciting growth as a guard and he can become 20+ points per game scorer for the coming years. The guard has continuously scored in the 20-25 points range throughout the month.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-47
Green had a 16 point game with Wiggins and Poole out, and history shows that the big Forward can pick up his scoring. He has scored in the 6-10 points range but can take it up to 10-15 points while grabbing 7-12 rebounds, and 7-11 assists on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 36-49
Jaren Jackson Jr.(MEM)
Jaren has picked up his scoring as the season has progressed and has been attempting more shots than before. The Forward can be expected to dip in 15-25 points, 5-8 rebounds, and get 1-2 blocks/steals a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-37
Gary Payton II(GSW)
With Damion Lee out, Gary can get the starting role if Poole and Wiggins continue to be in the protocols, Payton will be expected to play elite defense and chip in with 10+ points.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-29
GSW vs MEM Dream11 Lineup Balancers
- Dillon Brooks(MEM) bagged 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks in the last match. Has scored in the 19-23 points range consistently.
- Steve Adams(MEM) scooped up 3 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists in the last game. Has clasped 10 or more rebounds in most of the games lately.
- DeAnthony Melton(MEM) scooped up 4 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block in the last game. He can score 10 or more every second game or so.
- Andre Iguodala(GSW) had 10 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists, 1 steal in the last game. Iguodala has been handing over 5 or more assists quite a bit this season.
- Otto Porter Jr.(GSW) had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 blocks, 1 steal in the last game. Similar numbers can be expected from the wing.
- Juan Toscano-Anderson(GSW) had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last game.
- Kyle Anderson(MEM) scooped up 4 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists in the last game. He figures in the range above quite a bit.
GSW vs MEM Dream11 Team
PG: S Curry(SP), G Payton
SG: D Bane
SF: D Brooks
PF: D Green(PP), J Jackson, J Toscano-Anderson
C: S Adams
(Lineup will be updated once more some minutes before the game)
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