GSW vs SAC Dream11: COVID-19 has laid so many plans to dust and as a writer, it has been a particularly challenging period with so many lineup shuffles, game postponements, and lingering insecurities. Anyway, the Golden State Warriors will host the Sacramento Kings in a classic Western Conference tussle. Warriors have one of the best records in the league with just six losses and 24 wins while Kings have 18 losses and just 13 wins.
Warriors will be without Poole and Wiggins for this game and who knows if more players go missing considering the current frustrating scenario. Still, if Curry, Green, Looney, Iguodala, Lee, Payton, Bjelica, Toscano-Anderson, and Kuminga are active, the Warriors can at least field a strong defensive lineup.
Kings have been without Fox and Mitchell these days. With Haliburton and Buddy Hield, the starting backcourt still appears sturdy while Barnes at wing can score too. Richuan Holmes missed the last game and if he comes back, he gives great depth to the Center position although Tristan Thompson can get big on boards.
Host: Golden State Warriors
VisiSACs: Sacramento Kings
Match Timing: 21 December, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Chase Center
NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis
Warriors: They can get hurt
Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins combined for 30-40 points and with them gone, the Warriors lose quite a bit of an offensive edge. Golden State can still field a substantial defensive unit and with Green, Curry, and Looney you can still possess a switch-heavy defense. The question is who will generate quality offense apart from Curry, for whom the responsibilities will increase, the team will have to find some offensive spark from elsewhere. Damion Lee, Nemanja Bjelica, Gary Payton, and Kuminga can be some substantial options.
Kings: What they have at their disposal
Kings have had played one of the worst defenses in the league and if Warriors were totally healthy, the Kings would have had multiple headaches to take care of. Now, they will need to pincer Curry and if they are successful, they can shut down the Warriors’ offense in this game. The Kings offense has been riding on Haliburton, Hield, and Barnes right now, plus a 23-point night by Damian Jones will be encouraging. Now, how will the Kings perform on defense after being one of the worst in the league?
Golden State Warriors | Sacramento Kings
Games: 30| 31
Wins: 24| 13
Defeats: 06| 18
Golden State Warriors vs Sacramento Kings NBA Live, Team News and Lineups
Golden State Warriors Team News
- Klay Thompson is OUT. He is aiming for a return in a week or so.
- James Wiseman is OUT but he has returned to practice with the Warriors’ G-League affiliate
- Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins 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: Damion Lee, PG: Stephen Curry
BENCH: Gary Payton II, Moses Moody, Nemanja Bjelica, Jonathan Kuminga, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Chris Chiozza.
Sacramento Kings Team News
- De’Aaron Fox, Davion Mitchell, Alex Len, Louis King, Terance Davis, and Marvin Bagley III are in the COVID-19 protocols. Let us see if anyone among them is cleared before the game.
Sacramento Kings Expected Starting Five
Forwards: PF: Chimezie Metu SF: Harrison Barnes
Middle: C: Tristan Thompson
Guards: SG: Buddy Hield, PG: Tyrese Haliburton
BENCH: Damian Jones, Jahmius Ramsey, Maurice Harkless, Emmanuel Terry, Robert Woodward III, Neemias Queta.
NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks
Stephen Curry(GSW) has scored in the 22-32 points range throughout the season while he has scrapped 4-7 rebounds and assists on a regular basis. Curry has been slated as the early MVP candidate.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-53
Haliburton has a lot of potential at the one-guard position and seems like without Fox to share the ball, he can scrap out more assists and points as seen in the values above. He is an option for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 37-50
When Kings are largely healthy, Hield comes off the bench but he is actually a starting-level player. He has figured in the 16-22 points range but can see an uptick in the 23-29 points range with depleted options on offense.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 31-44
Draymond Green(GSW) is one of the best all-around players in the league. His points range has been 6-10, rebounding and assists range have been 6-11, while he can also get 2-3 combined blocks and steals every now and then.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-42
Barnes has been a stable scoring option for the Sacramento Kings at the wing position. The Forward has scored 14 or more in three of the last five games but his scoring range has taken a hit compared to early in the season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-37
Kuminga had a big game versus the Raptors but let us see if the rookie gets 36 minutes again with Draymond Green back. Still, he may eke out 20 minutes or so after a strong showing.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 14-34
GSW vs SAC Dream11 Lineup Balancers
- Damion Jones(SAC) bagged 23 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks in the last match.
- Chimezie Metu(SAC) scooped up 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 steals in the last game.
- Tristan Thompson(SAC) scooped up 8 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block in the last game.
- Juan Toscano-Anderson(GSW) had 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block in the last game.
- Kevon Looney(GSW) had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks in the last game.
- Gary Payton II(GSW) had 13 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals in the last game.
GSW vs SAC Dream11 Team
PG: S Curry(SP)
SG: B Hield, T Haliburton(PP)
SF: J Kuminga
PF: H Barnes, D Green, C Metu
C: K Looney
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