MEM vs LAL Dream11: In the strange world of the NBA, fortunes can overturn in a week, some teams can lose with their star players and others can find a spark even without them. One such team who has found such spark in Memphis Grizzlies host the superstar-loaded Los Angeles Lakers. Memphis has stayed above the 50% win mark despite missing Morant while the Lakers are just one game above the mark.
Memphis has done an incredible job even without Ja Morant. One of their wins against the struggling Thunder came at a 73 points margin and Memphis has displayed its depth in full flow. With Jaren Jackson, Dillon Brooks, Desmond Bane, and co., the team still has strong scoring options and the defense has been laudable too recently.
The Lakers are a challenging foe on the offensive but on most nights, their defense has allowed opponents to overrun them. Still, with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook in the mix accompanied by Malik Monk, Carmelo Anthony, and Taleh Horton-Tucker, this team can turn it around as the offense has gotten off to an expected strong start.
Host: Memphis Grizzlies
Visitors: Los Angeles Lakers
Match Timing: 10 December, @ 08:30 AM
Venue: Fed Ex Forum
NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis
Grizzlies: Improved defense
Although Memphis has usually played teams with losing records since Ja Morant is down, I have observed that the defense has picked up regardless. Is it because the new-look team is hustling hard to pick up the slack on both ends? I don’t know what is the reasons but then the current Memphis performances are inspiring in many ways and it shows that the team might have elevated its play without the star player. Are players like Jaren Jackson and Desmond Bane finding their identities in their young careers?
Lakers: What are they lacking
Having three 20+ points scorers, two 8+ assists makers, and three 10+ rebounds hoarders in Westbrook, James, and Davis, you can see how much the Lakers roster is stacked. The problem is that the defensive principles of the team have not been established and the squad has given up 110-120 points way too much. The team did restrict the Celtics to 102 but the Lakers fans will hope that it is not a one-off performance and if the Lakers figure out of the defense, the team can start dreaming about making a deep Playoff run.
LA Lakers| Memphis Grizzlies
Games: 25| 25
Wins: 13| 14
Defeats: 12| 11
Memphis Grizzlies vs Los Angeles Lakers NBA Live, Team News and Lineups
Memphis Grizzlies News
- Ja Morant is OUT and will miss a significant chunk of time
- Sam Merrill is OUT but will return soon.
- Kyle Anderson is QUESTIONABLE for the game
- Brandon Clarke is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
- Zaire Williams is QUESTIONABLE for the game
Grizzlies Expected Starting Five
Frontline: PF: Jaren Jackson Jr. C: Steven Adams
Guards: SF: Dillon Brooks, SG: Desmond Bane, PG: Tyus Jones
BENCH: Santi Aldama, Brandon Clarke, Dillon Brooks, Jarrett Culver, Xavier Tillman, Tyus Jones, John Konchar, Kyle Anderson, Sam Merrill, Yves Pons, Killian Tillie, Ziarie Williams.
Los Angeles Lakers Team News
- LeBron James is PROBABLE for this match.
- Anthony Davis is PROBABLE for this match.
- Trevor Ariza is OUT for this match.
- Kendrick Nunn is OUT For the match and without a timetable to return.
Lakers Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: LeBron James
Frontline: PF/C: Anthony Davis
Guards: SG: Avery Bradley, SG: Talen Horton-Tucker, PG: Russell Westbrook
BENCH: Wayne Ellington, Deandre Jordan, Kent Bazemore, Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo, Malik Monk, Jay Huff, Sekou Doumbouya.
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James has been clicking in terms of scoring this season and of course, he is an All-Around Player and reminds one of the Lakers great Magic Johnson. Guess what, the Superstar has scored 30 or more in four of the last five games, grabbing a ton of rebounds and handing over multiple assists. He is PROBABLE for this contest.
Jaren Jackson Jr.(MEM )
Jaren has certainly raised his offensive game without Morant in the picture and he is the key for current Memphis success on both ends of the floor. Even though he has scored 25 or more in most of the last five games, Jackson will need to stay out of foul trouble more often.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-50
Davis forms one of the most boisterous frontline pairings along with LeBron James. He can figure in the 20-30 points range, 10-16 rebounds, 3-5 assists, 1-2 steals, and blocks constantly. He is PROBABLE for the game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 47-57
Dillon Brooks(MEM )
Brooks shooting is crucial for Grizzlies if they want to continue the current run. The guard has scored in the 17-21 points range mostly but I feel he can expand it further,
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-36
Russell Westbrook (LAL)
Westbrook has continued to improve as a Laker Guard and his shooting efficiency is up considerably since Mid-November. Russell has mostly figured in 20-25 points, 6-11 rebounds, and 7-12 assists range for the Lakers this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 42-56
Desmond Bane(MEM )
Desmond has become a dependable scorer at such a young age and he has bolstered the guard scoring throughout the season. The Guard has figured in the 21-29 points range repeatedly this season. He has also grabbed 7 or more rebounds in three of the last five matches.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-44
After coming back from injury, Talen had some strong games but his production has taken a hit especially scoring-wise and efficiency-wise. Still, the guard is crucial for the Lakers scheme.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-34
MEM vs LAL DREAM11 LINEUP BALANCERS
- Malik Monk(LAL) scooped up 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal in the last game.
- Steven Adams(MEM ) lined up 6 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 6 turnovers in the last game.
- Carmelo Anthony(LAL) hoarded 9 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal in the last game.
- Tyus Jones(MEM ) hoarded 5 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal in the last game.
- Dwight Howard(LAL) lined up 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals in the last game.
- DeAnthony Melton(MEM ) scrapped 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists 2 steals in the last game.
MEM vs LAL Dream11 Team
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