BOS vs CLE Dream11 Team Prediction:
COVID-19, with its despairing wings, makes life difficult for players, fans, management, league administration, writers, and anybody else involved in the league in any way. How can you gather information about the league when you have no idea who will be included in the protocols?
In any case, if the league takes off, writers will follow suit, and readers will tune in. As a result, the Boston Celtics take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the line-up balance toppling like a house of cards, noting records serves little purpose.
With a healthy roster, the Celtics haven’t done much, as their record of 15 wins and 16 losses demonstrates. Because Boston has so much talent and just a few teams have such strong guard depth, these losses are even more surprising. Tatum has been prolific, but he hasn’t been able to consistently motivate his team to win.
The Cavaliers were hit with the COVID-19 penalty after winning six games in a row. With Okoro, Allen, and Mobley out, their defence will suffer, but there is one bright spot. If the roster doesn’t take any more hits, they’ll be able to show off their plethora of bench players who can start for other teams.
Host: Boston Celtics
Visitors: Cleveland Cavaliers
Match Timing: 23rd December, @ 05:30 AM
Venue: TD Garden
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Many teams would covet a guard depth with three playmakers, shot creators, two tenacious defenders, and big-time scorers. The Celtics have a depth guard position with Jaylen Brown, Dennis Schroeder, and Marcus Smart.
When healthy, the Celtics, with Horford, Richardson, and talented bench players like Grant Williams, demonstrate a wonderfully built roster with a wing like Tatum and a centre like Robert Williams, as well as a back-up like Enes Freedom.
So, why haven’t there been any outcomes? To put it bluntly, there is a dearth of team cohesion, and several players have yet to find their stride. Will there be any trades in the near future?
The Cavaliers have outperformed expectations and are one of the few teams in the contemporary NBA to consistently start three large forwards/centers. The Cavaliers have been a defensive powerhouse due to their length, quickness, and discipline.
Now that Allen, Mobley, Okoro, and other defenders are injured, that part of the game may suffer. Even so, the team can deploy two playmakers, two talented stretch-fours, and a shot-creator with Love, Garland, Rubio, Markkanen, Osman, and whoever else joins them.
If these guys are active for the game, the Cavs can’t be taken lightly, but they have already suffered too much from COVID-19.
Boston Celtics | Cleveland Cavaliers
Games: 31| 31
Wins: 15| 19
Defeats: 16| 12
BOS vs CLE Team News and Lineups:
BOS Team News:
- Romeo Langford is OUT for the game.
- Al Horford is OUT for the game.
- Grant Williams is OUT for the game.
- Josh Richardson is OUT for the game.
- Juancho Hernangomez is OUT for the game.
- Sam Hauser is OUT for the game.
- Jabari Parker is OUT for the game.
Celtics Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Jayson Tatum
Middle: C: Robert Williams III
Guards: SG: Jaylen Brown, PG: Josh Richardson, PG: Marcus Smart
BENCH: Payton Pritchard, Brodric Thomas, CJ Miles, Justin Jackson, Bruno Fernando, Enes Freedom
CLE Team News:
- Collin Sexton is OUT for the game and will miss the rest of the season.
- Jarrett Allen, Evan Mobley, RJ Nembhard, Isaac Okoro, Dylan Windler, LaMar Stevens, Denzel Valentine, and Ed Davis are in health & safety protocols.
Cavaliers Expected Starting Five
Wing: SF: Cedi Osman
Frontline: PF: Dean Wade PF: Lauri Markkanen
Guards: PG: Kevin Pangos PG: Darius Garland
BENCH: Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, Justin Anderson, Luke Kornet, Tacko Fall.
Fantasy Basketball Top Picks:
Tatum has been one of those few players this season who has hit the floor regularly this season. And when he hits the floor, a 24+ points night is a norm for the talented wing. Tatum has also grabbed 6-12 rebounds and has handed over 4-6 assists a game continuously this season.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-50
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With the list of absentees growing at an alarming pace, Garland will have to be even more assertive on the offensive end. And the guard can certainly do that he has lodged 20+ points and 6+ assists a game regularly this season. He is an option for Star/Pro Player in the Dream11 NBA scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-52
Jaylen’s season has been marred with injuries but when he is good to go, he can wreak havoc through his all-around toolkit. The highly talented off-guard has figured in the 20-30 points range, clasping 5-9 rebounds and assists on a regular basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-52
Rubio is a starting level player and amidst the number of absentees, his role will only see further expansion. The guard has led the Cavaliers in assists during the last few games, dishing them in a 7-11 range while scoring-wise, he can be in single digits mostly, but with a depleted roster, he can go past 10 points.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-42
Smart has been a little inconsistent on the offensive end but a 14-19 points range outing is not surprising on a regular basis. The pesky defensive perimeter guard has compiled 6-8 rebounds and 5-8 assists a game on a consistent basis.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-40
The longest-tenured player for the Cavs right now, the highly talented big Forward has shown the way off the bench. Love has been a factor in Cleveland’s schemes and has scored 15 or more in three straight games while grabbing 6-9 rebounds a game.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-37
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Dream11 Lineup Balancers: BOS vs CLE
- Cedi Osman(CLE ) had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal in the last match. He can see similar numbers with a short-handed roster
- Enes Freedom(BOS ) bagged 15 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal in the last match. He can get similar production when given 30+ minutes.
- Dennis Schroeder(BOS ) scooped up 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist in the last game. He has the potential to score 15-20 points but has been highly inconsistent
- Payton Pritchard(BOS ) scooped up 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals in the last game. His minutes were scrapped by the team but with a host of absentees, he can get back in action.
- Lauri Markkanen(CLE ) had 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals in the last game. Perhaps his 8-12 points range can see an uptick?
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