Description: DEN Vs UTA Dream11 Team Overview, Match Centre And Probable Playing 5: Utah Jazz look to placate Denver’s rampant attacking force today.
Both Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz finished with a 3-6 record inside the seeding round but more importantly it were the three positions which separated the two. Where Denver Nuggets challenged LA Clippers for second place, Utah Jazz waned and regressed in from since the start of the bubble to stumble their way in the Western Conference.
However, while they managed to finish their seeding round with a 118-112 win over San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets went onto register their third defeat in a row. The 117-109 defeat at the hands of the Raptors left the side in a precarious position ahead of the upcoming playoffs with the side having been in appalling touch after its opening burst.
With both the sides enduring identical sorties in the seeding round with either side looking to shuffle around with its playing 5 and manage players’ minutes, today’s opening game in the playoffs has the potential to be a humdinger. These two are well matched and take on each on level footing, a game which can easily explode and regale us in an edge of the seat thriller.
DEN Vs UTA Dream11 Probable Winner
Utah Jazz’s defence against Denver’s attack will determine the winner of this outcome. This will be a tie where Utah’s ability to register boards and pacify attacks will come to the fore as the side looks to curtail a Denver attack which has put many in jeopardy this season.
And while Utah will succeed in their task, Denver have just way too much firepower in their ranks, one which should take the side to a 1-0 lead in the series.
Probable Playing 5
Jamal, Craig, Michael, Paul, Jokic
Robert, Royce, Joe, Jordan, Donovan
NBA Playoffs 2019-20
Match: Denver Nuggets Vs Utah Jazz Game 1
Date And Time: 17th August, Monday: 11:00pm
Venue: The Field House, Orlando
- Nikola: 19.9 ppg
- Jordan: 15.6 ppg
Best Ball Stealer
- Nikola: 9.9 rpg
- Gobert: 13.5 rpg
Raptors Vs Denver: 117-109
Utah Vs San Antonio Spurs: 118-112
Dream 11 Picks
Although his minutes are set to be massively reduced on that the playoffs are upon us, P.J. Dozier made a real case for escalated appearances after his rousing performance the last time around. He ended up dropping 29 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds against the Raptors, a performance which could end up serving as a defining moment in his career.
Partnering him up will be Torrey Craig. At a meagre 6 credits, the point guard’s 7 ppg and 4 rpg serve him fruitfully, someone capable of coming up with the offhanded shots for his side on ample occasions.
Donovan Mitchell becomes the first player to be inducted into our side from Utah Jazz for the upcoming encounter. The player showed why he’s the fulcrum of the side’s attack in his bygone skirmish as he dropped a behemoth 35 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds to run the show for the side.
16.7 ppg and 6 rpb and Michael Porter Jr. has torched his way into Denver’s starting rotations out of nowhere. The most improved player for the side since the league’s restart, his ability to backtrack and come up with points in the paint has seen him wreak havoc.
He’s going to largely play as a substitute today but that does not deter us from opting for Keita Bates-Diop for this one. He’s shown what he’s capable of in limited appearances with the player needed frugal minutes the last time around to deliver 11 points and 6 rebounds.
The last time Utah and Denver met each other in the league, Royce O’Neale provided a glimpse into his defensive style of player. With 11 defensive rebounds, he was crucial at curtailing Denver from scoring on the day with his pluck helping the side pose a stern test to today’s opponent.
Rudy Gobert has been the fulcrum of both attack and defence for Utah this season. Not only is he top scoring player for the side with the 18 ppg but has also the most rebounds at 14 rpg with his expertise helping the side emerge to this stage without any qualms.
Countering Gobert for Denver is Nikola Jovic. With a behemoth 22 ppg and 10.5 rpg, he’s taken over the side’s gameplan, a player whose forte in coming up with the crossovers and handles has seen him layup jump shots with ease.
The ease with which he’s cajoled his way the double-doubles see Nikola be our star player while Donovan is the pro player.
Dream 11 Team
Dozier, Donovan, Craig, Michael, Keita, Royce, Jokic, Gobert
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All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.