UTA vs POR Dream11: The Western Conference has been well known for its engrossing rivalries and high level of gameplay. In this match, classic rivals Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers face each other. Details such as the team evaluation, fantasy lineup, and last game stats are given below.
Utah is six games above the 50% win mark. Sure, the squad has a winning record and will most likely make the postseason. But what then? Utah’s legacy has been questioned in recent years because the squad does well in the Regular Season but doesn’t have much to show for when it comes to the Playoffs.
Unlike Utah, Portland has not had the luxury to be called an elite basketball squad in the Regular Season. With the backcourt of Lillard-McCollum, that is highly surprising but the Trail Blazers defense has abandoned for a long time now. The team has only won half of its 20 games and at this rate, the unit will struggle to make the Playoffs like last season.
Host: Utah Jazz
Visitors: Portland Trail Blazers
Match Timing: 30 November, @ 07:30 AM
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena
NBA Projections, Stats & Analysis
Jazz: Same core but is there same ruthlessness?
Utah Jazz has lost to two sub-par squads in Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans recently(the latter being in a worse position than Grizzlies). These games have been close, lost on the late-game shots, plus many teams with losing records have engaged in close tussles with Jazz this season. Last season, Jazz had the best record, but now with Suns and Warriors on power boosters, that looks unlikely. Still, with Mitchell as the iso scorer, Bogdanovic as the floor stretcher, and with guards like Conley and Clarkson, guided by the defensive anchor Rudy Gobert, you expect Utah to win more than 48 games this season.
Portland: No Defense
A team like Trail Blazers can’t afford many offensive lapses as their defense is downright horrible. Portland has been unable to contain opponents’ offense for some years now and it remains the Achilles Heel. Damian and CJ have been on-and-off on offense usually and while they had strong performances here and there individually, the two have not come up big together in the same game that much. There is some depth with Simons, Nance, Little coming off the bench but still, even the bench players lack consistency. With Powell and Nurkic in the frontline, generating offense is not much trouble but perhaps Robert Covington is the only decent defender in the starting unit. Portland needs to fix its defense big time or the team will keep struggling.
Utah Jazz | Portland Trail Blazers
Games: 20| 20
Wins: 13| 10
Defeats: 07| 10
Utah Jazz vs Portland Trail Blazers NBA Live, Team News and Lineups
Utah Jazz Team News
- Royce O’ Neale is QUESTIONABLE for the game.
Jazz Expected Starting Five
SF: Bojan Bogdanovic PF: Joe Ingles
C: Rudy Gobert
SG: Donovan Mitchell PG: Mike Conley
Utah Jazz Bench: Elijah Hughes, Hassan Whiteside, Eric Paschall, Malik Fitts, Macio Teague, Udoka Azubuike, Jordan Clarkson, Trent Forrest, Miye Oni, Jared Butler, Rudy Gay.
Portland Trailblazers Team News
- No injuries have been reported so far
Trailblazers Expected Starting Five
PF: Robert Covington SF: Norman Powell
C: Jusuf Nurkic
SG: CJ McCollum PG: Damian Lillard
BENCH: Tony Snell, Ben Mclemore, Larry Nance Jr., GSWnis Smith Jr., Anfernee Simmons, CJ Elleby, Nasir Little, Keljin Blevins, Greg Brown III, Cody Zeller.
NBA Scores, Fantasy Basketball Top Picks
Mitchell can create a ton of offense and his ability to put up 20-30 points regularly makes him a threat. Donovan has scored 16 or more four times in five matches but his best stretch occurred before this five-game window.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 35-44
Lillard is coming into this game after a tough 5/15 shooting night against Golden State. His scoring and efficiency are both down after he averaged around 30 points per game last season. However, before the tough night against the Warriors, he had compiled two games with 30+ points and had at least scored 22 points in the four games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-55
Gobert has led the Jazz in rebounding during all the games for the team. Rudy is a solid presence in the middle and his length and ability to time his jump make him one of the best defenders in the league. He is an option for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 30-50
Nurkic has had some inconsistency on the offensive end this season but has done well in the second half of November. He has scored 17 or more thrice in the last five games, including a 28 point game. Meanwhile, he has pulled 11 or more rebounds thrice in that five-game window.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-48
Bogdanovic is one of the best shooters in the league and is averaging around 17 a game on 39.7% three-point shooting. He has scored 19 or more thrice in the last five games.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-37
CJ is a special talent scoring-wise but his numbers are way down like Damian when it comes to scoring. CJ who enjoyed 20-25 points nights regularly last season has breached the 20+ points mark only once in the last five games. Still, it seems he will get it together soon.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-36
UTA vs POR Dream11 Lineup Balancers
- Mike Conley (UTA ) scooped up 20 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal in the last game.
- Norman Powell(POR) had 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists in the last match.
- Anfernee Simons(POR) had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals in the last game.
- Jordan Clarkson(UTA) bagged 20 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal in the last match.
- Rudy Gay(UTA) scooped up 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal in the last game.
- Joe Ingles(UTA) scooped up 15 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game.
- Robert Covington(POR) had 9 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in the last game.
- Larry Nance Jr.(POR) had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal in the last game.
UTA vs POR Dream11 Team
PG: D Lillard(SP), D Mitchell(PP)
SG: J Clarkson
SF: J Ingles
PF: R Covington, L Nance-Jr, R Gay
C: R Gobert
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